Raw Food Diet for Dogs
What a raw diet for dogs typically consists of
- Muscle meat – often still on the bone
- Bones - either ground or whole
- Organ meats – such as kidneys and livers
- Raw eggs
- Apples and other fruit
- Vegetables – such as broccoli, spinach, and celery
- Some dairy, such as yogurt
Not only is eating natural raw foods excellent and imperative for humans, but pet owners are turning to raw food diets for their dogs and cats as well. You might not realize it, but feeding your pet a natural diet is surely one of the most important steps and gifts you can give your pet long-term.
Meat, bone, fiber, fats, leafy green matter, organ meats - that is what your domestic cat or dog of today would have eaten at the dawn of time in order to survive and thrive. You might be thinking here that it all sounds pretty easy to just give your dog raw meat. But beware, that is not giving him a meal that is complete or balanced.
If you are interested in starting your best friend off on a raw diet, you will need to also include finely minced greens – this could be greens like sprouts, or parsley, wheat grass or barley, beetroot, or celery, broccoli tops, baby spinach, sweet potato, kale or edible weeds like chickweed, dandelion, or cobbles pegs. Why must your dog get all these greens? Simply because greens add all the beneficial fiber and blood-cleansing phytonutrients. Do it for a while and see how your dog thrives.
Around 20% of your dog’s meals can consist of leafy green matter – it’s outstanding for dogs that need to lose weight too. Naturally, cats will require a lower proportion of plant foods; only around 5-10% is adequate for them. Some cats will even graze on pots of fresh herbs or wheatgrass if it is grown around the house.
If it is not possible for you to formulate a complete, balanced diet based on some of these recommendations, there are reputable companies out there, particularly the organic ones which will include muscle and organ meats in their foods, with probiotics that have been added, along with ground bone, all in perfect balance. Some ensure that their excellent raw meal is totally free of factory farmed meats. You will find plenty of information you need online as well.