Through my research for
a healthy diet I have concluded a raw diet best suits my dogs.
I was led to the search after discovering that one of my "girls"
had an intolerance to kibble, beef and grains. My internet search
led me down the path to "raw feeding."
I would like to
share some of the knowledge I have learned regarding raw diets
and also reccomended books and links to assist you on your own
search, education, and conclusions. A dog's digestive system is
no different then his wild conterparts, the wolf. A dog's teeth
is meant for ripping and tearing raw meat and bone. The dog is
not designed to chew and digest a cooked, grain-based food. Commercial
dog food is cooked and, therefore, low in the nutrients that promote
good health. All the natural enzymes are lost. Vitamins have to
be added back artifically along with chemicals, salts and sugars.
intake during growth produces skeletal problems. According to
veterinary knowledge, the gene factor causes 20-40% of most juvenile
bone disease. This leaves other factors responsible for a whopping
60-80%. These factors include what a pup is fed and how it is
exercised, according to D.r Ian Bilinghurst.
There is also
a list that compiles many other lists that focus on raw feeding.
Many of these forums are breed specific, location specific or
Raw Feeding Email Lists