This Article is About
raw diet for dogs
sled dogs
commercial dog food
household pets
whiter teeth
dog foods
Changing To A Raw Diet For Dogs
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Changing to A Raw Diet for Dogs

For years and years, domesticated dogs have been fed a combination of processed offal, crouton by-products and some meat, known as your dog food. According to some however, dogs are more naturally suited to a raw carnivorous diet, having descended from the feral wolves of the wild. Feeding greyhounds and sled dogs this sort of diet has apparently been a lasting tradition, but this practice has only gained popularity in the last two decades, but more and more people are drawn to doing the same in recent years.

Supporters of this belief have shifted from purchasing commercial dog food to feeding their household pets with raw food. Initially, the raw diet for dogs had to be prepared manually by grinding raw meat, fresh vegetables and throwing in some bone. But now, there are commercialized per-prepared raw dog foods that can be put in the freezer, thawed, and fed to pets. Processed dog food is said to have lesser nutrients as opposed to the raw and organic diet, resulting in dogs with greater stamina. General observation of the effects of this change in diet include: an improvement in coat shine, healthier skin, and increased energy. Other positive effects include a decrease in stool size and stronger, whiter teeth.

There are dangers to feeding dogs raw food, but just like with human food, it all depends on the preparation. The responsible owner has to ensure that the meat and bone constituents are washed thoroughly and stored in dry containers inside the freezer, and fed immediately to avoid the growth of microorganisms. Changing diets of animals is no different from changing diets for humans—sudden switches may cause short- or long-term adverse effects. Think of the switch as something like from a vegetarian to an omnivorous diet: the person will not like it, and at the worst, may even be allergic to the new food.

This is why there are recommendations to make the transition easier for both dog and human owner. One recommendation is to make changes to the feeding schedule, and limit the amount of treats that the dog receives, to induce hunger and craving for any food type. This will allow the introduction of the new raw diet with minimal rejection to complete acceptance. Another one is keeping variety: no one wants to eat the same thing every single day, and that is also true for dogs. They may become disinterested and stop eating altogether, so different combinations and of meat and vegetables are recommended. The best raw dog food recipes include a good variety of foods. Lastly, make meal times fun, like you would for a child—after all, your dog is part of the family.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
The Benefits Of A Raw Diet for Dogs Explained
Ever since dogs became domesticated pets, commercial dog food has been developed and sold in the market. However, recent propositions have been put forth saying that dogs are better off with a feeding program which is similar to what their ancestors were used to: raw food. Many dog owners who…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jul 12, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Husky Training Tips - Ways To Train Your Husky Effectively
If you are looking for a few Husky training tips, or are wondering why your Husky never obeys you, then you will want to read this article. In order to effectively train your Husky, you should understand the background of this breed, why training this breed is different from other…
By: Christina Decker in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jan 24, 2011  
1
  Likes: 6

Healthiest Dog Food
Most dog owners do their very best to ensure that their dogs are healthy. If their pets appear to be well, they assume that they are in good physical health. Quite often, though, by the time the symptoms of illness become noticeable, it is usually too late to save them.…
By: Jan W in  Pets  >  Dogs   Mar 07, 2012  
4
  Likes: 1

Treat Your Dog's Allergies Naturally - Part 1
Dog allergies? What? I was in shock. The woman who was my "doggie daycare" provider, the shorter, female version of Cesar Milan (The Dog Whisperer) told me, after spending many days with my German Shepherd who was sick with one of her many "health problems" again. I thought only people…
By: Cheryl2 in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 27, 2012  
1
  Likes: 0

Treat Your Dog's Allergies Naturally Part 2
We've learned already that corn, an ingredient used in most commercial dog food, is something that many dogs are allergic to. It's important to remember that a dog can develop an allergy to almost anything that they are exposed to over time, but some dogs seem to have been born…
By: Cheryl2 in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 27, 2012  
3
  Likes: 2

Homemade Dog Food - The Right Choice
Ever consider feeding your dog homemade dog food or raw dog food? Have you ever wondered what really is in commercial dog food that you buy from your local supermarket? The answer is shocking. I have fed my dog commercial dog food all his life and I just recently lost…
By: csalo in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 21, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

Best Dog Food For Overweight Dogs
I have an overweight Labrador. I know I have to help him with the weight problem, but here’s my dilemma. I want him to lose weight and enjoy his food. Since he went onto diet food I have become increasingly frustrated about finding a feed that will keep him healthy…
By: Janice Watson in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 07, 2013  
3
  Likes: 16

Foods You Shouldn't Feed Your Dogs?
I read all the time statements saying "Don't feed you dogs human food". Well when I was a very young girl and living on the farm, we had only human food. We would grow all our food like veggies, livestock, and chickens, and nothing would go to waste. When we'd…
By: Harriet Kyle in  Pets  >  Dogs   Sep 13, 2012  
11
  Likes: 2

The Benefits Of A Raw Diet for Dogs Explained
Ever since dogs became domesticated pets, commercial dog food has been developed and sold in the market. However, recent propositions have been put forth saying that dogs are better off with a feeding program which is similar to what their ancestors were used to: raw food. Many dog owners who…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jul 12, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

About Dogs - Homemade Dry Dog Food
Keeping your dog healthy is one of the most important things you can do for it. Improving your dogs diet is a sure fire way to achieving this so knowing exactly what your dog is eating will be a big advantage. The best way to do this is to try…
By: Chris Evans in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jul 03, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Raw Dog Food Diet
Barf raw dog food is much healthier than commercial dog food for yoiur dog! Many of us simply run to the store and grab a few cans of dog food or a big bag of kibbel when our furry buddies are running low on food. However, did you know that…
By: Cary Richards in  Pets  >  Dogs   Aug 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Is Your Dog at Risk for Canine Influenza?
It seems like everyone is getting the flu these days. Even birds! But, did you know that your dog can contact the flu? I know it sounds crazy but, it's true. Canine Influenza. Canine influenza is highly contagious. It's caused by a new virus so your dog has no natural…
By: firecrow67 in  Pets  >  Dogs   Mar 27, 2011  
1
  Likes: 3

BARF raw food diet comparison
Comparing the BARF raw dog food diet with traditional feeding methods. BARF is an acronym meaning Bones And Raw Food As a dog owner you have many different choices of what to feed your dog. Most people of course, will simply run to the grocery store and grab a bag…
By: Cary Richards in  Pets  >  Dogs   Aug 12, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Tanks Ears
I have had my Rotty for 5 years now. He was around three months old when I got him. He was the cutest little guy ever. I thought He looked like a little baby bear cub. Just about as wild also. He was definitly a handful. I did all the…
By: firecrow67 in  Pets  >  Dogs   Apr 19, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Reasons to Choose A Patient Driving Instructor Weston - super - mare
Individuals who would like to make the learning how to drive process enjoyable should start by hiring a competent, friendly Driving Instructor Weston-super-Mare. The instructor you choose to work with should ensure you make the most of your Driving Lessons Weston-super-Mare and he should make sure you do not waste…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1150    Report this Article