Why Feed a Raw Food Diet?

Nearly half of US deaths can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Isn’t that amazing?! At least half of us could decide to live longer and better!

Can this be true for our dogs?

Yes! It’s no secret that a diet made with processed foods is bad for our health, and that organic, non-processed food is better for us humans. Any doctor can tell their human patients that. So why do we keep feeding 100% processed food to our dogs? Why do we keep feeding our dogs food that doesn’t have the macronutrients they need? Food that uses pooly sources ingredients? Food that is making them sicker, not healthier?

A Raw Food Diet Can Increase Your Dog’s Lifespan for Up to 3 Years

Nutrition is the cornerstone of health. When your dog eats healthy, nutritious, wholesome food that is appropriate for its species, its whole body—all the cells, organs, and systems—are supported. And when the body is supported, your dog can live its optimal life.

Dogs evolved from wolves, and while they’ve changed in a lot of ways from wolves, on the inside they’re still pretty similar to them. And by “on the inside,” I mean their guts. For optimal health they need raw meat, bones, and even organs and glands (I promise this is easier than it sounds)!

Commercial pet food has taken control of what we choose to feed our dogs. While “quick” and “convenient,” commercial pet food isn’t species-appropriate and certainly isn’t healthy (just like a fast food burger is “quick” and “convenient,” but definitely isn’t healthy!).

Unfortunately, processed pet food throws our dogs’ bodies out of balance and leads to acute conditions which, if allowed to continue, can eventually become full-blown chronic illnesses.

Feeding Raw Supports Your Dog’s Health

It doesn’t matter if your dog is a high-performance working dog, show ring champion, or beloved family pet. They deserve the best.

The sooner you adopt a raw food diet for your dog, the more life-changing the results are going to be. Make the change today!

Feeding a species-appropriate diet to your dog has so many incredible benefits, and here at Raw Pets Thrive, we’ll help you every step of the way!

Some of the many benefits of a raw diet:

  • Raw Food DietHealthy, shiny, soft coat and skin
  • Lean muscle and great body condition
  • Clear, bright eyes
  • Smaller, fewer, denser, less smelly stools
  • No “doggy odor”
  • Significant mental clarity and alertness
  • Power and endurance—which is especially great for working or performance dogs
  • Clean, sparkling teeth and healthy gums
  • A strong, supported, balanced immune system
  • Overall, a happy, thriving dog!
Canine enjoying raw food dietOur dogs are carnivores, so it makes sense to feed them a diet appropriate for carnivores.  Many people believe that dogs are omnivores, but their anatomy and physiology tells us differently:

  • Every tooth they have is sharp so they can rip into meat. This is in contrast to omnivores and herbivores, both of which have mostly flat teeth.
  • Like hyenas and wolves, dogs have carnassial teeth. These modified molars are only found in certain carnivore species, and give them the ability to shear through meat.

Compare the dog skull (left) with the boar skull (right).  It’s pretty easy to see the differences between the carnivore and the omnivore!

Dog skull            Pig skull 2

  • Dogs don’t produce any amylase (the enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates) in their saliva, and the little bit of amylase that their pancreas produces isn’t enough to effectively break down carbohydrates.
  • Their pancreas doesn’t produce any cellulase, so they can’t break down cellulose at all.
  • Dogs have very short, smooth colons and intestines, relative to ours. This lets them move flesh and organ meat through quickly, so bacteria don’t have any time to gain a foothold.
  • Their stomachs have almost 10 times the amount of hydrochloric acid than ours do. This helps them break down and digest raw meat and bones safely.
Canines were not designed for kibbleProcessed pet food, whether it is “premium” or just regular old kibble:

  • Is often made from poor-quality ingredients, including 4D meat (meat from dead, dying, disabled, or diseased animals)
  • Often contains fillers, such as vegetables, fruits, and grains, that aren’t species-appropriate
  • Frequently has antibiotics and other medications that were given to the animals used to make the kibble
  • Generally has some sort of synthetic vitamin pack or other mixture sprayed on it to make it palatable to dogs
  • Is cooked, which modifies the molecular structure of the protein—which means your dog can’t effectively use the proteins/amino acids that have been cooked
  • Contributes to tooth decay and poor oral health
  • Floods the dog’s body with toxins and triggers an immune response, which, over time, can lead to chronic conditions

The bottom line? Processed pet food, such as kibble and canned food, is not a good source of nutrition for your dog. The best food, and the foundation for your dog’s health, is a diet of raw meaty bones, organs, and glands from animals that are hormone- and antibiotic-free, pasture-raised, and fed a species-appropriate, organic diet of their own.