Are you already feeding your dog a raw food diet? Here’s how to make sure they are getting all the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy and thrive.
How To Feed Your Dog A Nutritionally Balanced Raw Diet
Just like humans, dogs have a complex variety of nutritional needs in order to live a long, healthy, disease-free life. Their dietary needs are very different from a human’s or even other animals. If you have decided to make a raw food diet at home for your fur baby, it is important to create a diet intentionally and after being thoroughly educated.
Even after doing your research and crafting a special diet with all the right ingredients, it is possible to miss key vitamins or minerals which can create deficiencies and health problems later on. It might be a good idea to document everything you are putting in Fido’s bowl so that you can run it by their veterinarian or a dog nutritional specialist every few months.
The Benefits Of Buying Locally Raised Raw Meat Products
The best meat products to buy your dog would come from locally grown, organic meat farmers. These are not only fresh, free of antibiotics and hormones, and nutritionally incredible for your fur baby, but buying local also supports the environment by lessening fossil fuels. Depending on the size of your dog, this type of meat can get quite expensive to buy for daily meals. For some, this is not an issue but for others, it may create some serious budgeting issues.
In the wild, your dog’s relatives eat not only muscle meat that we humans are used to consuming, but they devour small bones, internal organs, and any and all available muscle meat. By doing so they get a complete nutritionally dense meal that contains important trace minerals, vitamins, fats, calcium, and other important nutrients. If you want to feed your beloved canine companion a raw food diet, it must be more complex than just vegetables and some chicken thighs or beef cuts. You want to include hearty organ meats, raw bones, and various other meat-based products.
What About Antioxidants, Probiotics, and Enzymes?
For optimal digestion, it may be beneficial to add some dog-safe vegetable, raw fruits, antioxidant-rich foods, and probiotics. These would normally be found in the digestive system of prey animals eaten by carnivores and will improve digestibility and absorbability of nutrients in the meat.
How Much Meat Vs Other Ingredients Should I Put In My Dog’s Raw Food Diet?
For dogs, 75% of the meal should be meat-based, including muscle meats, organs, small bones, etc. The other 25% should be vegetables/fruits. You can also add a homemade probiotic/enzyme/mineral blend to ensure they have a balanced gut microbiome.
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