Optimal Dog Care – Part 1 ; Working towards the Optimal health of your dog is in its diet.
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The health of your dog is in the diet. Our dogs need healthy immune systems so they can cope with the environment they live in. Much has changed in the way we now can feed our animals but the choice is ours, commercial verses natural!
My way of thinking is about processed or not processed food. There is a lot said about what processed food does to us and our children so why treat our dog any differently?
Firstly we must look at what the dogs ancestors ate and how animals in the wild survived over hundreds of years. Sure l agree things do change but are the disease’s more prevalent now than before? Basically a dog will just about eat anything to survive but we want to have a healthy animal with the possibility of a long life. Too many choices make a fussy eater.
l know for a fact that if we feed more naturally and cut out processed foods as much as possible our dogs will be a lot healthier. Presently l know of a particular GSD that has had her diet changed and she is a picture of health and the owner has said her dog is leaving the very small amount of dry food she feeds her and also her droppings are less, why is that? Because the dog is utilising the natural food and not excreting the fillers from dry food as she is no longer eating it.
We must ask ourselves the question also about raw verses cooked. Animals like warm food no mistake about that as in the wild they eat from the stomach first not just because it’s warm but the rich organ meats and stomach contents of the prey is vitamin rich. Animals don’t cook food and never have. They bury food to come back to it later after nature has helped to do its job, as too much raw meat is not overly good if we have not balanced other foods within the diet.
Once we have decided on the path we wish to take on feeding our dog/s then a diet can be constructed to suit their needs and our circumstances.