Dual Purpose Dogs
Canine Health & Diet
There are many reviews regarding why there has been seen to be an increase in canine cancers and general allergy related conditions,
so we advise everyone to take some time to browse through such, then work out what, if anything, rings true to you and what changes, if any, you are able to put in place to aid your dog's lifetime health.
Ailments generally tend to involve 'inflammation' and a major contributing factor to this is 'toxic load'.
Why are toxins getting in our dog's bodies? Well, there are several reported contributing factors to this:
Diet - does manufactured feed increase daily toxic load?
Having ourselves read review after review of what is thought to be the best way to feed our domestic dogs
we were initially left feeing dizzy with the many differences of opinion when it came to raw feed vs kibble.
We finally went with our belief that the benefits of raw feed outweigh those of kibble. One reason being, in order to create kibble there will unavoidably be a product content which is not of any health benefit to a dog's diet and which is reported to increase daily toxic load but which is seen far less if at all in raw feeding.
We decided to follow the (B.A.R.F.) "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food" or "Bones And Raw Food" diet.
Did we notice any immediate major difference in our dogs health after changing from kibble to raw? - No
but then we would like to think we were previously using a quality grade of kibble before changing
Did we notice any major difference in our dog's behaviour after going onto raw? - No
well not other than them becoming much more interested at their meal time...
What we did notice was a difference in their 'deposits'. We personally believe that a lot of the kibble previously fed was being simply excreted whereas more of the raw food appears to be absorbed through the digestive process, so to us this says raw is more nutritionally beneficial to the dog's natural system, being fully utilised without unnecessary manufactured toxic bulk.
Take the fear out of feeding your puppy a Raw Food Diet
Do your research and don't
hesitate to ask for advice
When we changed to raw, we looked into which raw feed suppliers to use; whether to use complete raw food packs or become a so called D.I.Y.'er plus we asked for advice from raw feed specialists to help us achieve the correct balance of meat, bone, offal and low carbohydrates (if any).
We've acquired sufficient freezer storage as raw feed needs to be frozen for at least two weeks before defrosting for consumption.
We also considered the risk element of feeding raw bones as there are recorded cases of some devastating outcomes which have not always been simply due to feeding bones incorrectly.
We have continually found raw feeding suits us and our dogs and would always firstly recommend this however we do appreciate that this does not suit every dog or dog owner so we suggest taking a look for other alternatives - such as 'Freeze Dried Raw' would be our second recommendation
- Review all the feed options available
- Check the 'actual' contents in the product you in intend to feed
- If you want to use commercially prepared dog food then select relatively toxic-free products
- Be comfortable with your choice
- Ensure, which ever type of feed you decide on, that it is:
good quality and part of a well balanced diet to suit the dog's needs