Guest Post by Kristi King, Owner, Green Earth Pet Food
When asked to write a guest blog on three reasons to feed a raw diet, I realized I had a huge problem: how do I narrow it down to just three? So I decided to “cheat” a little by including a few reasons within each of the three reasons. Here goes:
1. Health! We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” This is also true for dogs. Dogs are scavenger carnivores, meaning they are meant to eat meat (they have sharp teeth for tearing meat and no flat molars meant for grinding grains/grasses). Dogs can also eat some fruits, veggies and the occasional pesky fly. Raw food’s main ingredient is meat, usually over 50%. On the other hand, even the best kibble must contain 40%-50% starchy carbs just to form the kibble shape. Raw food also boosts the health of your pet’s digestive tract with lots of naturally-occurring digestive enzymes and “good” bacteria, which in turn boosts your pet’s immune system so your pet’s body can naturally fight off illness, allergies and disease. Plus, the high meat content and low carb content means raw food helps your dog easily maintain a healthy weight.
2. Save Money! A healthy dog only needs to see the vet occasionally for a checkup. With a strong and healthy immune system, there is no need for vaccinations after initial core vaccines, no need for internal or external parasite medications, and no need for skin allergy medications. With a strong and lean body, there is no need for prescription “diet” foods and no need for medications for obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, etc. With chewing on raw meaty bones, there is no tartar build-up so no need for expensive teeth cleaning.
3. Happiness! Eating a species-appropriate diet of real meat means your dog will not feel hungry all the time. Plus, chewing on raw bones releases endorphins for dogs, exercises their jaw muscles and keeps them from becoming bored. And isn’t that what we all want? A happy, healthy dog!
Where to buy Green Earth Pet Food: http://greenearthpetfood.com/where_to_buy