TIPS ON FEEDING YOUR DOG A RAW FOOD DIET
WITH A RAW FOOD DIET - LESS THAN HALF THE STOOL TO CLEAN UP AND NO SMELL!
On the Raw Food Diet the stools are way, way, way better! Although not always perfect, in general the stool is entirely different when feeding dogs a raw food diet. 90% of the time the stool is hard and has almost no smell at all. When they go in the play area, within about an hour of it being in the sun, I can go step on it and it turns to dust! I can't even remember the last time any has stuck to my shoe, which was a daily occurrence before (Since originally writing this, two years ago, every time I go home, before entering the house I remember this statement. Still I have not had any on my shoe!). An too, there is way less than half the amount to clean up; way less. This aspect alone makes the raw food diet for dogs a winner.
Additionally, they drink less water when on the raw food diet for dogs. Too, they can breathe straight into your face and their breath smells perfectly fine. Their teeth are much cleaner. All of these makes the raw food diet for dogs a winner.
FEEDING A RAW FOOD DIET FOR YOUR DOGS IS WORTH ALL EFFORT
One more thing; you will be hard pressed to find someone who feeds their dogs a balanced raw food diet that would ever think their dogs would do better on store bought processed dog food, no matter the brand.
A RAW FOOD DIET SHOULD INCLUDE GREEN TRIPE
One of the most important elements of a balance raw food diet for dogs is Green Beef Tripe . Tripe is part of the stomach of a cow or other animal. This is where essential nutrients are absorbed as an animals food is digested. Just as a balanced raw diet should include organ meat such as liver, heart and kidneys; so too, Green Tripe is a great source for essential nutrients that your dog may not get anywhere else.
The term "Green" has nothing to do with the color as the color is actually greyish brown. The term green simply refers to the fact that the tripe is unwashed or unbleached.
This is one item that is hard if not impossible to find at a typical food market, as any such item is typically thoroughly bleached which kills many of the important nutrients and therefore is not beneficial as part of a raw food diet for dogs.
FEEDING RAW FOOD DIET TO PUPPIES
But yet too, pups are very sensitive to food poisoning. They do not eat their food on a plate or leave it in a bowl. They drag it all around the kennel and most of the time only partially eat it. You can remove the left overs (if you are always in a position to go back out 30 minutes later), but still the residue left behind can grow bacteria that can be dangerous to the pups. I have experienced food poisoning several times with the pups when feeding a raw food diet. I really don't think most are well suited, to feed pups a raw food diet.
Too, a pup that gets food poisoning can dehydrate very quickly, and death can result. Unless you are prepared to leave them with the vet for a few days or have the means yourself to SUB-Q HYDRATE the pup; I would stick with kibble dog food instead of a raw food diet until they get to be about 6 to 8 months. Again, arm yourself with as much information as possible before beginning a raw food diet for dogs.
On the next page we take a look at the BARF diet.
We also examine if vegetables should be part of a balanced raw food diet.