Dog owners have been frantically looking for the most excellent answer on how to give their dog best friends the best possible diet and many have found that a raw dog food diet is the best. Making them even more paranoid with the massive dog food recall, they were prompted to switch to alternative dog food sources.
Instead of providing their pets easily accessible and readily prepared commercial dog foods, these pet owners begun spending more time and money preparing their own dog food just to ensure the safety of their pets. Other people may deem it as more difficult for it really requires much endeavor but it surely is much more satisfying what with the peace of mind it will certainly give you.
One type of homemade dog food which is very much popular today is the so-called BARF, an abbreviation for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. From the word itself, it is simply raw or uncooked foods served to dogs. It may not be that easy though because you would still have to consider a lot of things before switching to a raw dog food diet.
Believers of raw diet confirm superior results such as shinier and smoother coat, cleaner teeth and thus elimination of breathe odor, less stool volume and odor and firmer excretion. The outcome is a much better overall health for your pet dog.
At the start, you may be quite skeptical. That is very much acceptable. It may really seem unhealthy giving your dog raw foods because of the possibility of them acquiring parasites or bacteria from the uncooked food. But come to think of it: these animals are carnivorous, with defense mechanisms specially designed to kill bacteria in foods. Just look at those wild dogs that feed on raw meat. They never needed our help in cooking foods for them, right? It is the same with our pet dogs. However, it does not seem right to just give your dogs whatever food we have on the fridge or just give them leftovers. They deserve more than that.
Now, read these tips below on how to effectively implement a raw dog food diet:
- Always consult the doctor prior to making any changes on your dog’s diet. Ask him all needed details such as how much to give your dog depending on his body weight, age and breed. His blood type and energy level may also affect his dietary requirements and so it is deemed necessary to have a check-up prior to the switch.
- Proper hygiene is highly required in handling raw foods. Always wash your hands and of course, the food that you will be providing your dog.
- Avoid cooking bones as these becomes brittle and when given to your pooch may just cause injuries such as splinters on the mouth or tongue.
- Carefully research on what ingredients may harm your dog. Always have in mind that not all foods that we humans eat are good for them. Chocolate, for example, can be very toxic for dogs if ingested in high doses. Onion, which is a very common spice used in our everyday dishes can also harm your dog.
Although feeding your dog raw meals may undeniably mean some work. Personally preparing it may actually be manageable. Just consider it as an effort of love; an effort of keeping your dog happy and healthy that they will most likely give in return to you and that is why you should concentrate on a raw dog food diet.