Great pet food is a brilliant way to ensure that your dog gets all the nutrients he or she needs. In order to guarantee that every meal counts towards providing your canine companion with everything they need for a long and healthy life, it’s important to be aware of how you’re going about feeding them each day.
One great option in this regard is to switch your pooch’s diet over to one that is primarily made up of raw food, which means giving them food that hasn’t been cooked or processed in any way. TruDog has a great selection of raw freeze-dried dog food options. Made with premium cuts of whitefish, poultry & beef, it’s the ideal raw food diet.
Although this type of diet may not be for every dog, there are some great benefits associated with it, including the following.
Eat Less Frequently
Dogs on a raw food diet tend to eat much smaller portions than those eating the types of processed pet foods that are available at most grocery stores. This is because their bodies don’t have to work as hard in order to digest their meals, so they don’t feel the need for as much food. You can expect a raw food-eating dog to eat around 3 or 4 times a day, whereas a kibble eater may have to munch on their food up to 6 times in order to get the same amount of energy.
Fewer Veterinary Visits
A lot of vets will recommend kibble for dogs because it is inexpensive and easy to store. However, dogs that are eating kibble also tend to need more veterinary treatments for their health problems than those that eat raw food. This isn’t a coincidence; in fact, many vets even suggest feeding your dog raw food these days because of the number of benefits associated with doing so. While this type of diet is often associated with better dental and gum health, it has also been known to reduce the number of issues like diabetes, allergies and skin conditions that many dogs suffer from.
Has Shinier Coats
While it’s nice to be able to give your dog regular baths as part of their grooming routine, the truth is that dogs on a raw food diet tend to produce less oil in their fur, which means that you won’t need to give them baths as frequently. This will save you time and money, while also making it easier to keep your dog’s coat looking gorgeous and healthy for years to come.
Better Overall Health
Dogs that eat raw food diets are often in much better overall health than those that eat processed pet foods. For one, they don’t suffer from digestive problems nearly as often; the fact is that most dogs today suffer from some sort of digestion-related issue at some point in their lives, but this is usually not the case for dogs who eat diets that are primarily made up of raw food.
Dogs tend to age much more slowly than humans, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t still get old before their time! A lot of dog owners discover that their pets are living much longer lives these days than they used to, and believe it or not, diet plays a big part in this. Switching your dog’s diet over to one that is mainly made up of raw food can often extend their lifespan by several years (or even more), which means that you’ll get to enjoy them with you for an extra long time. Unfortunately, the vast majority of dogs today are not given a raw food diet; their meals consist mainly of processed kibble and canned foods (and even those that eat raw food may be fed treats and snacks that contain artificial ingredients).
Making the Switch
If you do decide to switch your dog’s diet over to one that is primarily made up of raw food, there are a few things that you’re going to need to consider. For starters, always remember that dogs need a lot of nutrients in their diet. In particular, you’ll want to pay close attention to your new dog’s calcium and phosphorus levels. Try to make sure they get enough minerals while also not going overboard with fatty acids.
Secondly, if you are going to switch your dog’s diet over to raw food, make sure that they are fully weaned onto it before you do. You can’t just throw them a bone one day and expect their digestive system to be able to handle it! Instead, start them off on small portions of the food in order to see how their stomach handles it. Once you know your dog will be able to digest the raw food without any problems, then you can start them on a larger portion and work your way up from there.
If you’re wondering what type of raw food diet you should give your dog, here’s a quick breakdown:
- Meat: Some great options include chicken, beef or turkey, but feel free to try other types as well. TruDog Feed Me Beef or Turkey Freeze are a great way to get their protein in. The raw freeze-dried Feed Me Beef is made with nothing but quality cuts of beef meat, organs, and a little herring oil added in to aid with digestion. The raw-freeze dried Feed Me Turkey is made with nothing but quality cuts of turkey, turkey heart, and turkey liver with a little herring oil added in to aid with digestion.
- Vegetables: It’s very important that you give your dog raw vegetables in order for them to get the minerals and nutrients they need while on a raw food diet. This can be difficult because many dogs simply won’t want to eat vegetables by themselves, but don’t worry TruDog has a solution for that. Rawgo Beef & Carrots is a great way to sneak in those vegetables. Rawgo uses only gently air-dried raw premium cuts of meats, fruits, and vegetables to retain nature’s wholesome nutrients. Rawgo provides the meaty aroma and taste your dog loves as a dry or rehydrated complete meal.
You should also consider adding calcium, and vitamin supplements into your dog’s diet whenever they are switched over to a raw food regimen.
When making the switch, do it gradually; don’t just replace your dog’s old diet with raw food all at once. Instead, mix things up by adding in a little of the new food every day until you’ve completely replaced their old meal. Remember that even though your dog may have a good appetite, this is still a big change for their body to handle!
Finally, never give your pup cooked bones. Cooked bones are brittle and can splinter, causing your dog serious damage—even death. Make sure that you stick with raw bones instead.
Raw food diets are very healthy for dogs (and can even work wonders on pets with digestion problems), but you should always consult with a vet before trying it out for your pup. After all, what works perfectly fine for some dogs may not be good for others; it’s best to make sure that the diet is right for your pet individually until you know they can handle it!