Exploring the Connection Between Pet Food and Health: Raw Meal Diet for Dogs
Just like with humans, there is a health crisis within our pet population. The 4 leading causes of death in dogs are Cancer, followed by Diabetes, Kidney Disease then Heart Disease. Sadly, many of these are directly attributed to the highly processed kibble and canned food typically fed to pets.
Pet owners know that eating fresh, unprocessed foods is beneficial to themselves and their families and they are starting to understand the link between feeding highly processed unhealthy foods and the resulting poor health in their pets. With the realisation that the ingredients in kibble or canned food are highly processed, have questionable ingredient sources, are loaded with fillers, artificial flavours, and colours, as well as synthetic vitamins & minerals and even known carcinogens consumers are choosing to feed more natural, healthier and species-appropriate diet to their pets through a raw food diet. After all, real health starts with real food!
According to the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society ‘the gold standard diet is as close to the evolutionary diet of dogs and cats as is practically possible, is made from fresh frozen raw meaty bones, meats, organ meats, fruits and vegetables, minimally processed by mincing and freezing. The diet contains no added synthetic supplements, additives or preservatives.’
The K9 Kitchen offers a range of raw meals and healthy snacks for dogs. All our products are wholly made in the UAE using only human food-grade ingredients which are hand-made in small batches to ensure minimum processing and maximum nutrient density.
Here are just some examples of the benefits of feeding your dog a raw, nutritionally complete, and species-appropriate diet:
1. Healthier coat and skin
One of the most noticeable benefits of a raw food diet is that it can result in a healthier coat and skin for your dog. Raw meat is high in essential fatty acids, which help to nourish and moisturise the skin and coat. Many pet owners report that their dogs have shinier and softer coats after switching to a raw food diet.
2. Better digestion
Raw food is easier for dogs to digest than processed kibble. This is because raw meat naturally contains digestive enzymes that help to efficiently break down food. As a result, dogs on a raw food diet often experience fewer digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and constipation.
3. Increased energy and vitality
Feeding your dog a raw food diet can provide them with more energy and vitality. Raw meat is rich in protein and other essential nutrients that are necessary for muscle growth and repair. Dogs on a raw food diet may also have more stamina than dogs on a processed food diet.
4. Stronger immune system
A raw food diet also helps to strengthen your dog's immune system. Raw meat is rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from disease and infection. Additionally, the natural enzymes found in raw meat can help to boost the immune system by improving digestion and nutrient absorption.
5. Better dental health
Many pet owners report that their dogs’ dental health improves after switching to a raw food diet. Raw meat and raw meaty bones require more chewing than processed kibble, this helps to scrape plaque and tartar off the teeth leading to healthier gums, fresher breath and reduced risk of dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
How do I introduce a raw food diet to my dog?
It’s recommended to introduce a raw diet gradually over a period of 7 – 14 days, but sometimes it can take longer. Do keep a close eye on your dog throughout the transition period making adjustments as necessary. The table below is a suggested timeline.
If you're not ready or don’t want to make a full switch to raw it's absolutely fine to supplement your dog’s current diet with some raw food. Even a small amount of raw food added to your dog’s diet can drastically improve their health.
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