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My Dog Is An Omnivore? Or Carnivore?

Published on October 3, 2007 by in BARF

There seems to be a split decision on whether or not a dog is a carnivore or an omnivore. Of course the dry food manufacturers would want to convince the public that a dog is an omnivore but in reality more proof exists to prove that a dog is a carnivore. The first sign of proof is found in the mouth of a carnivore. A dog is not equipped with large molars for grinding up plant matter. They have pointed molars positioned in a scissor like bite that is designed to rip and tear flesh, and break down bone and hide. Make a comparison of your dog’s teeth as compared to ours. Our teeth are flat and are designed to grind up veggies. Most carnivores lack flat molars because they don’t normally eat plant material. So I pose the question of why do we expect a carnivorous animal to eat pelleted, grain-based dry food?

The carnivore jaws are designed to open widely, allowing them to gulp large chunks of meat and bone. Their jaws are hinged in a way to allow only an up and down crushing motion rather than chewing with a lateral motion. In nature, a true carnivore’s subsistence is based mainly on freshly killed prey. Everything about the animal’s body design is geared toward killing prey. Man is responsible for making several changes in the body design of today’s pet breeds but we have done nothing to change the internal anatomy and physiology of the canine.
Is the dog an Omnivore? I conclude it is not. The internal and external anatomy and its dentition say it is not. Feeding your carnivore the food of which it was designed to eat is like putting the right fuel in your car’s gas tank. It will produce longevity and improve the immune system.


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