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  1. Judy Miller

    I live in South Africa and there is a site Jane Anderson who says dogs do not eat vegiers and it is a myth that wolves eat stomach contents – why such a difference of truths – is very confusing….see below..
    Is this in fact true – then where is the evidence that wild dogs eat vegies???I want to do what is right.
    This claim is repeated over and over as evidence that wolves and therefore dogs are omnivores. However, this assumption is just that–an assumption. It is not supported by the evidence available to us, and is therefore false!

    Wolves do NOT eat the stomach contents of their prey. Only if the prey is small enough (like the size of a rabbit) will they eat the stomach contents, which just happen to get consumed along with the entire animal. Otherwise, wolves will shake out the stomach contents of their large herbivorous prey before sometimes eating the stomach wall. The following quotations are taken from L. David Mech’s 2003 book Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Mech (and the others who contributed to this book) is considered the world’s leading wolf biologist, and this book is a compilation of 350 collective years of research, experiments, and careful field observations. These quotes are taken from chapter 4, The Wolf as a Carnivore.

    “Wolves usually tear into the body cavity of large prey and…consume the larger internal organs, such as lungs, heart, and liver. The large rumen [, which is one of the main stomach chambers in large ruminant herbivores,]…is usually punctured during removal and its contents spilled. The vegetation in the intestinal tract is of no interest to the wolves, but the stomach lining and intestinal wall are consumed, and their contents further strewn about the kill site.” (pg.123, emphasis added)

    “To grow and maintain their own bodies, wolves need to ingest all the major parts of their herbivorous prey, except the plants in the digestive system.” (pg.124, emphasis added).

    This next quote can be found on the Hunting and Meals page at Kerwood Wildlife Education Center.

    “The wolf’s diet consists mostly of muscle meat and fatty tissue from various animals. Heart, lung, liver, and other internal organs are eaten. Bones are crushed to get at the marrow, and bone fragments are eaten as well. Even hair and skin are sometimes consumed. The only part consistently ignored is the stomach and its contents. Although some vegetable matter is taken separately, particularly berries, Canis lupus doesn’t seem to digest them very well.”

    From the mouths of the wolf experts themselves, who have observed countless numbers of kills: wolves do NOT eat the stomach contents of their large prey, and are carnivorous animals. Additionally, Neville Buck from the Howletts and Port Lympne Zoological Parks in Kent, England, notes that virtually no small carnivore (which includes varieties of cats, wolves, wild dogs) eat the intestinal contents of their large prey. The contents are spilled in the enclosures and are often rolled in by the animals, but very little is eaten (if any is eaten at all). His observations can be found in Appendix B of Raw Meaty Bones.

  2. Hi Judy,
    You will learn that a dog is a very adaptable animal when it comes to eating. In truth, no one totally has the proven answer for what a dog is most biologically designed to eat. If you believe like we do that the modern dog is a decendent of a wolf then you try to pattern the diet after what a wolf would eat in the wild. If you believe that the biological meal should be based on a grain based diet then feed your dog kibble. We try our best to pattern our diets after what we believe are the most biologically appropriate ingredients. If the dog eats it and thrives on it then it becomes a matter of which ingredients are doing the body the most good. And we find that kibble is not the answer in this regard. Comparing the health rewarding benefits, there is no comparison between the two different philosophies. A raw meat diet is the most biologically appropriate choice. The BARF DIET!

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