Okay, I’ll admit you that a dog can’t speak English, Spanish or any other human language, but that shouldn’t stop us from “asking” our pets what their nutritional needs are. We must instead listen to what our pets are saying with their “body language”.
Feeding your pet an inferior quality diet that is not biologically appropriate for them can have long-term ramifications. A dog is a carnivore that has been partially-converted by nature to eat as an omnivore and forcefully trained by man to survive on a grain-based diet.
A dog possesses the necessary physiological equipment to digest and utilize meat or grain ingredients. The question is – which is better for the dog? To answer this, you must ask the dog himself.
Long-term ingestion of grain ingredients will overstress the dog’s digestive system and harbor a larger amount of undesirable toxins to build up in the body. This is because it stays in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract for a much longer period of time before being utilized or eliminated. Why? Because it takes longer for the dog’s digestive system to break down the foreign matter, which means that the ingested grains must stay in the digestive tract for much longer than normal.
The proof of this digestive difference is also in the stool of the animal. The difference in consistency and volume of a dog’s stool that has been fed a raw, meat-based diet and that of a dog fed a dry, grain-based kibble diet is significant.
Dogs fed a raw diet tend to have smaller, more compact stools that are less odorous. Their owners also note that their dog’s stools are of a gray, ash-like color. This is a result of maximum nutrient absorption of the diet by the animal. The dog’s body better digests a raw diet so all that really remains in the stool are ash and fiber.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.