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Raw dog food diets are based on the premise that foods in their natural states are healthier for our pets. After all, dogs in the wild aren't sitting down to a bowl of kibble each evening, right? Although dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, that doesn't mean that the domesticated diets to which they have been accustomed are necessarily good for them. Feeding your pet raw dog food can have a positive impact on his health, according to many vets.
The basis of many raw dog food diets is fresh, raw meat along with raw organ meats, vegetables, and some raw bone. Dogs do not require carbohydrates in their diet, although carbohydrates are often the primary ingredients in most dry dog foods. Since these carbohydrates are not only unnecessary but can actually be harmful because of the fact that they break down into sugars, replacing these carbohydrates with the proteins in raw meat can have a positive and lasting impact on your all facets of your dog's health.
One of the fundamental principles of a raw dog food diet is that cooking decreases the nutritional value of the food your dog eats. Heating the food causes various enzymes to break down and can even cause essential fatty acids to become dangerous for your dog to eat. Traditional dog foods, especially hard kibble, is cooked at a very high temperature to ensure the crunchy consistency. These high temperatures can significantly reduce the nutritional value of even very high-quality ingredients.
Raw dog food includes not only meat, but also raw animal bones. In many cases, these bones are chopped to a very fine consistency, to prevent them from being a choking hazard. These bones are an important component of the raw dog food, since they supply minerals such as phosphorous and calcium. Most raw dog food diets also include green leafy vegetables, which provide important antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Pet owners who choose to feed a raw dog food diet can prepare the foods themselves or purchase ready-made raw dog food. There are several companies that offer mail-order frozen or dehydrated raw dog food. For dog owners who wish to prepare their own raw dog food, and therefore have complete control over the quantity and quality of each ingredient, there are many books available with recipes and feeding plans.