Are there any real health benefits to feeding my dog a raw diet?
There appears to be a new craze among dog owners – feeding the dog a diet of raw food. There have been more than a few studies into the effects that a raw diet has on the health of a dog and from what information can be found, it would seem that there are simply hundreds of health benefits that this diet can bring.
The idea of a raw dog food diet is that it excludes completely all traces of commercial dog food. This means that you cannot feed your furry friend anything from a packet, tin, foil container or anything else that has been made for doggy consumption. There are a few obvious benefits that this will have on a dog, the first of which is that the dog will suffer less from bad odors from gas or in the mouth area also. It has also been shown that a raw dog food diet also prevents the need for teeth cleaning as it naturally cleanses the teeth.
Bones are a keen favorite with owners that want to feed their dog a raw diet and it has been shown that the extra time that it takes a dog to chew and gnaw on a bone ensures that the acid is working its magic more efficiently in the stomach as it has longer time to prepare. Not only that but this diet closely mimics the kind of diet the dog would be eating in the wild almost as if getting back to basics.
Gnawing on a bone not only has good health benefits in the digestive tract but the actual chewing activity helps to better develop the certain muscle groups and areas within the dog including the jaw, shoulders, neck and also strengthens bones in the upper area of the body.
In conclusion, it has been shown that the health benefits of a raw dog food diet far surpass any that can be found in a commercial dog food diet which is perhaps why so many owners are switching. Perhaps it is time for you to do the same thing for your pet?