Have you ever wondered why you can leaveÂ dry dog foodÂ Â in an open bag for years without having it go bad? Â Have you ever read the ingredients in it? Â It may say "Dog Food" on the label, but that's a lie. Its not dog food. Â Half the time its just another product to put corn meal into. Â Dogs can eat a lot of stuff, but a corn diet isn't what they were made for.
Much better is raw food. Â It gives the dog everything it needs, without the additives and preservatives. Its better for their teeth and coat, and a raw diet will clean up lots of skin problems.
Sometimes the raw food diet is called the BARF diet, for Bones and Raw Food. Â Its important to include raw bones in the diet, especially of a size that the dog can eat. Â Big bones that they'll chew for a long time are great, but its important that they actually consume the raw bones as well.Â
Its also very important that the bones be raw. Cooked bones can splinter and harm the dog.
Lots of different types of raw food work. Â Some people keep it simple and simply feed their dog raw chicken, but other people feed the dog a wide variety of raw food, such as lamb necks, buffalo, goat and tripe. Â It doesn't really matter too much, although heavily medicated commercially produced raw food can be counter-productive. Â I've seen allergies develop from too much chicken feeding.
For medium size dogs like Border Collies I've had lots of success with raw chicken carcasses, legs with backs attached, or chicken backs and necks. Â Turkey necks are also great. Â With smaller dogs or puppies you can start with chicken wings. Â Because I hunt I also feed my dog moose meat, which is, after all, free range and organic.
Some dogs are finicky, especially if they haven't been raised on raw and you're making a change. Be creative and don't give in. Â
Some dogs aren't interested in food at all, but once they start eating raw they completely change. The reason is simple - raw dog food tastes better.
You should also include some vegetables with the raw meat and bone. Â Dogs have short digestive tracts and don't digest vegetables really well, so its good to break them down in a food processer. The veggies should make up between 10% and 15% of the total meal. Â
If you don't want to feed raw chicken carcasses you can easily find raw dog food in many butcher shops and pet food stores. Â Remember, though, that although raw food may not look appetizing to you its very good for the dog. Â You don't need special additives or exotic ingredients. Â Save your kitchen scraps like potato and carrot peels, or the stems of broccoli and cauliflower. Â Grind it up, mix it with a little bit of plain yogurt, and the dog will love it.
Don't forget to throw the dog a few treats now and again, like some heart meat, or liver or kidneys or tongue. There are lots of meats that you probably don't eat that he'll love. My supermarket often sells lamb bones cheap, and my dog can't get enough of them.
It's that easy. Â You can do more research on the internet, but most important is to just start. Â Your dog will be much healthier, and you'll probably save some money.