Friday 5 March 2010

tamed carnivores

Token tucks into a raw pork riblet, mmmm yummm. I have for many years given my dogs raw meaty bones, mostly for recreational chewing, not as their full diet. A few of the owners of my pups have ventured into feeding a totally raw diet to their dogs with great success. In our quest for making life easier for ourselves, we not only fill ourselves with processed foods but we have come to the conclusion that kibble is a dogs natural diet. Not true. Before feeding pets became a multimillion dollar industry the family dog was fed daily raw cuttings of meat trimmed as mother prepared dinner, then was supplemented with scraps of cooked food left from the families dinner. These dogs lived long lives, were not obese and seldom suffered from all the allergies and infections of our modern day dogs. If I owned only one or two dogs they would be fed completely natural, not from a bag. As I usually have a few more then that I do feed a kibble based diet supplemented as often as possible with fresh natural species appropriate foods. I have been doing a lot of extra research on feeding raw this winter and will be including more in my dogs diet, and if I can find reasonable suppliers and purchase a big enough freezer I hope to make this the main source of my dogs nutrition, occasionally supplemented with kibble. If you have concerns about feeding your pet a processed diet I recommend you do a lot of research. As you visit sites you will find that there are many different methods and beliefs when it comes to raw food. You really have to research and make your own decisions based on what you are comfortable with. Below are a few links to get you started.
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