Carnivores. Not Omnivores. Yep. Pretty simple concept.
Knowing this, we feed our dogs accordingly!
We are fortunate to have a great pet store in our area – All the Best Pet Care – which makes raw food for dogs and cats really convenient. They offer a variety of brands that serve up great quality protein for your pets. Since the dogs need a mixture of tissue, organs, bones, and blood, I can get it all in one pack. Some come in little bite-sized pieces, and others are a textured bulk with the bones ground in there – so no choking hazard which is nice. We buy the kind without fruit or vegetable fillers – all 100% pure animal protein. Be sure to check the ingredient list!
The great part of a carnivore diet is that it does not have to be purchased at a pet store – get it where you get your meat! A little 100% ground beef? Some free-range chicken wings perhaps? Ask the butcher for some organ meat too. Sophi and Hitch even had a bite of raw bacon the other day! They must have done an extra good job on their walk that morning… usually I hog all the bacon for myself :)
Remember – bones are great as long as they are RAW. Keep an eye on your pup while he eats to make sure there are no choking hazards.
For treats (after walks and after going potty), we have jerky treats made of lamb, venison, salmon, chicken or beef and some dried chicken and duck treats – they LOVE them. Just a tiny bite and a booty scratch goes a long way as gratitude.
Also (and perhaps this is TMI for you)… incorporating raw bones into their diet makes their poop easier to scoop. Instead of that grotesque, wet, toxic-scented pile of mush that comes out if you feed them bad food, you get a well-shaped, dry (almost dusty!), practically unscented piece of excrement. The proof is in the pudding, you might say. Don’t worry, I didn’t take a photo of that.
I know, we love our dogs like they are our own kids, but we must remember they are canines, descendants of wolves, and need to be fed and worked out accordingly. Just like those of us who eat paleo-style diets do so because we know it is best for our health.
Other benefits of the raw carnivore diet for dogs?
- It keeps them well-hydrated. My dogs don’t need much water throughout the day (though it is always available). There is lots of moisture in the meat!
- Their coats are soooo soft and shiny. Really, really soft. Like buttaaaah.
- They don’t “smell like dogs.” It makes me sad that this surprises so many people, but it’s a comment we hear often when someone meets our pups for the first time. Are so many dogs fed horrible diets, that the common perception is that dogs smell stinky? Ew! Our dogs only need a bath once every 4-8 weeks.
- Their breath is good, and teeth are healthy.
- Their physique is lean and muscular. I always ask the vet if they’re underweight, because they look so lean compared to other dogs. They’re not.
- It should keep them disease and cancer-free (that’s the goal!). No grain, no pain :)