Raw Feeding – the practice of giving your dog raw meat, bones, fruit and vegetables – is becoming a popular dietary trend among pet owners. The idea behind this concept is that dogs will thrive on an evolutionary diet of foods based on what they ate before they were domesticated. If the very thought of this makes you slightly green around the gills, there are alternatives that can provide similar nutritional benefits and will move your dog from simply “survive” all the way to “thrive”!
The Pros Of Raw Feeding
Protein is the ingredient that seems to get the most attention from dog owners. However, according to Dr. Charles Schwab, a professor at the University of New Hampshire, “We must consider not only the protein requirement of the animal, but also the required load of the microbes (gut bacteria).” When feeding dogs according to their species design, a raw – or as close as possible – diet is ideal. Including highly digestible protein along with prebiotics, such as those found in Rogue products, is the ultimate nutritive goal. This concept has been utilized in the poultry and swine industry for years with consistently positive results. However, the trend has yet to migrate to the canine world.
One of the ways a dog’s digestive system differs from ours is that it only releases two digestive enzymes – protease and lipase. These enzymes are wasted on non-nutritional ingredients, such as corn, soy, and rice because they are unable to efficiently digest them. If dogs are not able to gain proper nutrition from their food source, the reduced energy creation starts a downhill slide into a system imbalance. The idea behind raw feeding is that a historically correct diet will, in theory, create a more symbiotic environment in the dog’s gut by providing the optimum ratio of microbes. Proponents of this type of canine diet say it results in shinier coats, healthier skin, cleaner teeth, higher energy levels and smaller stools, all things that any dog owner would say were very desirable!
The Cons Of Raw Feeding
While there are many benefits to raw feeding, there are some concerns. Raw meat contains bacteria that may be harmful to humans and dogs, if not handled properly. There is also a chance that an unbalanced diet may damage the health of the dog. For example, in order to have good bone health, a dog must maintain a ratio of calcium to phosphorus. When doing a homemade raw diet, this ratio is difficult to maintain unless you use specific analysis techniques that are unavailable to the lay-person. Another concern is the cost. Typically, raw feeding can cost more than twice as much per day as commercial dry dog foods. Over time, this can really add up.
A Different Solution
The good news: there is a way to give your dog all the benefits of a raw-like diet without the cost, preparation, and worry. Supplementing your dog’s current food is an easier way to obtain those peak health conditions touted by raw food fans. Rogue Pet Feed Origins Canine Supplement is a scientifically formulated whole food supplement that optimizes your dog’s gut health by providing a balance of nutrients that is species-appropriate, nutrient-rich and corrects gut pH to create the ideal digestive environment. Rogue’s mission is to provide an affordable, organic and high-quality product that optimizes your dog’s health and simplifies your life. Origins costs $0.44 or less per serving and packs 17 grams of whole fish protein, 20 amino acids, 10 minerals and 3 vitamins into each ¼ cup. It is also made in an Organic certified facility with multiple ISO certifications to allow 100% traceability of its ingredients. When you buy Rogue Pet Feed Origins Canine Supplement, you can be assured that you are getting the best product at the best price possible that actually does what it says it’s going to do – help you give your dog the life they deserve.
Nathan Dewsbury, (part-time scientist and full-time field-specialist) is founder and CEO of Rogue Pet Feed. He’s spent 15 years working in the global animal health markets, feed manufacturing, and is passionate about animal nutrition education. Nathan is a two-time Texas A&M graduate, an accomplished dog trainer, and a published author in canine genetics. When he’s not working he can be found exploring the outdoors with his wife Stacy and their son Wyatt where he enjoys spending time training dogs to work livestock.