Real Food For Dogs – How and Why We Feed Our Dogs a Species Appropriate Diet
Earlier this year we became the proud new guardians of two adorable lab mix puppies. We adopted them from a rescue organization called Puppies and More. Their volunteers scour the country for abandoned puppies and rescue them from the fate of high kill shelters. We could not be more excited and thankful to have dogs back in our lives! It feels wonderful knowing we will be their “furever” home.
Why real food and how do I feed my dog this way?
We are a real food family. Our goal is to also have real food dogs. Dogs are not meant to eat grains and processed foods. They do better on a raw food, species appropriate, primal diet like they would have in the wild. This means meat, raw bones, eggs. We found a raw dog food co-op that has a drop point in our town right after we adopted the puppies. This was much easier for me than grinding their food myself.
I have since found a butcher that will give me ground scraps of bone, organ meats, etc. that is cheaper in price than the food co-op. I now buy this plus meaty bones like chicken legs, beef soup bones and less meaty bones like chicken necks and backs from the farm where we get our raw milk and meat. I like offering them a variety. It’s really not costing me any more than a higher end dry dog food and it’s so much healthier for them.
I also give them a whole egg each once per week and they get spirulina and fish oil fairly regularly.
I am not one to reinvent the wheel so I did some research and found the website rawfed.com. This, along with the book mentioned below is where I got information on what to feed, how much to feed and why to feed my dogs this way.
What’s the raw food difference?
My dogs don’t smell, their teeth are beautiful, they hardly poop and they are super healthy. This is how dogs were meant to eat.
Dry dog food is a new invention and a pretty bad one. It’s processed, contains fillers, preservatives and other potentially harmful ingredients. It’s difficult to digest and can contribute to organ failure, cancer and other diseases.
Recently, dog food has been in the news due to some dogs being poisoned from food and treats that came from china. It’s very important to know where your dog’s food comes from because you do not want contaminated food in your home around your family!
Never feed a dog a cooked chicken bone. Cooked bones splinter and can be fatal to a dog. Here is a book that I found very useful in preparing for our real food puppies:
Always do your own research so you are able to make an educated decision regarding the best diet for your dog.
Do you fee your pets a species appropriate diet? What works for you?
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Sarah is a wife, mom of 4, farm owner, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).