Why Feed Raw?
We are beginning to understand how harmful processed foods are for humans; how is it different for our pets? With increased cancer rates and diabetes, there has to be a connection. Why feed raw? Processed pet food (dry dog food, canned dog food, kibble, and wet dog food) is similar to a fast-food diet. Processed pet food is designed for long shelf life and simplicity. We recommend fresh, minimally processed whole foods. These are best for animals and humans.
Mile High Raw’s products provide a natural diet that’s easy to absorb without nutrient damage. We distribute fresh, high-quality products with undamaged amino acids and enzymes. I couldn’t imagine feeding or recommending anything other than a raw diet for feeding your dog or puppy. Especially since many products are pasteurized. Keeping that in mind, let us look at a dog’s hunting skills and physical attributes. Both are key in understanding why feed raw and why it’s best for our canine.
Hunting Skills and Physical Attributes
Natural Hunting Skills:
Biting – Dogs tend to bite the back of the legs/rump and the neck/throat. This is how they take down their prey.
Chasing – Dogs like to chase. They chase birds, bugs, deer, mice, rabbits, squirrels, etc. This is a hunting behavior. I have yet to see them get excited in a field of carrots or corn (unless it’s bird hunting season).
Pouncing – Dogs pounce on their prey. You’ve probably seen this when they are playing, especially when they’re young puppies.
Digestive Tract is Short – Therefore, their digestive tract is designed for meat. Long digestive tracts are found in animals eating plant-based diets. Food passes through the digestive tract quickly, which helps avoid bacterial infection from meat and rotting meat. Dogs on a raw diet have higher acidity levels than ours. Also, a higher acidity level than dogs on a kibble diet. This is nature’s way of avoiding bacterial infection.
Jaws – Dog jaws move up and down. Also, dogs gulp to eat. Herbivore’s teeth grind side to side to break down plant matter into useable nutrition.
Saliva – A dog’s saliva is a lubricant. Acting as a lubricant helps your canine to gulp/swallow large amounts of food at a time. Also, their saliva doesn’t contain Amylase (used to breakdown carbohydrates). Carnivores do not have Amylase in their saliva as opposed to herbivores and omnivores.
Teeth – Dog teeth are pointy. They are designed to rip and tear meat easily. Herbivores have flat teeth for grinding plant matter.
Raw Dog Food Benefits
- A general increase in overall health
- Breath is fresher
- Cleaner teeth
- The coat is healthier and shinier
- Digestion improves
- Shedding decrease
- Stamina/recovery increases
- Waste/stool decreases
- Weight management is easier