Noa Martinsen specializes in helping professional working dogs and canine athletes to perform better and stay healthier by providing canine hTMA lab and nutritional support services. He can be contacted through his website Animal Elite

Nutrition is Simple

Author: Noa H Martinsen, hTMA, Canine Specialist

Canine nutrition is not complicated. Yes, when a dog's health is severely compromised, nutrition and general care can become very complicated. Generally though, you can simplify the issue of canine nutrition by understanding the types of foods a particular species evolved eating. Herbivores mostly eat plants, carnivores mostly eat meat, omnivores eat pretty much everything.

Nature's laws are not really that complicated — are they?

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Canines have evolved to function at their highest level of performance when eating a carnivore diet (raw food being the ideal choice between raw or cooked food). While canines may be able to survive eating a typical commercial dog food diet (based on carbohydrates i.e., corn, wheat, soy), these diets are associated with a myriad of serious health consequences. In contrast, canine health flourishes when their diet is appropriate to their evolutionary biology.

Simply put, dogs are carnivores. There is some confusion about what we should, and should not, feed our animal companions. For example, some experts may say, "Don't feed your dog a raw bone, it will splinter inside them, ravaging their intestines and insides." I have never seen this happen in my life, and my 10-pound miniature pinscher eats a raw chicken leg almost every day. He loves it! Observing him, it is obvious that eating raw bones are part of the diet he was built to consume. The expert who tells you not to feed raw bones may be confusing raw with cooked bones. Because bones that have been cooked can splinter.

Most orthodox veterinary practitioners rely primarily on pharmaceutical and surgical interventions. This is too bad, because natural nutrition-based therapy is much safer. The diet that canines evolved with is largely ignored, or derided. In fact, your veterinarian's pet food sales rep may be the provider of their nutritional training following veterinary school. So it is important that you learn about proper canine nutrition, then you can best protect your canine against illness and disease.

If you can right now, take a look inside your canines mouth. It is an evolutionary work of bioengineering excellence. The jaws are hinged and powerful, this design is specific to effectively tearing and crushing raw meat and bones. A canine's stomach is highly acidic and their saliva lacks amylase. The high acidity break down the raw meat, bones and bacteria. The lack of amylase makes carbohydrate digestion very difficult to impossible. Your dog is a carnivore, evolved from the laws of nature. When you start following nature's laws, your doggy's tail will never stop wagging in gratitude! There is a basic Meaty Medley recipe that you can use at my website. There are also many reputable commercial raw pet food vendors (such as, and for caretakers who do not have the time to put together their canines meals. Researching the best quality and price for your personal situation is recommended if choosing a commercial raw diet for your canine.

Ultimately, how to feed your canine is really quite simple — the time-tested evolutionary carnivore diet. Doing so will allow your canine to achieve their full performance potential, and help prevent and resolve many acute and chronic diseases and various forms of physical degeneration and mental dysfunction. Because degenerative problems are commonly the consequence of improper nutrition, the carnivore diet will regenerate, not degenerate your canine. And, your relationship with your canine will be even stronger. You will be able to connect on a deeper level and with a better understanding of one another. You will see, it will be amazing!

Keep it Simple

Love your canine. Your canine is a carnivore. That's really all there is to it. Simple.

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