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Update: 22 August 2017
Author: Animal Elite.com
Canine nutrition is not complicated. Of course when a dog's health is severely compromised, nutrition and care can become complex. Generally though, you can simplify the issue of canine nutrition by understanding the types of foods a particular species evolved eating. Carnivores mostly eat meat. Herbivores mostly eat plants. Omnivores eat pretty much everything.
Canines have evolved to function at their highest level of performance when eating a carnivore diet. 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, you might be told, "Don't feed your dog a raw bone because it will splinter inside them, damaging their intestines and insides." But bones are part of a carnivore's diet. The person who advises against feeding raw bones may be confusing them with cooked bones. Because bones that have been cooked can indeed splinter — potentially causing harm.
Like conventional M.D.'s, a veterinarian's medical education includes very little (if any) nutritional training. They are mostly trained in the use of pharmaceutical or surgical interventions when addressing health problems. It is not unusual for a veterinarian's pet food sales rep to be their provider for nutritional training after med school. So if you want to save on vet bills and have a super-happy dog, it is important that you learn about proper canine nutrition, then you can best protect your dog by preventing most illness and disease in the first place.
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. But the lack of amylase makes carbohydrate digestion very difficult to impossible. Your dog is a carnivore. When you start feeding a species appropriate diet your 'lil doggy's tail will never stop wagging in gratitude! And it's easy to make the best dog food yourself. We provide raw feeding guidelines and recipies with every hTMA package. For caretakers who do not have the time to put together their canines meals, there are reputable commercial raw pet food vendors (such as, darwinspet.com and hare-today.com).
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!
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