Raw feeding, understand ” raw food », Could be particularly well adapted to the dog which, let us not forget, is a carnivore. Since its domestication by humans, the dog has seen its diet change over time. However, its diet today is mainly industrial and does not always sufficiently meet its energy and metabolic needs. Should we opt for raw feeding in order to feed our dog healthily and naturally? This is what we will see without delay.
Raw feeding: what is this food concept?
It is to Tom Lonsdale, Australian veterinarian, that we owe this food concept. It alerts owners of dogs (but also cats) to dangers of modern and industrial food on the health of their animals and for about thirty years, he has waged a merciless fight so that the raw and natural food be reintegrated into their daily diet. Thanks to this teaching, the bowls of our little carnivorous companions would therefore have every chance to gain in nutritional quality.
It seems important to us to specify here that Doctor Lonsdale has nothing to sell, and in no way wishes to enrich himself on the backs of animals by extolling the pseudo-benefits of yet another fashionable diet. Far from being a shameless charlatan, it is honestly that this veterinarian tries to sensitize the populations on the dangers of a diet not adapted to domestic carnivores, namely industrial food. He assumes that while dogs live in freedom, nature (and only her) would provide them with the food they need, and at the same time they would be much healthier than they are today by living alongside their masters.
The dog’s natural diet can therefore be reintroduced into its daily ration for the greater good of the animal and this would make it possible to limit consultations and veterinary procedures. Moreover, 500 years before our era, Hippocrates did not say ” May your diet be your first medicine “? What is valid for humans is also valid for animals.
Thus, Tom Lonsdale insists on the harmfulness of industrial food – and in particular the famous croquettes – responsible in dogs of multiple problems of all kinds such as for example:
- Bad body odor,
- Digestive disturbances,
- The poor quality of the fur,
- Hair loss,
- Halitosis (bad breath),
- Chronic diseases, etc.
Who can say that their dog fed on kibble has never had at least one problem of this kind?
Other diets are strongly encouraged for the benefit of dogs. This is the case of the BARF diet, also advocated by an Australian, the Dr Ian Billinghurst, and which is extremely close to raw feeding with a few details.
Raw Feeding: how is the dog’s daily ration made up?
Raw Feeding can be translated as “raw feed”. It is a natural food which is exclusively composed for the dog:
- Raw meat from muscle: 75% of the daily ration,
- Bone: 15%. Bones that make up large herbivorous mammals are prohibited.
- Offal (lungs, heart, liver, tripe, kidneys, tongue, etc.): 10%.
Please note that cooked table scraps are permitted in small quantities. They should not represent more than a quarter of the daily ration.
Whenever possible, food should be given to the dog at the end of the day. The animal therefore consumes them in raw state, as did his ancestors who lived in the wilderness and hunted their prey.
The pioneer of this concept also recommends a 24 hour weekly fast but only for adult dogs in excellent health. Fasting therefore does not apply to puppies, pregnant or nursing bitches, and elderly or sick dogs.
Raw feeding: what are its disadvantages?
For a dog who has always been fed differently, that is to say with food cooked at home, mash or industrial kibble, it is very important to do not change your diet overnight. By going too fast, we risk exposing it to digestive problems.
Many owners hesitate to give their dog only raw meat because they fear exposing their animal to parasitic diseases or bacterial. And this is indeed a justified concern. Raw meat is a source of contagion (Listeria, E-coli, salmonella). They are also worried about not having a good balance in their animal’s daily ration by preparing their food themselves. Finally, it is a feeding method that requires a certain budget when you buy very good quality meat to feed your dog. So it can cost more expensive than junk food.
If you are afraid of adopting 100% raw feeding, you can give your dog a little fruit and vegetables and cook his meat at a low temperature, that is to say below 48 ° C. In any case, whatever the choice of a master, he must imperatively seek nutritional advice from the veterinarian so as not to make any mistakes that could seriously harm their dog.