Information About Raw Pet Food.
by Dr. Larry Siegler
Our animal companions are natural hunters and carnivores; just look at their ancestry. The dog at your feet (or on your sofa) has evolved from the wolf, and it's digestive system is virtually the same despite thousands of years of domestication. They have very short intestinal tracts geared to the consumption and digestion of raw foods. Dogs are considered "omnivores" as they eat a variety of grasses, berries and vegetables in addition to prey. The cat on your lap is a true or 'obligate' carnivore (meat only diet) and is specially designed by nature to hunt small rodents and birds. Her digestive tract, as well, is intended to assimilate raw meat best.
Learning About Raw Diets. Dr. Steve Sanderlin takes you on an informative tour of the different pet diets available. Going beyond kibble and canned foods, you can learn the importance of raw, species appropriate diets for your pets.
There are varying opinions about the amount of raw food to feed, and the amount can vary quite a bit with the metabolism and activity level of the dog. The recommendations will also vary by manufacturer. The best way to determine how much to feed is to closely watch yourdog’s weight.