Meat and Grass are good
I bring this up, because I have had some very disturbing conversations with animal professionals. Regarding whether or not dogs can safely eat raw meat. What I find particularly alarming is, these well meaning folks are veterinarians. Schooled, years of college and yet they let their personal beliefs and conclusions dictate the advice they give to the pet owners. Their clients.
They will argue that through years of evolution the domesticated dog no longer has the same digestive enzymes, as their wild cousin’s, wolves. At face value that may seem like a valid argument. But it really doesn’t hold water.
I could probably use the help of some biologists on this one. Evolution is an amazing thing. Very tiny life forms, microbes can evolve relatively quickly. Larger life forms can take millions of years or longer to change. Some never change, like sharks and alligators.
The point is; it was about the 1940’s, when animal feed manufacturers started experimenting. To try and find the correct mix of ingredient’s that would produce a nutritionally balanced dog food. Not because the animals had changed evolutionary wise. Simply because it was good business making it more convenient to feed your pet.
When we moved Spirit Animal Sanctuary to the country. there was a side benefit for our animals. That I never even thought about. Raw meat. It took me awhile to get used to this. Every year during hunting season, (No: I do not hunt). The butchers and meat processors in our area donate thousands of pounds of venison to us. And let me tell you, if you give a dog a choice between raw meat or dry dog food. Guess which one is not getting eaten. That’s right, the manufactured feed.
It’s a very nice supplement for them. They can eat anything, and they will digest it. It is important that you know your dogs. Roughly three percent of dogs, will try and swallow giant chunks. It’s your job to know that, and make sure they only get small pieces.
What you really shouldn’t feed them is cooked bones. Cooked bones become brittle and they can splinter. That can cause your dog some trouble.
Another very important part of their diet is grass. Unless you have lawn people come over, and apply a ton of chemicals to your lawn. Let them eat it. Dogs are telling us that they like it, want it and need it. Yet we tell them no. Listen to your dog a little bit better. They are always telling us stuff. We have to learn how to listen to them. Why do we always think, we know better.
In the future I will talk about, why some dogs have a cast iron stomach. And some dogs get sick, if they try something new.
You have yourself a great day, The Spirit Dog
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