Comment of a dog owner newly switched to RAW feeding:
I think the raw diet (still with some kibble as I am transitioning them) is affecting [my two big dogs’] behavior. Both seem more relaxed and less hyper. Hmmm… I really hope that this is the case in the long term.
Dearest Doggy Friend,
good observation. A dog fed a natural diet will be happier and healthier. That is exactly why many of us more experienced dog owners have been feeding RAW for decades.
Not to worry, you will never see your dogs’ behavior revert unless you put them back on commercial CRAP food (CRAP = Cereal Reinforced Altered Protein – one of those 1960s misguided and destructive marketing ploys praised to make our life easier).
Dogs simply are not grain eaters.
- like us gluten-sensitivity or celiac individuals, dogs lack the enzyme needed to digest grains and any of the carbohydrates.
- neither can dogs handle the sugar boost they get from being fed any starches/carbohydrates.
- to be digested, grains and starches need saliva and lots of chewing (IF the necessary enzyme is available to process them past the stomach!). I have yet to see a dog chew!
For comparison in people – 101 of Anatomy and Physiology:
carbs are digested in the mouth – proteins in the stomach – fats in the small intestines.
Why do you think cancer tumor rates in dogs have gone up?
– (sugar feeds cancer cells)
Why do you think there are so many more fat dogs?
– (excess sugar stores in fat cells)
Why do you think diabetes rates in dogs are going up exponentially?
– (not only can dogs not process starches, they also don’t produce the amount of insulin needed to move carbohydrates/sugars into the cells where they could be converted into energy)
Why do you think so many dogs develop stomach ulcers?
– (wolves don’t!)
Why do you think there are more dogs with behavioral issues?
– (comparable to ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, etc.)
Why do you think so many dogs are on ritalin or antidepressants?
Why do you think so many dogs are developing epileptic seizures?
– (same in people many of whom now are being diagnosed with underlying gluten-sensitivity or celiac disease instead)
Why do you think so many dogs develop tendon and bone issues?
– (mineral imbalances, lack of mineral absorption and dog-appropriate nutrients)
Why do you think veterinarians are starting to diagnose celiac disease in dogs?
– (stunning to see the growing number of articles in DVM journals)
It is no day too soon for you to make the transition to
RAW FOR YOUR DOGS.