Raw Dog Food Diet - The Top 3 Diets Revealed
Warning! The commercial or typical dog diet you feed your dog is responsible for allergies, sluggishness, lack of energy, obesity, strong doggy odor, arthritis and a lower life span! If you are shocked about hearing this news, don't get too upset, because a raw dog food diet can completely transform your dogs life and reverse common problems.
In this article I will be taking a closer look at the three main types of raw food dog diets. These include the following: Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or RMB, the whole prey model, and BARF. These may seem like silly names if you have never heard about raw food diets for your dog before but as you continue reading, everything will make sense and you will realize why switching from a commercial dog diet to one that is raw might sound like a smart decision for both you and your dog.
Lonsdales Raw Meaty Bones (RMB)
The Lonsdale method, otherwise known as raw meaty bones, was created by veterinarian Tom Lonsdale. He discovered this method over a period of time as he saw the poor health of the dogs brought into his clinic. After researching the link between diet and disease, Tom came to the conclusion that a raw food diet is the best way to reverse common problems and boost the health of dogs.
According to Tom, highly processed foods (the commercial dog diet) are responsible for increased rates of cancer, skin problems, allergies, gum disease, and many more diseases and conditions. The Lonsdale raw food method for dogs is based on, as the name implies, raw meat and bones, with occasional table scraps to help produce optimal health in any type of dog.
Whole Prey Model
This type of raw food diet for dogs is based on attempting to replicate how dogs would be eating if they were still in the wild. Whole prey is used in this method and common foods include whole rabbits, turkeys, and chickens. Contrary to the name, it is not necessary to feed whole animals to practice this method. To follow the Whole Prey Model, aim for 80% of the diet being based on meat (red meats preferred), 10% edible bone (avoid supporting bones from large ungulates), 5% liver (any animals) and 5% other organs.
The Whole Prey Model is heavy on the fact that dogs in the wild are natural carnivores and don't eat much if any vegetable matter. This is why there is a strong bias to eating whole animals. But having said that, some vegetable matter can also be added to the diet if the owner wishes to but generally this diet is close to being 100% meat.
This funny sounding acronym for a specific type of raw dog food diet stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. BARF can also stand for Bones And Raw Food. This diet is based on feeding your dog specific amounts of food, which can be expressed as a percentage.
It's generally recommended that dogs on a BARF diet eat between 60 - 80% raw meaty bones such as chickens necks and wings. And the remainder of the raw dog food diet is based on a 20 - 40% split of the following foods: offal, eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables. This model of raw dog food is available from several sources commercially, but normally comes ground up if going this way.
Overall, the raw dog food diet has shown to have many positive benefits for our furry four legged friends. Whichever type you choose, whether it's Lonsdales Raw Meaty Bones, the Whole Prey Model, or BARF, one thing is clear; your dogs diet will be close to what it would be eating if it were in the wild and this is the way nature intended your dog to eat.
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