What is Species Appropriate?
We want to talk to you guys a bit about a phrase used by so many of us in the raw feeding world and that is “species appropriate.”
This is very simple, feed for what their body needs. We are all familiar with the food pyramid right? That is what a human being should ideally eat. It doesn’t matter what you look like but our bodies require the same basic things. Our dog’s are carnivores, carnivores require meat. They can get by on very little carbohydrates (ideally from fresh fruits and vegetables) but they need meat to truly thrive.
Your dog’s mouth does not contain teeth for grinding food like kibble. You hear people talk about the concern of their dog getting bloat and this is because they gulp their food down. If you ever watch your dog on a kibble diet throw up, the food is generally whole. This is not a good thing. A dog’s GI tract is very short, this is due to them being carnivores. They don’t have a longer tract where there is time to truly break the food down, like us.
When you look at the anatomy of a dog you can see what they should be eating. Dog’s should be eating a diet high in fresh meat, higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great source of carbohydrates for dogs and a good source of fiber.
By continuing to feed them a diet full of processed stuff (I refuse to even refer to kibble as food) we aren’t allowing our dogs to thrive. We are also continuing to cause them an overall decline in physical health. Diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, these are all starting to become common amongst our dogs and there is a commonality between them all, long-term inflammation in their bodies.
Don’t be fooled by the pretty bag and the fancy buzzwords, feed them what they are meant to eat.