Deciding which food to feed your pet, can become a confusing and daunting task with so many different brands on offer. Ultimately our choice of nutrition is an integral segment of this process so that our companions can live a long and healthy life. Having a pet is not a privilege, instead it is a symbiotic relationship of companionship and trust that extends beyond all the boundaries of everyday life. Animals are part and parcel of our ecosystem and like no man is an island so too this world would not be in balance if we only existed without the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, commercial pet food companies have cleverly decided how we should feed our pets. Through extensive marketing drives, scare-mongering, glossy packaging to mention a few. Creating the idea that the consumer is incapable of providing wholesome meals for their pets without the collaboration from corporate executives. It is highly unlikely we would consume the same processed foods everyday of our lives. Appropriate, sustainable nutrition can be achieved by choosing a diet that varies, is fresh, unadulterated and is brimming with living enzymes that are required to sustain life on a daily basis Although we cannot copy the footprint of Mother Nature we can surely mimic what dogs and cats evolved were designed to eat naturally. By providing for them a biologically appropriate meal that allows their systems to work effectively and hopefully building their immune system through a diet that puts very little stress on the body and ultimately helps protect them from degenerative diseases and other health complications associated with poor nutrition. “It is not the germ, it is all about the terrain.” Louis Pasteur. Be sure to use our handy feeding calculator to calculate the amount of Active Raw food to feed your pet. Please note that these calculations are a guideline only and quantities may need to be adjusted to suit the individual.
Some potential benefits pet parents have observed when feeding Doggobone
- Healthy, shiny coat with little or no odour.
- Better breath, reduced tartar build-up and healthy teeth.
- A noticeable Reduction in allergies, skin ailments and ear infections.
- Increased energy.
- Smaller, biodegradable, less odious stools.
- Ideal weight control – Raw food, keeps your pet’s weight in control by feeding the amount of food appropriate to your pet’s needs. The body is not maintained by the amount of food fed but by the amount of nutrients in the food that are absorbed by the body.
The potential benefits of feeding raw are too numerous to mention and your pets will love the food you provide for them and besides loving us unconditionally we will also be better equipped to manage their care effectively. So while the responsibility for providing good nutrition for our pets might seem complicated it is no less when our own nutritional needs need to be satisfied. We can accomplish this by consuming a variety of fresh foods ourselves and for our pets. Technically, our domesticated dogs and cats may or may not differ from their wild counterparts in many ways as science has tried to prove, but their dentition and digestive system has in essence remained unchanged. By domesticating them and feeding what we have been accustomed to eat in no way means that just because their bodies are able to utilize some of the nutrients from the food being fed that it is the appropriate nutrition for them. Therefore feeding a species appropriate raw food should be the first choice of nutrition for cats and dogs. It also imperative to remember that feeding pets this way is not re-inventing the wheel but rather returning to how they should have been eating in the first place.
Meat is an important aspect of a raw diet, although it cannot be the only component. Meat is a great source of protein and supplies varying amounts of fats, water, and some vitamins and minerals. Meat supplies with energy to the body.
The dog’s body is built to consume bones, it is necessary to include Bones in a raw diet. Bones are living tissue. Raw Bones contain a wide variety of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, natural antioxidants (enzymes and anti-aging factors), and fats (essential fatty acids). The bone marrow alone is a highly nutritious mix of blood forming elements, such as iron. Never give your dog cooked bones; it is not only unhealthy for a dog, but also dangerous.
Organ meat includes the internal organ meats, which are vital for a healthy dog, although not required in large amounts. Offal is great for dogs during times of growth, reproduction, and stress. It mainly contains all the vitamins, probiotics, iron, zinc, phytonutrients and essential source of enzymes that are an integral part of a dog’s well-being.
Dogs need some raw vegetables and fruit in their diet as they contain essential nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and are a excellent source of fibre as well as vitamin A and vitamin C. Vegetables and Fruit have proven to have anti-aging properties. It is not required in large amounts and is included basically to mimic the stomach content of the prey.
Our nutritionist has prompted us to add important and natural ingredients to the diets. Although, these ingredients are included in small quantities we support the view that these ingredients are needed to form a more complete and nutritionally based product. Taking into account our environment has been robbed of its many natural minerals and the soil quality is not as it was years ago as well as with the constant damage being done through global warming and industrialisation. We feel that the addition of these ingredients have made our products even better.
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