As you probably know, I’m a BIG advocate of raw feeding and I believe in and can see the benefits when it comes to my dogs as well as others. Raw food, in my opinion, is a species appropriate diet for our dogs as their whole digestive system is designed to process meat, bones, occasional veggies, berries and botanicals. Dogs are also designed to eat moist food, and they don’t get this if we feed them dry food.
I understand that some owners have a problem dealing with raw meat but it’s funny how they’re still able to cook a steak for themselves 🤷🏻♀️. See, although I’m vegan, I can still handle raw meat for my dogs and John (yes I cook it for him 🤪). I do this because I know it’s the best food I can give my dogs and in the case of John, well… no comment lol.
Another reason people prefer biscuits is that it’s more convenient nevermind cheaper. Yes, you don’t have to think of ordering the food in advance before holidays, you don’t have to fill your freezer, you don’t have to remember to get it out of the freezer the night before and when you run out of food you just pop into a local pet shop and get some. Simple. BUT…did you know that more and more pet shops are starting to sell raw food which is BRILLIANT 😉!
Yes, it’s more expensive but on the other hand, it’s an investment in your dog’s health and wellbeing and we can’t put a price on that.
There are also other options like Butternut Box or some good quality tinned food. Butternut Box was amazing for my Airedale Richard when he ran out of food because he was in love with it! The little weirdo wouldn’t eat meat but he’d happily munch on broccoli. Was he trying to go vegan, after me 🥦?) He loved the food but then his stomach stretched and we switched him back to raw.
Whatever dry food or kibble that you feed your dog you can still enrich it with some tasty healthy goodies. As I mentioned earlier, dogs are designed to eat food that is 70-90% moisture and dry food only has about 10% moisture. So if we don’t moisten the food the digestive system will seek the moisture and rob the dog of his vital fluids. As we know, staying hydrated is not only important for us, but for our dogs as well. Proper hydration maintains proper digestion, body temperature and circulation etc. If you rehydrate the kibble you’re helping your dog get extra fluids to stay hydrated and the biscuits will be easier digested. It can also help to reduce bloat.
What can we use to rehydrate the kibble? Here are some healthy options:
❤︎ Raw Goats Milk – Raw goat’s milk contains both anti-mucous and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a perfect supplement for dogs who suffer from allergies of any sort, including food and environmental allergies.
❤︎ Bone Broth is good for your dog for many reasons- it’s extremely rich in healing protein and is a source of numerous minerals as such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
❤︎ Raw Kefir – Kefir looks like milk, but it’s made from kefir grains and whole milk. Mixed together, these ingredients ferment at room temperature. Kefir is great for digestive health and gives a boost to the immune system.
Any other tricks up your sleeve? Let me know 🤞