Why Is Raw Good for My Dog?
Raw diets are good because enzymes are intact and help in the digestion and therefore absorption process. It general, most studies agree that dogs fed a raw diet have a lower pH (1-2) meaning a naturally highly acidic environment that prohibits salmonella and other bacteria from surviving. The following is a quote from OC Magazine. OC Raw is one of the raw diets we carry and recommend. We found this information written clearly and without all the medical jargon that is sometimes used to confuse concerned dog owners:
By Olivia Hudson of OC Dog Raw:
"The number one question I am asked is “what about Salmonella?” The bacteria we are inundated with as the source of countless recalls. The first line of defense against salmonella is biologically inherent in all dogs and cats – The Stomach. When a dog starts to eat, the pancreas releases a chemical in the stomach to lower the pH balance of the stomach which breaks down the food. When a dog ingests food, the pH of the stomach plummets to a level between 1 and 2. At a pH level of 2, salmonella bacteria cannot survive. When the dogs pH level reaches 1, the dog’s stomach roughly equals a 0.4% solution of hydrochloric acid, an acid so corrosive it would burn holes in your skin. People on the other hand cannot tolerate salmonella because our pH level never goes below 5. This is why we cannot eat raw meat and need to take precautions like cooking to kill the bacteria.
The second line of defense against the bacteria found in raw food is – The Intestinal Tract. The average length of the intestinal tract in a dog is a meager 16-36 inches compared to an average person’s intestinal tract which can measure up to 30 feet in length. On average it takes a person 24-48 hours to digest their meals. Allowing whatever bacteria present to fester and multiply. A dog can completely digest its raw food in under 8 hours – a time frame which does not allow the salmonella bacteria to grow. FYI, a commercial kibble can be digested between 12-18 hours but has been known to take up to 24 hours."
Become a Maitre D'og
There are numerous recipes online and in books for making homemade pet food. We invite you to send in your recipes and we will be happy to post here for other owners.
Personally, we believe there is no one magical recipe that covers all needs. There is no one "sure cure" for anything. We have to offer quality, variety, and digestibility. We personally feed our dogs raw food. We juice vegetables and a little bit of fruit as dogs has an issue breaking down raw fruits and veggies (ever see peas and carrots come out looking exactly as they did when they went in???)
We make our own whole food vitamin/ mineral supplement which we will change up with each batch so they get different nutrients. We believe that whole food supplements offer natural digestibility and absorption. With whole foods you don't get an imbalance of too much of one nutrient you have the benefit of a naturally occurring synergy between vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Our current supplement powder, which we add to each meal (we feed twice a day) includes: raw goat kefir (pasture raised and finished - never fed soy or corn or wheat), moringa powder, fresh ginger (to aid in digestion and helps cleanse the body), collagen hydrosolate (joint health), kelp (minerals, iodine, and balance in the mouth's chemistry for healthy teeth), hawthorn berry (heart supplement), turmeric (many health benefits), cayenne (aids in absorption of nutrients), milk thistle (detoxifier), moringa (one of the world's most amazingly complete foods), Himalayan salt, colostrum, shilajit, raw organic apple cider vinegar, raw soy free egg (periodically, not every meal) and Ceylon cinnamon. We are happy to mix natural supplements for our customers so they have an easy means of giving a varied yet healthy selection of nutritionally rich supplements and remedies (i.e. cranberry or corn silk tea for UTI issues, herbal or homeopathic dewormers, etc.)