One of the major benefits of raw dog food is that raw contains everything your dog needs to stay happy and healthy for as long as possible.
Responsible raw feeding incorporates four key components, meat, bone, offal and vegetables all combined to a ratio that suits your dog. To achieve optimal nutritional value, the ingredients are combined using minimal processing.
Meat (including heart) contains essential proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. All quality meats are building blocks and fuel for all body cells metabolism, functions, and systems.
Proteins are the most essential of all the macronutrients. As Dogs are primarily carnivorous animals, this means that their bodies better extract nutrition from animal-based sources.
If your dog is going to benefit from a raw dog food diet, that diet should primarily centre on meat. Find out more in our article why dogs need meat.
Feeding bone to dogs is vital. Bone is a critical source of crucial nutrients, gut fibre, glucosamine and minerals like calcium and phosphorus, zinc, boron, copper and dozens of others.
Bones provide fatty acids from their rich marrow. They also afford an incredibly nourishing nutrient combination for skin and bone health, joint mobility and digestion (leading to firmer stools and healthier gut).
Offal – Organ meat
Wild canines prize offal before anything else in their kill. Also called variety meats, pluck, viscera or organ meats, organs are the bodys work machines.
Offal options can include liver, kidney and pancreas and are a natural multivitamin for dogs, extra rich in macronutrients (fats, carbs and proteins) and micronutrients such as vitamins D, B, K, C and A and minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, selenium and magnesium.
Veggies (and Fruit)
Found naturally in the wild, a dogs evolutionary diet always included plants.
Plants were eaten deliberately throughout evolution for belly-fill when food was short or passively as gut contents slopped over organs and muscle tissue after the kill. A hungry wolf never says no to any food!
Packed full of phytonutrients (including essential plant minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, and thousands of compounds we have yet to discover), plants provide our pets essential building blocks that may be unavailable from prey-animal tissue sources.