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What Should You Feed Your Dog?

Dogs have been considered man’s best friend for centuries, and for good reason. They are loyal, loving, and make great companions.

But what should you feed your furry friend?  Some people say that dog food is the best way to go, while others advocate for feeding your dog meat.

So, which is the right choice? Let’s take a closer look at both options.

Dog Food Benefits

In general, using dog food in your doggo diet is completely acceptable. It can help your dog get all the important nutrients.

Also, most dogs don’t mind eating dry food for the rest of their life. Unlike cats, dogs drink enough water and don’t require moisture from the food.

You can also choose between kibble or dry food or canned food. Canned food often contains more protein and moisture, but dry food is good for a dog’s dental health.

When you pick the food for your dog according to the age, size, and health of your dog and vet recommendations, it ensures remarkable results.

Here are a few benefits of feeding your dog with dog food only!

  • Dog food includes multiple nutrients
  • It is made according to the nutrient needs of most dogs
  • It doesn’t require preparation
  • It is easy to administer,
  • You can carry it with you if you travel
  • There are plenty of options for every budget and taste
  • It doesn’t preclude other food types
  • The labels showcase the true nutritive value of the food

Only-Meat Diet At A Glance

Some dog owners choose to feed their canine buddies with meat exclusively. While it may seem like a great option for them, the long-term consequences may appear.

Dogs are carnivores that develop best when on a high-protein diet, such as a meat-only diet.

However, the complex dog’s organism needs more nutrients to function properly and support various organ systems.

For example, a dog on a meat-only diet often suffers from bowel issues, constipation, diarrhea, gassiness.

Irritability, itchiness, ear problems also may occur after a meat-only diet and because of a nutrient deficiency in dogs.

 

Raw VS Cooked Meat

Sometimes dog owners feed raw meat to their dogs. The reasons in favor of a raw diet for dogs are that some studies suggest that raw meat is easier to digest for dogs than cooked food or dog food.

Currently, there is no scientific evidence that indicates the benefits of raw meat over processed in dogs’ diets.

On the other hand, raw meat is more prone to bacteria such as Listeria, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella.

Terminal processing kills all those bacteria and makes meat safe for consumption for both dogs and people.

If you decide to include raw meat in your dog’s diet, ensure you are handling it safely. It means knowing the origin of meat, washing it, and serving it on clean surfaces that have previously been sanitized.

 

The Verdict

Meat-diet cannot meet the nutritive requirements of your dog. But, meat contains very beneficial ingredients for the dog’s development.

You can choose to feed your dog with dog food only, following the rule 90:10. It means that 90 percent of the diet should be quality dog food and the ten percent can be treats, fruits, and veggies.

On the other hand, if you choose to supplement your dog’s diet with meat you need to pick lean meat, human-grade. Cook meat to kill bacteria and avoid chicken skin, bacon, fat trimming, and meat leftovers.

Don’t forget to consult your vet before adding radical changes to your dog’s diet.

 

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