Manufactured Dog foods are made with low quality inexpensive ingredients for the sole purpose of increasing profits and these ingredients are heavily processed and preserved to sustain a longer shelf life. These foods are made to be profitable for the pet food companies. They are not made to benefit the health of our dogs. Think about back in the days, most dogs were on farms and scavenged to find what food they could. They ate raw meat, scraps, raw Milk, Eggs and any food they could find. Dogs were designed to eat meat and have industrial strength stomachs because of the high levels of hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. This acid does a majority of the digestion of animal proteins, bones and fat and it breaks down and kills harmful bacteria.
Therefore, don’t believe what people say about bacteria and raw being bad for your dog. The anatomy of a dog’s digestive system provides them the protection they need to consume prey, drink pond water and eat food contaminated with bacteria. Bacteria like salmonella or E. coli are not a problem for healthy dogs. Dogs are not designed to digest foods that need fermenting or other further breaking down. Adding significant amounts of plant material and fiber such as fruits, vegetables and grains cause gas, upset stomach and large smelly stools. A few vegetables are acceptable, but they should not exceed 25% of your dog’s diet.
Certain foods if fed in large amounts can interfere with thyroid production. These include Rutabagas, Strawberries, Peaches, Cabbage, Peanuts, Spinach and Radishes. If your dog has a thyroid problem, limit these foods in your dog’s diet.