The BEST Dog Food for Beginners
I have been asked by friends and acquaintances about what I feed my dogs (Beverly & Harriet) so I figured I would tell them all and share with you my website as well. If you prepare your own food for your dogs, cooking removes a lot of nutrients. Kibble is the biggest enemy for several reasons. Raw diets are by far the most biologically appropriate source of nutrition for dogs. Preparing food for dogs could complicated and time consuming. A raw dog food diet requires specific balances and ratios of certain nutrients and ingredients. One of the really tricky calculations is balancing the calcium/phosphorus ratio. One must also have the appropriate balance of organ meat, muscle meat and greens. I get food for my dogs from Barfworld.com. This diet allows you to choose between patties or nuggets so servings are easy to figure out. For information about a special promotion through my website I have included the details at the end of this article. For more advanced raw feeders I recommend Raw Paws. You can read more about their food in my article The BEST Dog Food for Advanced. In that article I discuss the Raw Paws diet.
My dogs are on a BARF diet which is raw food. Raw food is the healthiest diet option for dogs. BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It’s based on Dr. Ian Billinghurst’s diet for animals. I order their food each month or so. I have several articles that stress the importance of raw feeding. One of interest might be Why a Raw Diet is Vital. Vets who practice conventional medicine are not educated about biologically appropriate nutrition. The article, Why Don’t Conventional Vets Recommend Raw Feeding will begin to help you understand why.
The food is packed in sturdy plastic bags (that can be re-sealed) and comes in a cooler with dry ice. It’s more expensive than the processed commercial products from most pet stores. I feel that it is well worth it though. I also add my own supplements as well. I have feeding my dog this diet for many years with no problems and no health issues. For a short time, I switched to a different company to try it out, but I discovered that they were using bone meal in their food which is almost always a rendered product. That FREAKED me out so I switched back to Barfworld. I will go more in-depth about raw food diets in future articles because there is so much that the public doesn’t know about it. I illustrated how little most people know in my previous article entitled What is in Dog Food? If you have concerns about salmonella, please read my articles that provide the facts about salmonella. I have a video from the FDA that states that the illnesses and deaths from contaminated dog food is NOT due to salmonella. Think about how much commercial kibble has been recalled for salmonella contamination.
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They are VERY knowledgeable at Barfworld. They provide free telephone consultations so you can gain an understanding about raw diets and their products. They will advise you on portion size for your specific dog’s requirements and address any questions you may have about raw diets and making the transition. Barfworld also has a selection of supplements and other products as well.
Raw Paws Freeze-Dried Diet: The moisture is removed from the food while keeping it frozen. This allows the food to remain uncooked and raw. Freeze-drying is more nutritional value than other dehydration processes because of the manner in which the moisture is removed. If I would choose a freeze-dried food for my dogs, I would go for Raw Paws Freeze-Dried Food. It comes in three formulas (beef, chicken, and Green Tripe).
This article was written a year and a half ago. I have decided to dive into a more complex raw diet. You can read my article The BEST Dog Food for Advanced in which I discuss the Raw Paws diet. The Raw Paws carries diets that contain the right balance of muscle meat and organ meat in their products called “complete and balanced” diets. They also have ground bone in many of their foods. This is important for dogs to maintain healthy bones. The only important thing missing is the greens, but I add my own natural supplements that contain dried greens.
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