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The skin and seed of the avocado are where dogs get sick (and horses). My experience with dogs and cherries are that it can make their stool loose if in large quantities (as can most fruit). If making food (cooked or raw) you should include some organs such as liver and kidney. Not sure why you need carbs for your dog? We must keep in mind that dogs are not built to eat as a human does so our balanced diet does not make theirs balanced. We went to raw for all of our dogs a few years ago and we’ve never had su ire coats, better muscle definition, cleaner teeth or less flatulamce. Best thing we’ve done for then
Great article. I am feeding our 2 dogs a species appropriate raw food diet. They love it and so do we. It does seem strange at first- seeing them cruch bones, but it does work. TexasOrganicHome is my GREEN blog.
Great ideas, Carla. Your dogs get the healthy side of human foods 😀
Dogs eat meat. Everything else is “surviving food” for them.
Although a small study once suggested that kibble might clean teeth better than canned food, better doesn’t mean effectively. Hoping to avoid brushing our dog’s teeth, we too willingly grasp at kibble’s unsubstantiated health benefits. But pretending that kibble or hard treats will keep teeth clean will only lead to huge vet bills, lost teeth and much canine suffering.Kibble begins as a dry cooked meal whereas canned food is canned fresh. Kibble is exposed to more heat than canned (destroying nutrients). Worse yet, kibble is linked to kidney and bladder problems in cats, and to bloat, a deadly problem especially for large, broad-chested dogs. It’s also dehydrating. Of course, canned isn’t perfect either. Fresh is best, raw or cooked. Next best is frozen prepared food and then dehydrated and freeze dried foods, all available at better pet stores.In the short run, yes. Nutritionally-deprived animals have sick guts. In fact, intestinal upset when switching foods is a sign your dog needs more variety. Once good nutrition has healed a dog’s digestive system, the dog can eat different foods every meal — just as people do. Just switch foods gradually over several weeks while your dog’s gut heals.What kind of diet? I’m glad you asked! A biologically appropriate one.
I found a video of Dr Karen Becker (who I greatly admire) and she has done an excellent job of explaining the food options that are closest to a dog’s ancestral diet. For those of you that don’t have time to watch, I will recap below.