|Barked: Tue Aug 7, '12 2:46pm PST |
|Your vet is full of crap. All you need to defeat that nonsense is some common sense.
This is a myth that has been spinning around for a decade or two, perpetrated by the people who are trying to get dogs on vegan diets. Because obviously if a wolf pack kills and downs a moose, and consumes the entire carcass, including the .05% that the stomach contents make up of that animal, that means it's a dietary requirement, probably the only thing they need.
Wolves actually graze on more grass than what they eat in stomach contents. It's to keep their bellies full. Wildlife researches estimate that wolf packs only catch about one out of every 100 animals they try to down, and even then, only a small number of those are they actually able to kill (they abandon some catches because they are too dangerous to try and kill).
An animal is not defined by what it WILL eat (many domestic dogs would be "poopivores" if that was the case), but what it is DESIGNED to eat. Both from a biological and anatomical perspective, the domestic dog is about as much a carnivore as you can get.
Wolves shake out the stomach contents of large prey and eat the stomach lining. Why would any self-respecting predator actually choose to devour plant matter bathed in hydrochloric stomach acid? They'd suffer severe chemical burns to their entire upper digestive tract.
In an animal such as a rabbit, they do eat the stomach contents, but this is not so much a result of attempting to do that as it is the stomach being too small to reasonably separate the contents from the stomach. They just devour it whole.
A balanced raw diet is based around the 80/10/5/5 ratio, and keeping enough variety in protein sources.
80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ. Make sure at least one of your protein sources is red meat (feeding just chicken and turkey is nutritionally sparse).
The ratios really only need to be rough. I don't even really keep track of it anymore after feeding this way for a year and a half now. I just feed whatever seems right. Still have a healthy and strong dog. There are some breeders who have been feeding prey model for decades.
Pureed veggies may be good if your dog needs fiber or bulk in his diet but that's about it.
Edited by author Tue Aug 7, '12 2:52pm PST
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