Real Food For Dogs – How and Why We Feed Our Dogs a Species Appropriate Diet

Real Food For Dogs

Earlier this year we became the proud new guardians of two adorable lab mix puppies. We adopted them from a rescue organization called Puppies and More. Their volunteers scour the country for abandoned puppies and rescue them from the fate of high kill shelters. We could not be more excited and thankful to have dogs back in our lives! It feels wonderful knowing we will be their “furever” home.

Why real food and how do I feed my dog this way?

We are a real food family. Our goal is to also have real food dogs. Dogs are not meant to eat grains and processed foods. They do better on a raw food, species appropriate, primal diet like they would have in the wild. This means meat, raw bones, eggs. We found a raw dog food co-op that has a drop point in our town right after we adopted the puppies. This was much easier for me than grinding their food myself. 

I have since found a butcher that will give me ground scraps of bone, organ meats, etc. that is cheaper in price than the food co-op. I now buy this plus meaty bones like chicken legs, beef soup bones and less meaty bones like chicken necks and backs from the farm where we get our raw milk and meat. I like offering them a variety. It’s really not costing me any more than a higher end dry dog food and it’s so much healthier for them.

I also give them a whole egg each once per week and they get spirulina and fish oil fairly regularly.

I am not one to reinvent the wheel so I did some research and found the website rawfed.com. This, along with the book mentioned below is where I got information on what to feed, how much to feed and why to feed my dogs this way.

What’s the raw food difference?

My dogs don’t smell, their teeth are beautiful, they hardly poop and they are super healthy. This is how dogs were meant to eat.

Dry dog food is a new invention and a pretty bad one. It’s processed, contains fillers, preservatives and other potentially harmful ingredients. It’s difficult to digest and can contribute to organ failure, cancer and other diseases. 

Recently, dog food has been in the news due to some dogs being poisoned from food and treats that came from china. It’s very important to know where your dog’s food comes from because you do not want contaminated food in your home around your family!

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Never feed a dog a cooked chicken bone. Cooked bones splinter and can be fatal to a dog. Here is a book that I found very useful in preparing for our real food puppies:

Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kymythy Schultz (here is the Kindle version for $.99)

Always do your own research so you are able to make an educated decision regarding the best diet for your dog. 

Do you fee your pets a species appropriate diet? What works for you? 

 

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Comments

  1. Carol G. says

    I also feed my dog a species appropriate diet with human grade meats, bones and organs. I laugh and tell people he eats better than we do, but really there are many co-ops that make doing this cost effective. My dog is thriving and in optimal condition and I attribute it to his diet. I also make his treats in the dehydrator so it costs less than store bought and no worry about unwanted ingredients or toxins. A win-win for both of us.

  2. Carol G. says

    I belong to a raw feeding co-op and Facebook group and from what I have picked up about cats it is important to include heart because it is rich in taurine which is essential to cats.

  3. Kitty says

    I have done raw diets for my dogs, as well as dry dog foods. There are only two dry foods that I will give them: Orijen and Taste of the Wild. I typically use raw foods to treat illnesses as its very difficult to find butchers in my city that have grass fed anything in their offerings, much less antibiotic-free.

    I do have a question: chicken bones and backs.. How do you go about feeding those? I’m so leery of the idea of them piercing organs that I only give large enough bones that can’t be swallowed. Bone meal is totally different- I’d be okay with that if I could find that.

  4. says

    I love your article, I always take time to read about raw feeding. If done correctly it is the best way to feed our little lions and wolves. There’s a lot of negativity from vets and people in general about raw feeding, so keep it up, people don’t need to be bullied and tricked into buying processed food.

  5. Danielle says

    Dogs do eat grains and all manner of greens in a wild diet!

    GUTS, which they love; predigested and fermented in the guts of the animals they eat are all manner of – mostly plant – foodstuffs. That they really love this part of the animal suggests to me its nutritional importance.

    I like your general premise, but just meat bones and eggs is not a balanced diet. My guess is they’d be always looking around for innards, specifically gut vegetable matter wherever they could get it.

  6. Jacque SJ says

    When I first read this article I was so caught up in the first thing that came to mind “but we are not supposed to feed dogs and cats scraps, it is bad for them and will make them sick”, it is so ingrained in me I almost closed the page without reading. after reading the article it makes perfect sense that they would eat what we would out in the wild. My furkids ( a toy min-pin and a rescued Pomeranian/Dachshund mix) eat a lot of grass from upset stomachs from processed dog food. This article is well written and I am going to do my own research on what my furkids can eat, thank you! P.S. I will be passing this article on to whoever will listen…

  7. says

    Thanks for this post. I will start feeding my pup a real diet after this. What about vaccines? I am against vaccines for my kids, so why would I get them for my animals. Do you vaccinate your pups?

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