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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Your Dog's Dessert: The package says "Healthy", But Is It Really?

This is a special guest post regarding healthy dog treats & dog diets by Bruce Dwyer, owner of www.healthydogtreats.com.au and www.dogwalkersmelbourne.com.au . He has provided this post for our loving community, and I hope everyone enjoys his post!


There is considerable discussion out there about the benefits of meat in a dog’s diet. At worst case, most people will acknowledge that the wolf (its immediate ancestor) is a very strong carnivore, and that dogs maintain all of their internal workings of a wolf. In the wild dogs will always eat meat, unless none is available. They only eat vegetable matter to make themselves sick or small amounts of berries to survive. The case against them being carnivores is loosely based on the concept that they are  facultative carnivores, not obligate carnivores, meaning that in theory they have a choice to eat meat or not. The reality is in the wild they crave meat and hunt down prey to get it. In the wild dogs consume vegetable matter mostly accidently through the prey’s stomach. As this would comprise 5% or less of their total diet, why would owners feed them a 90% grain diet that most commercial dog food manufactures push on pet owners? The only answer is because it is a cheap input and maximizes profit, and is advertised widely.

I can’t force people to change their dog food preference. But what I do suggest is that regardless of what you feed your dog as its main meal, you should in the very least consider an all meat, no additive, no coloring dog treat as the healthiest of supplement in their daily life. Most people understand that this inherently makes sense for their dog’s health.

The dog treat advice I give owners is mostly dependent on a dog’s age and meat preference. If their dog is old it will require the softer treats like kangaroo sticks and chicken sticks. If the dog chews a lot and they want a long lasting treat, I recommend beef jerky, roo jerky or even duck fillet. If they want their dog getting the full benefit of the whole animal (as they would in nature) I recommend things like roo meat balls and chicken meat balls. It is also important for a dog’s immune system and variety in nutrients that it gets as many different types of meat and therefore meat proteins into it system as it can. That is why if a dog is mainly fed chicken and beef, I suggest them trying duck, kangaroo or even emu meat. For training purposes I always recommend beef liver and beef liver balls.

If you buy any kind of dog treat for your dog I also recommend that you carefully select where it is made and what is actually in it. For maximum benefit you should look for treats that are 100% meat with no artificial flavors or colors. While export restrictions mean that the healthy dog treats I supply clients with are restricted to Australia, my websites show you what kinds of all meat treats you should aim to purchase as well as many 100% original dog articles aimed at understanding healthy dog practices and how dog food plays an important part of that.

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