We at Damon's Den Doberman Rescue of Western PA think
that nutritional education is an important part of dog ownership. Just
as eating junk is not healthy for humans, the same applies to our canine
friends. Several of our group members feed a raw diet. We feel that
a raw diet is the best type of food that your dog can get for optimal
health. It sets the stage for a healthy immune system and a healthy
weight. Your dog gets its best chance of the longest life it can have
with the implementation of a raw diet. There are several different
interpretations of a raw diet. Most of our raw feeders feed just plain
raw style but there is also what is called a BARF diet out there. BARF
meaning Bones And Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. We
prefer the raw approach, not BARF, but BARF is light years ahead of
kibble should that be the path that you choose. The basic difference
between raw and BARF is that raw is based on the fact that a dog is
indeed a carnivore. BARF is based on a dog being an omnivore. BARF
also is often implememted by premade raw bought in a store. Homemade
raw just plain raw meat is best. It is very important that one does
the proper amount of research and reading before starting any new diet.
Talk to others who are experienced. Here
is a great place to read about raw. Here
is a site to learn about BARF.
Second to the raw diets are homemade cooked diets. Again,
this is light years away from kibble and promotes a healthier immune
system for your dog. And also again, research is needed in order to
prepare the diet properly so that your dog will have all the nutrients
that he should. A
good homemade diet is outlined well on here.
Third behind the home prepared diets is premium kibble.
You really do get what you pay for! Yes, they are expensive but they
are well worth the price in order to give your dog the best chance
he can have. The publication Whole
Dog Journal has a yearly review of dry and canned foods. We recommend
subscribing to this newsletter. It is worth the price. They do not
accept advertising dollars so their reviews are never biased. They
talk directly with the dog food manufacturers in most cases and give
a great detailed account of what is right and wrong in many foods.