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Today, I want to share a book with you that goes into more detail as to why a raw food diet is best for dogs and why dogs may need a digestive supplement.
Meeting Robert Mueller of BARF World
I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Mueller of BARF World at SuperZoo this year. For me, this was huge! BARFWorld.com is the first site I discovered that explained the benefits of raw feeding and was paramount in helping me make the decision to transition my dogs to raw.
Mr. Mueller sent me a gift package that included food from his line (our dogs loved it), a t-shirt (I rock it all the time), and his book, Living Enzymes, The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret.
This is an 80-page book that explains the importance of living digestive enzymes in our dogs' diet. I wanted to share a few highlights from the book and show you how to order your own copy.
A Healthy Gut, A Healthy Dog
“An animal's body, like ours, is fully capable of self-healing. And like us, our pets' diet plays a vital role in their ability to maintain good health. For example, foods that are not easily digested can “plug up the pipes,” which may lead to a host of autoimmune disorders.” ~ Living Enzymes
Although I often say that raw isn't the answer to everything, I'm starting to change my mind the more I look into how our dogs are supposed to eat and the damage being done by how we traditionally feed our dogs.
“Degenerative diseases have been reversed. Chronic allergies have been eliminated. Digestive disorders go away, and a myriad of other ailments have been rendered nonexistent.” ~ Living Enzymes
Everything goes back to the gut and reading Living Enzymes helped me understand more of why it's so important to feed our dogs a species appropriate diet.
A Laymen's Explanation of Living Enzymes
After reading this book, my take away is that our dogs have a finite number of living enzymes in their gut and when we feed them a diet that is high in carbs and over processed, we're feeding them a diet that's difficult to digest. So they use up their own enzymes breaking down that food. This is why we're seeing chronic inflammation and allergies, chronic illnesses and infections, obesity, diabetes, and other health issues. Our dogs no longer have the living enzymes natural to their system to break down this food; they used it all up within the first few years of their lives.
What's the solution?
The best solution is a species appropriate diet that will provide the living enzymes that they need – it's in the raw meat. For some dogs, like Rodrigo, they are so far gone that they need a supplement too, which is why he gets Olewo carrots and FullBucket Daily Canine Powder.
The book was fascinating and I found myself repeatedly saying “ahhhh,” which makes me glad that I read it at home. That's so annoying when someone talks to their book on the train. I finally had a clear understanding of what happened to Rodrigo and I'm pleased to know that I'm on the right track for him.
Raw Feeding 101 – Learn to Feed Raw
If you're interested in learning more about transitioning your dog to raw dog food, check out these two sources:
Raw Feeding 101 – Learn to Feed Raw – this is an online course that you can take at your leisure to learn how to feed your dog a species appropriate diet.
A Novice's Guide to Raw Feeding for Dog – this is my book and it's an introduction to raw feeding for people who are ready to make the change but aren't sure where to start.