Dr. Brendan Clarke walks us through his top 5 signs in identifying a healthy dog.
00:00 – Introduction
00:16 – Behaviour
01:03 – Body Condition Score
01:38 – Digestion
02:31 – Oral Health
03:41 – Inflammation
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The scientific raw diet is a simple and convenient way to feed your dog. It consists of raw meat and bones. In addition, it contains 20 to 40 percent fruits, vegetables and dairy. The rest of the diet is made up of a mix of meat and other ingredients. It is important to note that the basic protein, mineral and vitamin requirements are met. The diet should also include some organ meats, as these are rich in vitamins and minerals.
However, there are some precautions when it comes to feeding your dog a raw diet. Because raw foods contain more bacteria, dogs can become very ill from exposure to them. And these bacteria can spread to other dogs and humans. Some of these bacteria can be harmful to people with weakened immune systems. The food should also be properly disinfected.
Besides providing your dog with essential vitamins and minerals, a raw diet will improve its skin health. Its high moisture content will encourage frequent urination, which will help in eliminating bacteria. Additionally, a raw diet improves metabolism, which means that fatty deposits are burned and muscle mass is increased. This is beneficial for senior dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs with mobility problems.
Commercial raw dog food diets can be fortified with chelated minerals, which are minerals paired with an amino acid. This helps the nutrients in these foods digest better. This process is necessary to meet the standards set by the AAFCO. However, this does not mean that a raw food is lacking in nutrients. Instead, it can act as a buffer for pets with high nutritional needs.