While you will not hear the average dog owner tell you about their dog's lack of energy and pure joy of life, many owners who feed raw have noticed improved energy and vitality after switching to raw. Some even say their older dogs have shown puppy-like energy levels they have not seen in years.
Most of our dog's allergies come from years of feeding processed foods. Although some are caused by environmental factors, the vast majority are food related. These allergies can lead to skin issues, infections of the eye and ear, as well as problems with digestion. Once on a raw diet, many owners see huge improvements in this area with some problems going away completely.
Dogs on a commercial kibble diet are far more likely to have poor dental hygiene. Kibble has starch filled ingredients which can lead to tartar buildup. A large amount of tartar will eventually cause periodontal disease. By the age of three, most dogs show signs of this disease even though it is completely preventable. Raw diets act as regular dental care. The ingredients of a raw diet clean and whiten teeth, freshen breath, as well as reduce the amount of tartar buildup.
Some of the first things you notice when feeding your dog a raw diet are the changes to their skin and coat. Their potentially dull, oily, and smelly coat, will transform to a beautifully shiny and soft one. Your dogs fur is 90% protein, so when you are feeding them a diet with low quality ingredients, additives, and artificial preservatives; it will show.
Another benefit to a raw diet is improved skin condition. Dry itchy skin can be attributed to what goes in your dogs food dish. Although these conditions may not be completely related to diet, raw feeding improves the immune system. Dogs with a stronger immune system have a healthier coat and skin.
A biologically appropriate raw diet can increase your dog's metabolism. The increased metabolic rate helps them lose unwanted fat, and gain muscle where it is needed.
One of the most desired benefits of a raw diet is the change in your dog's stool. Most of what is in a commercial diet is considered to be waste. Dogs have no use for ingredients such as wheat, corn, and soy. This can make for large stools with a strong odor. Stools from a raw diet are much smaller, harder, and have almost no odor. This not only makes cleanup easier, it is a visible sign that your dog is healthy.
"You may not realize, but raw pet foods have a long history. In fact, raw foods are biologically comparable to the diets dogs and cats would consume before being domesticated by man.
For thousands of years, there were few choices available to undomesticated dogs and cats. They had no option to be finicky or refuse a particular food source. Dogs and cats ate to survive and consumed whatever foods were attainable whenever the opportunity presented.
These primordial pets would gorge themselves, graze as they roamed the plains, or go hungry for hours to days at a time. Hunting, killing, and consuming live prey was an option for able bodied canines and felines. For less proficient hunters, carcasses, fresh vegetation, even eggs were all fair game for scavenging. Pending the season, climate, or geography, food would be plentiful or scarce. And of course none of the nutrient sources discovered by these primordial dogs and cats were conventionally cooked — they were consumed raw." -- Patrick Mahaney, VMD