What is a Species Appropriate Diet?
You'll often hear raw feeders say that they feed their dogs a fresh, 'species appropriate diet', and you might have wondered...
"What exactly is a species appropriate diet?"
Scientists discovered that the modern dog's DNA differs from its ancestor, the gray wolf, by less than 2%. Modern dogs may look and behave differently than their gray wolf ancestors, but their DNA, digestive systems and metabolisms indicate that they are not all that different from wolves when it comes to the best food for them.
What this all means is that ideally dogs should eat a diet that is very similar to the macro-nutrient composition of what a wolf, and his cousins, would eat: a wide variety of unprocessed raw meat and bones, organs, some fish, some eggs, some vegetation, and some fruit. This is species appropriate food for the dog - the Canis Lupis Familiaris.
Modern farming practices have changed the nutrient profiles of the meat most commonly fed to our dogs, and many raw fed dogs don't consume the entire animal from tip to tail. As a result, we may have to add some other things to our dog's diets to cover their nutritional requirements - and that's a fairly easy thing to do.
A species appropriate diet is the idea that animals should eat food that nature has designed it to eat: Snakes eat rodents, not vegetation; cows eat vegetation, not other animals; and dogs should eat a meat based diet, not a diet that is primarily highly processed carbohydrates and low quality protein.
While every dog is different, every dog can benefit from a diet that is less processed and includes fresh, whole food. We have the ability to directly impact the health and longevity of our dogs with the food that we choose to feed them.
There are no bowls of kibble in the forest. - unknown