With so many different pet foods available for dogs, it can be very difficult for pet owners to select the right one for their furry family members. What ingredients should be avoided? What ingredients will help dogs thrive? Is a high meat diet best for their dog? Let’s dive into these questions to help decide if a high-meat diet is the right choice.
Dogs are natural carnivores. Their bodies are designed to easily digest and absorb nutrients from meat, whereas they don’t have the digestive enzymes needed to break down carbohydrates. Dogs thrive on a protein-based diet that consists of meat, bones, fat and organs. Not only are these biologically-appropriate foods extremely appetizing, they also keep dogs feeling satisfied and provide them with the nutrition they need.
More of What They Need
Nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids and trace minerals are the building blocks for healthy skin and shiny coats. Unfortunately, many commercial foods lack these invaluable nutrients, due to the extreme heats and immense pressure the ingredients are exposed to in the cooking process.
Studies show that deficiency of essential fatty acids is one of the main causes of canine dermatosis (inflammatory skin issues), and that incorporating these ingredients into our furry friends’ diets is an effective form of prevention.
Joint health is also important for dogs, especially as they age. Nutrients such as glucosamine and chondroitin are natural cartilage building blocks, while nutrients like calcium and phosphorus support healthy bone development. These essential nutrients and minerals can be found in whole-prey diets that are rich in high-meat protein and include ground bone.
Less of What They Don’t
If your customers have been feeding their pets highly-processed diets and notice their dogs have been scratching excessively, it might be due to sensitivities they have developed to some of the ‘filler’ ingredients often used to bulk up the food.
Artificial colors and flavors, grains, potatoes, legumes, starches and added sugars are just some of the commercial dog food ‘fillers’ that can contribute to skin issues. These ingredients can’t be efficiently processed by a dog’s digestive system, which means they can wreak havoc on a dog’s skin and overall health.
The Biologically Designed Diet
The ideal diet for dogs is the one they were biologically designed to eat—mostly meat, plus organs and bone, with very little grain or vegetables. If a pet owner doesn't like handling raw meat or prefers the convenience of dry foods, ZIWI Peak is an easy alternative. Made up of 96% meat, organs and bone, it’s air-dried slowly and gently to preserve all the nutrients of the raw ingredients, but without the need to freeze, refrigerate or prepare (just scoop and serve!). And with a 10% blend of superfoods in each recipe, every dog is guaranteed to receive the nutrients they need to thrive.