The Paleo Diet for Dogs

Fruits and Veggies for dogsWe all love our dogs, no matter how loud or even unnatural they can act sometimes. I own two dogs and thanks to the post I read on Barking Royalty, I am finally able to control the allergic reactions I get due to them. But as a dog owner I would like to ask you that –  Are you providing your dog with a natural, balanced diet? If not, you might want to consider the Paleo diet for your dog. If you’re looking to shed fat through medical weight loss programs, you might as well first try out the Paleo diet yourself. Many of us have probably heard the term “Paleo” tossed around by our human friends that are trying to lose weight. Weight loss can benefit our dogs too but that’s not the only benefit of the Paleo Diet.

What is the Paleo Diet? 

The Paleo Diet is a diet made up of whole foods and eliminates all processed materials.  In fact, even strict human followers of the Paleo diet don’t know where it originated from.  The Paleo diet is based on the dietary norms from humans that lived during the Paleolithic Era.  During that time humans consumed fresh fruits, vegetables, wild game, fish, roots, nuts and seeds.  Foods made from grains were not safe for humans to eat during that time as the technological advancements required to process these foods (ie. potatoes and grains) did not yet exist. As you can see this is literally a “whole foods” diet.

What’s wrong with commercial dog food?

Unfortunately, most commercial dog foods don’t have ingredients that are safe for human consumption so why would you feed it to your dog?  Look at the ingredients on varying bags of dog food and you’ll see things like: road kill, spoiled meat, cattle hooves, chicken heads.  Many people confess that when they read dog food labels, they’re not even sure exactly what they’re reading.  That’s no accident, folks.  Manufacturers want it that way.  Do you even know how these commercial foods are processed?  Waste products from slaughter houses, farms and other places are processed in facilities called “rendering plants” and then in turn, that waste ends up in commercial dog food.  Look at the ingredients list on your dog’s food.  Do you see the word “meal” after the word chicken or beef? The word “meal” is indicates that these meats have gone through the rendering process.  You’re feeding your dog waste, bones, discarded animal parts if you’re feeding him any meat ingredient followed by the word “meal”.  Additionally, many commercial pet foods are loaded up with grains and starches which are tough for your dog’s body to digest.  Often times this is exactly where food allergies come from.  Synthetic preservatives and additives are often used to keep your dog’s food from spoiling.  That’s downright dangerous and causes damage to your dog’s organs and even causes cancer.

Next Steps:

Our hope is that you will, at the very least, begin to read dog food labels and begin to ask questions.  Educate yourself before you put a product in your dog’s food bowl.  Just because he eats it doesn’t mean it’s good for him. Check out this informative book “Paleo Chef for Dogs: Homemade Gluten-Free Dog Food Recipes” by Casey Merrick.  It provides the reader with cooked, raw and bulk recipes as well as information about how to get your dog started on a Paleo Diet.  It’s definitely worth a read and is free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.  You can also check out the website for a free Paleo Dog Treat Recipe Book!

By Noelle Dunn

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