If you are a pet parent, you already know what it means to have a pet that serves as a companion and a friend. That is why choosing a diet becomes an important consideration, especially when it comes to your Shiba Inu. You may have heard of raw dog food diets before, but today we’ll sort through the information together and end with a simple raw dog food recipe to try out.
A Significantly Longer Life
Studies reveal that a raw dog food diet contribute to a dog’s continual health and longevity. In fact, statistics show that introducing a raw food diet into a dog’s meal plan can lengthen its lifespan significantly.
Beagles, who like Shiba Inus live an average of twelve years, have been proven to live an additional three years to the age of fifteen when subsisting on a raw dog food diet. Your Shiba will almost certainly see similar results of well-cared for.
Reviewing the Ingredients
Although commercial dog food manufacturers tout the nutrition of their products, many dog owners question the addition of certain byproducts or ingredients. Below are some examples.
Cheap waste products derived from human food manufacturing processes
These products include foods that contain wheat gluten, rice protein concentrate, or corn gluten, all which supply incomplete nutrition. For example, a rice protein concentrate offers plant protein, but is insufficient when compared to animal protein. Soy protein, another common ingredient, is also lacking in this respect.
Lentils and peas
These foods are used to increase protein in dog food as well. However, the plants do not supply all the amino acids that a dog needs in its diet. While you cannot fault the plants for being inadequate as secondary food sources, they should not be included in the main ingredients.
Any dog foods that rely on plant products to supply protein, may not meet all of your dog’s nutritional requirements. This may be true, even if a food is approved by the AAFCO, or the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
That is because the AAFCO is not a regulatory governmental agency. Instead, it operates as a private corporation. While the organization does not directly regulate what is included in commercial dog foods, it has been instrumental in establishing labeling guidelines.
When you consider that wild dogs never eat grains, concocting raw dog food recipes for your dog makes sense. A wild dog’s digestive tract cannot convert grains into sugar for later consumption. Therefore, dog food ingredients should be added with a dog’s special digestive and nutritional needs in mind.
A Major Finding
One Belgian study, conducted over a period of five years and involving over 500 dogs, showed that raw dog food recipes do, in fact, impact a dog’s lifespan. The researchers reviewed a variety of factors, including diet, housing, the number of human family members in a household, and sterilization.
The study showed that sterilization and food significantly impacted a dog’s health and life expectancy. Researchers discovered that sterilization increases a dog’s lifespan by 15 months while a raw food diet boosted longevity by almost three years, or 32 months.
Moreover, dogs who ate a raw food diet enjoyed a better quality of life. Raw foods, it was found, reduce allergies, increase stamina, boost energy, and impart mobility in a dog’s later years.
Coming Up with a Recipe
To give you an idea of where to start when creating a raw meal plan, you need to refer to the basic structure of a raw dog food concoction. There are many good resources and guidelines, but let’s use the following guide to make your own raw dog food recipes.
Add 1.5 cups of raw meat
Using some of the meat on the bone. Meat may include tuna, steak, pork chops, lamb chops, or hamburger. Make sure you don’t give your dog any bones that could get caught in its throat – one of the main reasons for emergency vet visits. Initially, mince a small part of the bone with the meat.
Include an organ in your recipe
Organs, such as livers, spleens, or kidneys, are like vegetables to a dog. Also include 1.5 cups of veggies and/or a fruits and dog superfoods.
Lightly steam vegetables
Or run fruits through a juicer or food processor. Doing so adds fiber. Finally, add vitamin and mineral supplementation. Add some fish oil to make your Shiba shine!
Your Shiba Inu should also receive plenty of fresh water to drink. This will help eliminate any internal toxins and keep your dog and friend feelings its best. Any pet parent who wants to ensure his or her Shiba’s quality of life should consider nutrition first and foremost in the care of their pet.