for Optimum Health and Longevity
The canine digestive system anatomy and physiology is that of a carnivore, the most distinct characteristic being the voluminous stomach and shorter
intestinal length indicative of a carnivore to aid in rapid digestion of raw meat. The entire anatomy of the dog is adapted for a raw meat diet. A
natural diet are the foods best suited to the dog. Although domestication has changed their external appearance, and their behaviors somewhat, their
nutritional needs have not changed from those of their wild ancestors. Among the many reason to avoid feeding commercial pet food, two predominate:
commercial foods are heat processed, thereby effectively destroying the natural enzymes present in the ingredients and the fact that the vast
majority of pet foods are made with animal parts that have been determined unfit for human consumption and have been treated with chemicals to ensure
they do not get back into the human food chain. Enzymes are an essential aid in proper digestion of foods and supply the body with the energy needed
for such activities as the formation and elimination of urea and carbon dioxide and other toxins from the kidneys, lungs, colon, liver, spleen and
skin created during the process of metabolism. Ingesting quantities of contaminated and indigestible animal parts and plant material on a daily
basis cannot be considered conducive to good health. Studying carnivore anatomy, physiology and eating habits show us that we are doing our domestic
friends a great disservice by not feeding the the way nature intended.
Carnivores have a simple hinge jaw that works in a scissoring/slicing fashion rather than the rotational fashion of the herbivore and therefore do
not chew and cannot grind vegetables, grains and fruit. Their saliva is acidic, of which they produce large amounts to lubricate the food bolus and
the esophagus for transport to the stomach, but do not produce the carbohydrate digesting salivary enzymes necessary for the food to remain in
the mouth and be well-mixed with saliva as it is with the herbivore.
The carnivore stomach has a voluminous capacity and plays the largest role in the digestive process (it makes up 60-70 percent of the total volume of
the digestive tract, the herbivore less then 30 percent and is where the majority of protein ie., meat, digestion takes place. Food stays in the
stomach for up to eight hours, as opposed to the herbivore's 2-3 hours. This ensures the meat is well broken down before entering the intestinal
tract where toxins released by putrefying meat could be absorbed; it secretes large amounts of hydrochloric acid (ten times more than the
herbivore) creating the highly acidic stomach environment necessary for digesting meat protein and killing any dangerous bacteria that may have been
ingested. The carnivore small intestine is short (3-6 times body length) compared to the herbivore at 10-12 times the body length.
Carnivores have a poorly developed sense of taste-smell is much more important to them (the cat has 200 million scent cells to people's 5
million; the dog has 1,700 taste buds to people's 9,000).
The carnivore liver is large (the dog has the largest liver of all animals and produces uricase, an enzyme that breaks down uric acid. The
carnivore liver is capable of eliminating 10-15 times more uric acid than the liver of the herbivore (meat digestion releases large amounts of uric
acid. The carnivore, in nature, sleeps an average of 18-21 out of 24 hours in a day. The herbivore sleeps from 1-3 hours a day, eating (grazing) on a
continuous basis for the other 21-23 hours.
Carnivores, gorge themselves on their prey, swallowing large chunks of food that we, as humans, would choke on; usually the organs are eaten first,
followed by the stomach and intestines. (contents shaken out first). This is nature's way of ensuring a balanced diet by supplying important nutrients
by the carnivore, as well as the nutrients stored in organs that are not found in the bones and muscle tissue. They will eat the whole carcass-skin,
hair and bones included-the extremely acidic stomach environment can digest bones and skin, which bulks up the stool and protects the intestinal walls
from sharp objects such as fragments of bone (note: commercial foods do NOT promote an acidic stomach environment) . After gorging they will then sleep
off and on for up to 21 hours while digesting their meal.
Gorging ensures that the stomach gets fully exercised, and strengthened and toned the way it is meant for proper functioning. Fasting is an important
carnivore behaviour, allowing for complete digestion of the raw meat protein while allowing the stomach to be cleaned and completely emptied regularly.
Raw meat helps to maintain the acidic environment necessary for its digestion and absorption of calcium from bones; thee acidic environment
stimulates the pancreas to produce its digestive enzymes-this maintains pancreatic health and prevents atrophy of this important organ; the strong
digestive secretions allow very few parasites to get past the stomach. It is important to note that cereals, ie., grains, are alkaline forming-this
means that commercial pet foods, which are cereal based do not nurture an acidic stomach environment.
Cooking meat artificially semi digests it instead of allowing the stomach, intestines and digestive enzymes being allowed to do so. This leaves these
organs improperly exercised and over a long period of time their ability to function naturally and to cope with the work they were meant to do is
compromised, opening the door for the development of chronic health concerns.
Cooking destroys many important nutrients and also the enzymes necessary for all of the body's physiological functions. The body does manufacture
enzymes, but in the absence of the enzymes obtained from raw food, the body overworks its natural supply. This creates a strain on its enzyme reserve
which can impair and stress the functioning of all the major organ systems of the body-leading to a state of disharmony and disease. Cooking causes
the amino acid chain found in meat protein to coagulate and become useless and or/toxic to the body, increasing its burden to detoxify.
Cooking also depletes the vital high water content of natural foods. Heating extracts the natural water and dries and concentrates the food;
water is critical for all functions, as well as storing the water-soluble vitamins required by the body.
Cooked food passes through the digestive tract more slowly than raw food, tending to putrefy and throw toxins back into the bloodstream; prolonged
intestinal toxemia may manifest itself in a myriad of disease symptoms, including allergies and arthritis.
A raw meaty bones diet prevents the formation of plaque on the teeth and the high acidity of the oral cavity destroys any harmful bacteria before they have a
chance to contribute to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has become almost epidemic in our dogs today and plays a major role in the creation of
ill health in our pets.
The complex metabolic process of the body must be fuelled in a supporting and vitalizing fashion, the way nature intended, in order for good health
and a disease-free state to be maintained. A natural, chemical-free diet nurtures optimum health, and as concerned and loving pet guardians we owe
it to them to take a serious look at what an dhow we are currently feeding them.
Warning: Not many if any Vets condone this. Hmmm... could it be because any further vet visits due to malnourishment and improper feeding will
be eliminated?. .. Teeth cleaning? What's that? Remember, nature has always known best. Food is medicine. As for us, and for animals. Feed a species
appropriate to how it's body is meant to eat and the outcome is vital health and peace of mind that YOU are doing the VERY best for voiceless creatures
that depend on us to do the right thing, not always the easy thing.