Ever wondered if raw dog food would be good for senior dogs? Afraid he may be too old to adjust? I switched and I have a story to tell.
Answer to the first question is a resounding yes!
The best thing I ever did for my crew was tossing out the kibble and going raw.
Dog health improved dramatically in my house after I switched all five of my canines to a life with raw.
In retrospect I believe the benefits were profound for my eldest dog Bonz.
And this makes more sense once we look at some of the differences between commercial foods and raw stuff.
- Doesn't have enough Protein
- Is processed
- Is hard to digest
- Is short of nutrients
- Kibble stresses the kidneys
- when done right, is balanced and has far more nutrients
- has enzymes
- is far easier to digest
- reduces stress on the kidneys and liver
- improves skin and coat
- real food heals
What is doing it right? Making sure you use organ meat and raw meaty bones along with that muscle meat. And senior dogs benefit even more from offal. (Think of those joints improving from using something like chicken feet. Ugly but good!)
Raw meat and bones still have enzymes which dramatically lightens the load on the pancreas to make them. The pancreas is helped even more by cutting out those carbohydrates that dogs never needed in the first place.
Since raw food is far easier to digest (takes half the time), it's the perfect food for senior dogs. After all, digestion is the hardest thing a body has to do so there's energy left for other important functions.
Because of everything I've already mentioned, there is less work for the kidneys and liver and the nutrients help heal your dog.
Bonz had always been a picky eater. In fact the only one I've ever had. That guy would eat a few bites of kibble, then flip the bowl over and try to bury it. I should have taken the clue.
Once he made the switch, he not only had an appetite but knew exactly when breakfast and dinner were served and would be there ready and waiting.
I also noticed:
Now here's what I didn't tell you. I knew Bonz when he was younger but I didn't adopt him until he was 8-years-old and I found out his owner had surrendered him.
Shortly after he came into my home I found out he had cancer and a heart murmur so there could never be surgery for this guy. Yet somehow he was still energetic, he was still happy and he became my best friend.
Yes, I gave him a few NSP herbal supplements (because that's what I do) but his base was a healthy diet and it served him well for five years. That's four years longer than his prognosis or an increase of 300%. And he didn't even slow down until the last few weeks of his life. Pretty cool huh?
The best senior dog food there is? My vote is for raw.
Just for fun, here's another picture of my guy. The click of my camera always made him shut his eyes but because I loved him so, I've always found him adorable.