Our diets have changed a lot over the last 200 years. In the last half-century alone, we’ve ditched most of the tried-and-true ways we used to eat and prep foods. Instead, we crave ultra-processed or fast food, microwave meals, and so on.
The industrial revolution ushered in a new era where fattening processed foods like corn, soy, and wheat became – and still are – king. They’re cheap and fill you up. So, it’s no wonder we’ve opted to increase how much of these items we eat. The thing is, this change brings with it a host of herbicides, fertilizers, additives, and other chemicals to disrupt the way our bodies function – and if it’s happening to us, you can bet these foods have made their way into the bowl of your best friend, your furbaby – your dog – and she’s experiencing many of the same repercussions.
But, what are dogs meant to eat?
Well, let’s think about this for a minute. Have you ever seen a dog drag its prey over a fire pit? No. Cooked and prepared foods have never really been a part of a dog’s diet. Before we came along, they had to live off of prey and forage for scraps. They’ve only been introduced to cooked and processed foods within the last century – and that’s on us.
Dogs are carnivores – they’re meant to eat meat. In fact, their teeth, gut, and gastrointestinal tracts strongly support this. For instance, look at your dog’s jaw – it’s hinged and strong so it can rip apart meat. And if you take a peek at your pup’s teeth, you’ll notice the triangular shape, which helps rip flesh and crush bone.
What they don’t have are typical molars. Molars are mostly used to grind plant materials. And dogs lack the type of stomach used for slow digestion. Additionally, their systems don’t support the fermentation of complex carbohydrates (found only in plants and grains).
Instead, they’ve got large guts and short digestive tracts. This proves they’re meant to consume mostly high protein foods in a short amounts of time for fast digestion and nutrient absorption.1 That’s because, in the wild, these creatures eat meat when they find it – so they feast – but often search for days or even weeks for food. And they’re built to sustain that kind of life.
What your dog doesn’t want is kibble!
It’s not your fault – for years the food industry did everything it could to make our lives easier – but in doing so, they concocted processed foods that were terrible for our furry friends. Most dry kibble consists of mostly carbohydrates. And even high protein kibble doesn’t offer your pup the protein his body was built to break down and thrive on.
Also, so much of the protein in kibble comes from – you guessed it – more plants. There’s no way your pup can be truly satisfied grazing on nutritionally weak plant foods. It’s just not fair.
Now you may think, “But my pet has seemed to do alright living off convenient, cheap, nutritionally sparse kibble for as long as I’ve had her. Why should I care if she’s a meat-eater by nature?”
Well, your pet may be surviving, but is she thriving?
You may not even know she’s suffering from the same kinds of degenerative issues, autoimmune issues, allergies, and other health concerns that people are. And these issues seem to be growing amongst our pet population.2
Why ditch kibble?
Well, beyond the subpar ingredients mentioned above, you just might not realize that several kibble brands are full of dangerous toxins, like aflatoxins, acrylamides, and PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) – a chemical used as a flame retardant.3
Turns out, grains like wheat, rice, and corn are often polluted with harmful molds (aka aflatoxins) because of bad growing conditions. And if your dog is exposed to these toxins, it can wreak havoc on your his system. Even if your kibble is grain-free, it’s still got a high carbohydrate content, so mold spores can potentially contaminate it when stored – even in your home.
What’s the alternative?
The best defense you can give your dog is a diet as close to raw as possible. And it should include the meats and protein your dog was designed to digest. This is what your dog needs in order to thrive. Don’t you want your pup to live a long, healthy life?
So, you can start by feeding your pup a grain-free balanced diet – one that mixes the best meats with the gut-friendliest produce. Your dog’s a carnivore, right? So, he’s got to avoid fattening grains he can’t digest well.
Chef’s Best Pet Food is as close to raw as a dog food can be. That’s because Chef’s Best Pet Food starts with a healthy mix of –
- Ranch-raised beef
- Wild elk
- Wild venison
- Ranch-raised chicken
- Wild bison
Chef’s Best Pet Food kicks it up a notch by also nourishing your pup with sweet potatoes, apples, and carrots – these carefully selected plant foods she’ll digest with ease. It’s like a home-cooked meal for your dog! And it’s freeze-dried.
You see, freeze-drying is the only way to dry food that doesn’t rely on heat – which zaps the food of its nutrients. When you freeze-dry, the foods keep the essential nutrients and vitamins that make them healthy to begin with.
Chef’s Best Pet Food is full of great vitamins for your pup. There’s Vitamin A to boost your dog’s immunity, Vitamin D to help his bones stay strong, and Vitamin E to support healthy skin and a shiny coat. Not only that, but there’s a good dose of calcium to build and fortify nails, bones, and teeth.
Your furry friend simply doesn’t want to eat wheat or rice. He doesn’t want to ingest the toxins found in kibble. Your pup wants meat, plain and simple.
So, give him what tastes best and what’s best for his body. He deserves to be cared for in the best possible way and … he’ll love you for it.
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