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When I started researching diet for my Malinois, the first person I listened to was the breeder so I have copied his reasoning to this page with a link to his website for the entire article. We had Max on a raw diet for about a year or so until one day he started breeding out of both ends and he was o very sick, we believe he is allergic to pork, I will say that I believe it takes a wealth of knowledge and skill to feed a raw diet. We currently feed Royal Canine as Max seems to do very well on this. I have nothing against the raw diet and I wish that I was better at providing it for our two Mals however after almost losing Max because of this I decided to go with regular Kibble.
From Sar Kennel Page
Lets face it our four legged carnivores are very spoiled, over 50 billion dollars will be spent this year on every kind of accessory you can think of for our furry little friends. We will spend 80 bucks on a Italian leather lead for Spot and 60 dollars for a 30 pound bag of high end kibble and think we are good, dump it in the bowl twice a day and Fido's nutrition needs are met. That's a nice thought.
You ever ask yourself the question "what did canines eat before kibble"? I'll tell you what they ate, what ever meaty bones were left over from their master and what ever the good little carnivore ran down and consumed, even more so before domestication. Canines are designed to eat raw food, their teeth are sharp and serrated for cutting and chomping bones, their stomach acid will melt iron and their digestive track is set up to handle raw meat because the large intestine is very short so any bacteria that makes it past the stomach juices will not be in the intestine long enough to absorb into the body.
In 2012, 19 billion dollars was shelled out for pet food in America alone. That is a huge industry. Unfortunately, it is not the best choice for your canine. There are a lot of secrets in this industry that you don't know about and they use code words like filler, meat by products or my personal favorite meat extenders. These ingredients will consist of things like, corn and corncobs, feathers, soy, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, citrus pulp, screening, weeds, straw, and cereal by-products are often included as inexpensive fillers or low-grade fiber content. And by the time they cook these ingredients at a very high temperature so it is consumable what little nutrition was there to begin with is non-existence. Digesting these fillers is very difficult and uncomfortable for your canine partner. The excrement is usually very large and the smell is disgusting.
I recently started feeding my canine buddies a raw diet and the transformation was simply amazing. The first thing I noticed was detoxification that took place, the smells that were coming from their coat and ears was awful and their excrement was interesting to say the least. But after 3 days I started seeing changes in the way they eat because eating raw they eat only once a day so at dinner time they are ready to eat, they started filling out better and the smell was going away and their excrement is next to nothing, after further inspection only some bone and very little waste.
It has been several weeks now and they are doing awesome, explosive energy, they smell great and no bad breath. Their diet for the most part has consisted of chicken leg quarters, chicken necks and raw eggs. I am going to start adding beef tripe (cows fourth stomach) for shiny coats and pearly whites and a seaweed kelp mixture for essential minerals.
Do you feed your canines raw if you do I would like to hear from you and what works for you. There is some information out there on this subject but I am always interested in hearing a different ideas