Photo 1: Whole Kangaroo carcass and 28 Whippet puppies
Photo 2: 10 minutes later..
Dogs are carnivores, not omnivores, people
Dogs are omnivores, people. They need vitamins from grains and certain vegetables.
But, hey, let’s not trust people who went to school for animals.
-Dogs are carnivores. They have the stomach length and acidity (PH) of a carnivore. Their entire physiology is carnivorous; from their lack of grinding molars (omnivores/herbivores have these for plant material) to the lack of amylase in their saliva. Their jaws physically cannot even move side to side, nor can their pointed teeth crush plant material. Nor do they have the digestive enzymes required for digesting plant material. There are so many other physiological reasons but these are some of the main ones.
-The AAFCO decides the very nutrient requirement of dogs and the legal requirements of pet food companies. They clearly stated that dogs and cats do not need carbohydrates. Do you understand - even the AAFCO has said this. Dogs can get every single essential amino acid, vitamin and mineral from a raw diet that is done right (Prey Model). Carbohydrates such as vegetables are only in the food because they are required for the mixture stability, and because they are dirt cheap. Note that they make up around 50% of the majority of dry pet foods and are inflammatory, too high in omega 6, and linked to various illness (small bowel disease, cancer, periodontal disease-often leading to organ failure, diabetes, etc etc for miles).
-Vets are great at what they do, but they get very little nutritional training and when they do it is usually influenced by major brands such as Science Diet or Royal Canin. This is a highly intelligent marketing plan, as they target vets during vet school knowing that they may one day recommend their products to clients.
I’d even go as far as to say that a large chunk of my followers understand basic carnivore digestion and nutrient requirements better than the average vet. Thankfully there is a growing number of vets that are very knowledgeable in carnivore nutrition, and do not align themselves with food companies.
-If you own your own carnivores I would highly recommend searching ‘Dr Karen Becker’ on Youtube and learning a thing or two about carnivore nutrition. It is actually quite interesting, and most people notice significant changes in their pets overall health, mobility, teeth, and attitude. I often compare dry pet food to a human eating junk food along with a synthetic vitamin pill, so that they get the right ‘balance’. This is essentially what many pet food brands are doing.
I’ve noticed a lot of people confuse the fact that just because they can eat something does not mean they need to eat it.
Dogs, like may other canids evolved the ability to eat things like grains, fruits and vegetables to get them through tough times and avoid starvation, or simply because they like the taste. That does not mean that they require them or that it should be a significant part of their diet. Dogs are carnivores first and foremost.