Raw feeding is beneficial for dogs
Raw feeding is beneficial for dogs - cooking at high temperature destroys important natural amino acids in meats and organs
Raw feeding has become a lot more common in recent years, and several studies also support the benefits of raw feeding.
Diet affects the dog's body extensively. The dog needs food for daily energy needs and activity, but it also has a holistic impact on physical health and mental well-being. Nutritional problems start to show up quickly in a form of different deficiencies and symptoms, which is why it’s important that the food the dog is eating is the best possible quality and supports the dog’s natural diet.
Why is raw food important for a dog's health?
The dog is not meant to eat highly processed foods and is essentially a carnivore. The important nutrients from raw meat absorb best in the dog's short intestine. On the other hand, a dog does not need a lot of carbohydrates, i.e. grain. For this reason, many dogs benefit significantly from raw feeding.
A raw diet consists of a variety of 100% natural ingredients, including different kinds of meats, viscera, bones, vegetables, and fruits. This mimics a dog’s natural diet as a carnivore (i.e., what the dog would eat from the prey’s body and the content of the stomach) as far as possible.
The advantage of raw food is that the materials are processed as little as possible. This means that the nutrients are also better preserved because cooking and industrial production destroys a large part of the usable nutrients, good bacteria, and enzymes.
A bio-available diet helps with many issues
In recent years there has been extensive research on raw feeding. The DogRisk research group, which studies the nutrition and health of dogs at the University of Helsinki, is one of the organizations that examines the effects of raw feeding, and studies have shown that a bio-available diet has many positive effects on dog health.
Only a 20% raw food increase in a dog’s diet had a positive effect on its health. Uncooked raw-based foods that included meat, raw vegetables, and berries reduced the dog’s atopies and allergies, while traditional dry foods increased the risk of them. In addition, the studies of raw food have also shown beneficial effects, e.g. the condition of dogs' joints, growth problems, and general condition.
The advantages of raw food are, for example:
• Shiny coat and healthier skin
• Better alertness and more energy
• Firmer stools
• Cleaner ears
• Better appetite
• Weight control
• Healthier teeth and better smelling breath
The nutrients your dog needs
Your dog needs a variety of different nutrients from the food, which have a holistic effect on different functions of the body and the well-being of the dog.
Your dog needs enough vitamins and minerals from its diet, such as vitamins B, A, D, E, and K, as well as calcium and phosphorus. Fat is an important nutrient and energy source, from which the dog also receives vital essential fatty acids that the dog’s body is unable to produce on its own. Fiber is important for the passage of food in the gut, and in addition the dog needs proteins.
The role of amino acids in a dog’s nutrition
The various tissues in the dog's body are pretty much made of proteins that consist of amino acids. Because of this, amino acids play an important role in the dog's body and cannot survive without proteins. There are 21 different amino acids, of which ten are essential: arginine, phenylalanine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
The dog itself is unable to produce essential amino acids in its body, so it needs a certain amount of them from food daily. Essential amino acids are important because they cannot be stored in the body and if they are not received from food, other amino acids can not be produced.
Cooking at a high temperature destroys a lot of important amino acids, which makes raw food a better option because the amino acids are in their natural form and can be utilized best by the body.
Pala is a natural and easy alternative to feeding your dog raw food
Pala's products have been developed in collaboration with the DogRisk research team, to meet the needs of raw feeding in the form of dry kibble.
Pala is made from high-quality raw materials and air-dried to preserve all the nutrients that are important to the dog. The products contain at least 82% meat and fish, vegetables, berries, and nature's active ingredients, without grains, additives, or preservatives.
The structure of Pala is like dry kibble, so it can be stored at room temperature and is suitable for a dog's diet as such, as a snack or as a complement to the diet.
Pala is an easy and safe way to ensure that your dog gets everything it needs - without any mess.