In the ever-evolving world of canine nutrition, one concept that has gained significant attention in recent years is the raw diet for puppies and dogs. Raw feeding is a practice that involves offering our canine companions a diet primarily composed of raw meat, bones, and uncooked ingredients. This approach to nutrition is inspired by the invaluable insights from "The Forever Dog" by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker. In this post, we will delve into the numerous advantages of feeding a raw diet as we have embraced this holistic approach to pet nutrition here at Sweet Tea. Australian Labradoodles, just like many other breeds of dogs, LOVE raw food. Raw or fresh diets for dogs can include a plethora of ingredients!
The Raw Diet Advantage:
Enhanced Digestion and Nutrient Absorption:
Raw diets mirror the ancestral diet of dogs, promoting optimal digestion and nutrient absorption.
Enriched with natural enzymes and probiotics, raw food can support a dog's digestive system, potentially reducing stomach issues.
We choose from a variety of commercially prepared brands of raw to feed our parent dogs as well as puppies. While we could opt to make our own raw food, purchasing it already prepared not only saves time, but ensures the correct balance of nutrients are present.
Improved Dental Health:
Chewing on raw bones and tough meats naturally cleans teeth, reducing the risk of dental diseases.
A healthier mouth translates to better overall health and longevity.
Glossy Coat and Radiant Skin:
A well-balanced raw diet provides essential fatty acids that contribute to a shinier coat and healthier skin.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in raw fish, can alleviate skin irritations and reduce inflammation.
Sustained Energy Levels:
Dogs on raw diets often exhibit increased energy levels and overall vitality.
Proper nutrition supports muscle development and fuels their active lifestyles.
Raw diets allow for precise portion control, making it easier to manage a dog's weight.
Natural appetite regulation can lead to a healthier body composition.
Worried about an underweight dog? In our experience, even the pickiest eaters LOVE raw food and come running for it!
Reduced Allergies and Sensitivities:
By eliminating common allergens present in processed dog foods, raw diets may alleviate food sensitivities and allergies.
We have found chicken to be a trigger for our dogs here, so feed it sparingly. We opt for beef, rabbit, and pork most often.
Sweet Tea Doodles: Committed to Quality Nutrition:
Here at Sweet Tea Doodles, we want the best start for your Australian Labradoodle puppy which means feeding their parents high quality, nutrient dense meals. Our approach to raw feeding aligns seamlessly with the principles outlined in "The Forever Dog" by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker.
Premium Sourcing: Sweet Tea Doodles prioritizes high-quality ingredients, made with human grade ingredients. We enjoy adding fresh eggs to our parent dog's meals as fresh eggs are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Brands we maninly feed include Answer's Pet food, Top Quality Dog food out of Maryland, Bixbi, Bones & Co, and BJ's out of PA.
Variety: Your puppy will be fed several proteins while here, including pork, a bit of chicken, beef, and possibly rabbit.
Embracing a raw diet for your Australian Labradoodle puppy can be a transformative step toward ensuring their long-term health and well-being. Inspired by the wisdom of "The Forever Dog" by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker, we have decided to feed raw to all of our mom and dad dogs as well as our puppies. It is essential to consult with your veterinarian before transitioning to a raw diet.