The Secret to Healthy Digestion 

Would you consider eating a diet composed of breads and cookies? Of course you wouldn't and that is why pet owners around the globe are turning away from processed, grain based, kibble diets for their dogs. Most allergies arise from corn, wheat and other common grains causing health problems among our furry friends.

Stephanie Minturn · May 22, 2018

The BARF Diet: The Secret to 
Healthy Digestion 

By Stephanie Minturn 

Would you consider eating a diet composed of breads and cookies? Of course you wouldn't and that is why pet owners around the globe are turning away from processed, grain based, kibble diets for their dogs. Most allergies arise from corn, wheat and other common grains causing health problems among our furry friends. They account for a substantial amount of carbohydrates, causing weight issues, Diabetes and severe inflammatory conditions. 
Diet plays a huge role in your pet's digestion.


You are reading this article for one of two reasons. Either you are already feeding your pup a raw diet and you are furthering your knowledge on the subject or you are considering raw feeding and are attempting to gather every bit of information you can before beginning a raw meat diet or making the switch! Either way, thank you for being here! Raw feeding is one of the most important and rewarding choices you will make for your dog! 

One major claim of raw feeding is the ease of digestion, smaller stool sizes and enhanced absorption of nutrients. Why is a Raw diet better for digestion than dry? The answer is in theenzymes! Living enzymes are proteins made by living organisms, which act as catalysts, making digestive and metabolic processes function properly. These enzymes assist with the body's ability to break down food and absorb the maximum amount of nutrients necessary for good health. By feeding your dog an enzyme-rich Raw food diet, you will reduce unnecessary stress on your dog's organs to produce these vital enzymes on their own. This promotes optimum digestion and absorption. You simply can't get enough of these enzymes and less stress on the organs means a longer and healthier life for your dog! 

Some of you may be thinking, "Okay, so maybe my kibble-fed pup isn't getting these enzymes from their food. They do however, naturally create enzymes on their own, so at least they're getting a little...what's the big deal?" Think again kibble feeders. Living enzymes are extremely important but they're not the only beneficial component in digestion. Moisture is another important factor that most pet parents don't even consider. Processed dog food, such as kibble, contains little to no moisture, causing liver, kidney and metabolic stress on the body. This puts your pup into a state of dehydration. Even minor dehydration (which shows little outward symptoms at first) can put a huge amount of stress on body and damage the digestive system, hindering absorption and proper wasting. 

Before your pup starts showing serious symptoms, their stool will often give you a clue as to what is going on inside the body. The appearance and odor of stool can give you a clear indication of your dog's overall health. Your pet's stool should be small, firm, light in color and should disintegrate easily. This indicates that he is absorbing the maximum amount of nutrients from his diet and doesn't have the need to waste a large amount of unnecessary "fillers". Grain based diets provide a large amount of waste, thanks to the abundance of its non-beneficial ingredients. You will not find that in a Raw diet. This accounts for a mild odor as well and who doesn't want that? The more essential nutrients your dog is eating and absorbing, the less offensive the smell! 

Resources 
https://www.barfworld.com/allergies 
Grain Allergies in Dogs
Allergies in Dogs.

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Stephanie Minturn

Stephanie Minturn

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!