This question might sound a little funny, but we actually get asked this a lot.
Dogs can eat real food, and in fact, many veterinarians encourage their clients to incorporate real foods into their dogs diet. What we mean by real foods is unprocessed whole foods.
In all honesty, I guess it depends on who you ask. They are very few veterinarians that actually endorse raw foods diets, and really most are against it.
Right now, however, it is a big movement and many people are caught up in the craze. But because of how meat is processed, a raw food diet can be very dangerous.
This is very true, but neither did the first man. How we began cooking our foods was that over time and through educating ourselves, we learned that cooked foods were safer and in whole, better. Dogs now days are domesticated, and some what civilized animals.
When wild dogs feed, they kill their prey live so the meats they eat are safe and very fresh. Food that comes in raw form, especially raw dog foods, are not fresh and have been processed at some stage or point in time (probably multiple times) from the moment the animal was killed, to when your dog feeds.
That depends on how you cook it.
Dog food manufacturers who produce cooked meals do so utilizing extremely high heats and a boiling process. Cooking anything in extremely high heat kills many of the natural enzymes inherent within food, and also degrades the nutrient profile of the food. The boiling process is even worse, and over 85% of all nutrients are lost when boiled.
How does this compare to the PetStaurant? It doesn’t.
We do not boil any of our foods, and do not cook applying high heats. Our foods are seared on the outside which preserves the internal nutrient profile of the meat. The vegetables we use are mildly steamed to increase digestibility. Dogs actually have a very difficulty time digesting raw vegetable fiber. Once cooked, however, dogs are able to absorb the nutrient profile and phytochemicals in plant substances.
That is a big YES! Dogs do eat vegetables (and fruits), and these types of foods should be incorporated into a dogs diet in order to keep him healthy.
Domesticated dogs do not live in the wild, so are unable to feed naturally. Wild dogs eat the intestinal tracts of other herbivorous animals which usually contain plant matter. Not only this, wild canines also eat plants to obtain essential amino acids.
Because our dogs are domesticated and cannot feed how they would in the wild, it is very important to incorporate vegetables into your dog’s daily diet. Cooking the vegetables helps to improve digestibility. Our advice – vegetables should only be steamed, never boiled.