More and more pet professionals (breeders, veterinarians and pet nutritionists) are advocating a second look at what we feed our dogs and cats. This is because there is a growing belief that our animals need a raw, natural diet in order to be healthy. Simply put, commercial pet foods do not supply the nutrients that are necessary for optimal health and longevity.
WHAT IS THE ANCESTRAL DIET?
You may have heard of the popular “Caveman Diet”, as it applies to humans, the theory being that unprocessed fresh foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates are best for people who evolved successfully over thousands and thousands of years consuming just such a diet. The concept of the “Canine Ancestral Diet” for dogs is similar in nature.
Dogs and other candis evolved successfully through hunting and scavenging; consuming foods that were not at all like the kibble so many are fed today. Recent nutritional science increasingly supports an ancestral-type diet – high protein, balanced fats, and at least some fresh foods – as the healthiest approach to feeding most dogs.