Species Appropriate Raw Food:
The Dog is a Carnivore
We first need to establish the fact that dogs are indeed carnivores and that carnivores have special dietary needs to maintain good health. Dr. L. David Mech, internationally renowned wildlife research biologist and wolf specialist with over 30 years of research in the field, states in his book, The Way of the Wolf: “How would you like to have a wolf in your home? Chances are you already do. The civilized model comes as a dog. But delve deep into any dog’s genes, and you will find a wolf. This is not merely word play. The dog is, in every way, really a domesticated wolf…both animals have the same digestive system specialized to use meat and fat.”
Dr. Robert K. Wayne, Ph.D. put it this way: “The domestic dog is an extremely close relative of the gray wolf, differing from it by at most 0.2% of mitochondrial DNA sequence.... In comparison, the gray wolf differs from its closest wild relative, the coyote, by about 4% of mitochondrial DNA sequence.”
In 1993, scientists (it takes some people longer to accept the facts) established that dogs, Canis lupus familiaris, were cousin to the grey wolf, and by their physiology they ARE CARNIVORES, which means flesh eating. Don’t we all agree wolves are carnivores? Don’t see them cooking corn over an open campfire! Wolves and dogs have the same dentition and digestive systems. Sure dogs and wolves can and do eat other things but the main diet that supports a healthy immune system is raw meat, bones and offal. Dogs have no requirement for carbohydrates, chemical preservatives or questionable ingredients. If you research it out, you will discover that processed pet foods were created for convenience and profit, not for a dog’s long term health. This is evident by the gastrointestinal (GI) problems and diseases seen so often in dogs today. So, the question is: why do so many people have trouble accepting these facts?
I found the following on the www.celestialhealing.net website and based on a chart by A.D. Andrews, Fit Food for Men, (Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970) I thought it interesting.
Meat-eaters: have claws
Herbivores: no claws
Humans: no claws
Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue
Herbivores: perspire through skin pores
Humans: perspire through skin pores
Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding
Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that meat can pass through quickly
Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat (and bone)
Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater
Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater
Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains
Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
I believe the facts (and many more if you wish to research it) have established that the dog, cousin to the wolf, is a carnivore. Let’s continue with Species Appropriate Raw Food – Health Begins Here to learn more.