The raw dog food market is booming. Sales of raw pet foods increased by a whopping 263% between 2011 and 2017, according to research from GFK. However, experts warn that raw diets may not be as nutritionally balanced as manufactured products. Therefore, when feeding your pet a raw food diet, it’s often beneficial to supplement it with these extras to ensure all of your dog's nutritional needs are met.
The American Kennel Club advises that dogs need vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, and Choline in order to keep healthy. All of these vitamins play an essential role in your dog’s diet and overall well being, with the likes of vitamin A supporting growth and vitamin D helping to maintain strong bones. Commercial dog foods, such as canned wet food and kibble are typically complete and balanced, meaning they contain all the vitamins and minerals required for your pooch to sustain a healthy life. However, vitamin supplements designed for dogs should be given to pets on a raw diet to ensure all nutritional requirements are catered for.
Adding oils to your dog’s diet is a great way to boost his immune system. Coconut oil has become increasingly popular among humans in recent years, and it provides multiple benefits to canines, too. When consumed by dogs, it aids the digestion of nutrients, fights infection and disease and raises energy levels. Meanwhile, the omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil help to reduce inflammation and boost cognitive function. By adding these oils to your furry friend's raw meat diet, you’ll be encouraging all round good health and providing good nutrition.
Milk thistle repairs and protects the liver. The liver constantly works to fight toxins which can be found in your dog’s raw food diet and in the air he breathes. Thankfully, milk thistle is an antioxidant which helps to facilitate optimum liver function and repair the damage caused by toxins. It comes in powder, tablet and capsule form and can simply be added to your dog’s raw diet meals daily to provide all the essential nutrients your hound needs to keep him looking and feeling great.
Dogs who are fed a raw food diet often require additional supplements to ensure their bodies get all the nutrients their bodies need in order to thrive. Adding vitamins, oils and milk thistle to your dog’s meals will significantly boost his intake of nutrients and will keep your hound fit and healthy for longer.