Carnivores and certain omnivores such as lions, dogs, wolves, coyotes, and foxes in nature, after capturing their prey will first consume stomachs and intestines, which contain predigested vegetation. These predigested contents provide the meat eaters with much-needed nutrients such as complex amino acids, minerals, enzymes, and chlorophyll necessary for maintenance, health, and longevity. These nutrients cannot be found in sufficient levels or in a readily digestible form in most all dry-foods. In addition, many of these basic nutrients are cooked out of the dry-food during processing. Nevertheless, many veterinarians and dog food companies are teaching people to feed only dry-food (kibble). Dogs do not possess the sufficient enzymes, cellulase to digest cellulose (vegetation). Wild dogs including wolves depend on fresh kills to provide them with these required nutrients. Wild and feral dogs will capture small prey such as rabbits and squirrels to satisfy their need for these complex nutrients, which are not readily available in kibble.
Dogs were domesticated approximately ten thousand years ago. From this time, domesticated dogs have lived off the scraps provided by their human masters. Dogs have thrived by sharing food from our tables containing cooked vegetables milk products such as yogurt and cheeses, and raw and cooked meat scraps, and cooked vegetables. Kibble has only been around since the turn of the twentieth century. Until the last seventy years, kibble was not readily available or utilized in this country. Most people outside cities fed only leftovers to their dogs. Consequently, dogs fed table scraps from their owner's tables had superior longevity and vigor compared to our modern day dogs that eat diets consisting mainly of dry-food as regularly recommended by veterinarians. Too often dogs suffer from allergies, seizures, diverse health problems, etc., which possibly could be avoided by feeding a proper diet.
How long would you thrive or even survive on a kibble only diet? The human digestive system is much more efficient than those of dogs, but intuitively we know that our health would suffer if we consumed a kibble only diet. Why then do we believe a kibble only diet is acceptable for our dogs' nutritional requirements?
We feed our puppies and adults the same diet throughout life. Once weaned puppies become lactose intolerant and can no longer digest milk products other than cottage cheese, certain cheeses, and yogurt. Puppies grow fast and require calcium and other minerals to grow correctly and avoid joint problems later in life. We meet these requirements by adding yogurt and our total vitamin supplement to their diet. Our Pure Total Vitamin Supplement contains diatomaceous earth, brewers yeast, active yeast enzymes, vitamins b complexes, E, and C, kelp, flax seed meal, chicken liver powder, brewers yeast, selenimum, complex amino acids, Omega oils, and fishmeal.