How Dogs and Wolves Differ: Eating Raw

21 July, 2014

           

One of the great things about working from home is that I can listen to Minnesota Public Radio all day long!

On Thursday, July 17, the Daily Circuit show hosted two researchers, Peggy Callahan of Minnesota's own Wildlife Science Center and Brian Hare in the department of Evolutionary Anthropology & Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, co-author of "The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think".

For us high-quality raw-feeding advocates, here are a few tidbits from their interesting discussion:

  • Dogs can eat raw, but unlike wolves they cannot eat rotting meat.
    • From the article, "Dogs don't tolerate post-mortem bacteria as well as wolves, said Peggy Callahan, founder and executive director of the Wildlife Science Center. This concerns veterinarians as dogs owners move to raw food diets. It's not the raw meat that causes problems, she said, but the storage and management of the meat."
    • This highlights the importance of feeding high-quality, raw rood made in a human food grade facility! 
  • Over the years of domestication, dogs have adapted to digest carbohydrates and grains better than wolves can.
    • This, however, in my opinion, does not mean that they should eat carbs!  Dogs had to adapt, and they ate human leftovers.  What over the ages has been cheap for humans?  Grains and carbs.  Meat was not "wasted" and given to animals.  Meat was eaten, not very often, and savored by the humans in the household.
    • So, as we, now, can do better.  We have seen the amazing transformations of our pets as they eat our raw food diet.   We know we feel better when we eat better.  And now, we can do better for our animals, unlike pet owners in the past.

I encourage you to check out the website - and see the adorable video of a wolf pup in the MPR.org offices!

Kristen

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