Whether your dog is called Zak, Lenny or Rover, he is sure to be your most faithful friend, you want your dog to be in peak condition, so you care about what he eats. because a balanced diet forms the basis for a healthier dog. But what is a balanced diet? To understand that, we need to take a step back in time. About 27,000 years back, to be precise. That’s the era in which the modern dog evolved from the wolf. Although the dog’s outward appearance now differs from that of the wolf, genetically they are almost identical. Their DNA is a 99.8% match. But is that important? It most certainly is. Dogs and wolves still have the same type of digestive system.
You can tell by their jaws. Just like wolves, dogs have a ‘scissor’ bite, they can only move their jaws up and down rather than sideways as we humans do. We chew and grind our food. Dogs and wolves tear theirs and bite off chunks which they then swallow as whole.
The wolf eats the meat, the organs, the intestines and the stomach contents of its prey. The stomach is filled with grains, vegetables and fruit. Naturally, the meat is raw. And that’s a very important detail, because your dog’s digestive system is still based on that of the wolf. Whatever man’s best friend eats, it influences his digestive and immune systems. And consequently, on his health.