Kykliky: Why do people think dogs don't ever become tired of eating the same "dog food" every day for many years?
I have myself began giving my almost 6 month old puppy real food supplemented with puppy vitamins as his evening meal while continuing to give him a salmon based puppy food for his evening meal until he is a little older. I don't do this because I really care much about how it tastes to him but because almost all commercial dog foods are just old or rejected biproducts from meats and corns intended for humans. It is a fact that before such products were made around before WWII when dogs still ate normal, fresh meats and appropriate fruits and vegetables, they lived significantly longer than they do today with less health issues and deficiencies. Anyhow, now that most people think that it is completely fine and normal to give only these prepackaged foods as their dogs main meal, I came to wonder, why are there so many people who say, as with no doubt at all, that "dogs do not ever become tired of eating the same exact food, every single day of their lives like humans do". Do these people say this because it makes them feel better about being too lazy/unwilling/uncaring to ever change their dog's diet or do they really believe what they're saying? HOW can they KNOW for certain whether a dog is bored of eating the same exact thing every day when they cannot actually ask them? It is not as if this can be proved one way or another anyway, but it would make biological sense that dogs, as opportunistic feeders like humans, would naturally be against eating the same thing all the time because it will at some point or another lead to malnutrition and/or deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. There is thus no reason to believe that most dogs would be happy eating the exact same thing for the rest of their lives when this is clearly not biologically correct and would be an obvious disadvantage when living in a feral state in the past
Where I live anyhow (northern Europe) many people say that dogs used to live longer but these dogs were not given the leftover fat from meat or spoiled fruits and vegetables so that is certainly a factor as well. They weren't given just old scraps. Many of these dogs my older friends and family had lived to be about 14-17 years old, depending on breed/size and health.
Is it completely safe for dogs to eat raw meat? Of course both human and dog once ate raw meat before it was discovered that it can be cooked but both suffered from a large range of preventable diseases at that time too. I know that dogs should be a bit more resistant to salmonella poisoning but I've also read that if they get it then it can be fatal. Can they also contract worms from the raw meat? I have been cooking the meat I give my puppy as of now because I am still unsure how to do the meat exactly right and I don't want to risk making him seriously ill. Does anyone know much about this?
Answers and Views:
Answer by Ducky
I always feel bad for my dog. She has to eat the same boring dry food. She loves to get vegetables and fruit. I hope that makes up for it. I wish she wasn't allergic to protein, then I could give her more variety.
Read all the answers in the comments.
What do you think?