Breed Specific Dog Food – Is It Necessary?

Posted By Dr. Jeannie Thomason on Jul 10, 2017 |

By Carole Milligan, certified by ACAN as a Carnivore Nutrition Consultant

For a few months I have been seeing a TV commercial that states different dog breeds have different nutritional needs.

The suggestion is made that purebred dogs require special diets. I suppose that means your average mixed breed dog can just eat plain old kibble.

Don’t believe that marketing propaganda gimmick for one second!

The truth is that all dogs, regardless of breed, have identical nutritional needs. Regardless of the size of the animal or breed, dogs have:
The same carnivore teeth,
The same digestive system,
The same bone structure,
And the same internal digestive processes.

It doesn’t matter, as commercial dog food companies would have you believe, that because different breeds have different coats, different body shapes, different activity levels and perform different tasks, that they therefore need a breed-specific diet.

This claim gets even more ridiculous when you look at the ingredients in breed-specific dog foods, and realize that the ingredients are the same, but listed in differing order. In addition, the ingredients differ from country to country. Is a Labrador Retriever in the UK different from a Labrador Retriever in the U.S.?

No, it’s not. So why then do the ingredients change from one country to another?

The truth is simple. There is no need for specific food formulas for different breeds of dogs, no matter where they live. A raw prey-model diet will provide the right nutrition for your dog. A raw diet will give your dog the amino acids from proteins, the fatty acids from fats, the glucose needed for energy and the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health.

An informed consumer is an aware consumer. Do the best thing for your carnivore pet and disregard the marketing hype in dog food breed-specific advertisements. Instead, provide a raw prey-model diet with the meat, bones and organs that will give your pet the nutrition and building blocks for health and wellness.

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Carole Milligan is certified by ACAN as a Carnivore Nutrition Consultant. She no longer provides consultations, but writes occasionally on carnivore nutrition and has edited books on animal nutrition.

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