Why are fruits, vegetables, plant based oils and grains so taxing on a dog’s digestive system?
Let’s take a quick look at dogs’ digestion processes and talk about their abilities and limitations.
We’ll start at the beginning…
Saliva: Amylase is something that herbivores and omnivores have in their saliva. This enzyme helps the pancreas break down chemical bonds in sugars and starches. Because carnivores (dogs) don’t have amylase in their saliva the burden of breaking down starches and sugars is entirely up to the pancreas, thus making it work overtime.
What does pancreas burnout cause? Diabetes.
The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin. By feeding your dog plant foods you are overworking the cells of the pancreas to maximum production. Overwork these cells for too long and they will begin to shut down. Once shut down they no longer produce insulin.
The number of dogs diagnosed with diabetes has been on the rise for years and it’s no wonder. The public has been lead to believe that their carnivorous companions need fruits and vegies.
Why? Simple. Plant matter is a cheap filler for dog foods.
Jaws and Teeth: Unlike omnivores and herbivores that move their jaws and teeth in a grinding motion, dogs are only able to move their jaws in a cutting motion. Their teeth are designed to cut and slice rather than grind.
Have you ever seen a picture of a wild dog (wolf, coyote, fox) baring their teeth and thought “That dog needs his teeth cleaned!”
Of course not! They have shiny pearly whites.
Domestic dogs on the other hand are riddled with dental issues.
Gum disease and rotting teeth are so common that many vets recommend yearly cleanings.
When a dog is given a proper raw diet of meats, bones and organs, dental issues are non-existent. On the other hand, when fed a processed dog food diet or an improper diet of plant based foods (including fruits, rice, wheat and vegetables) dental issues are inevitable.
Digestive Tract: Carnivores have relatively short digestive tracts that digest food very quickly with the help of hydrochloric acid (responsible for breaking down and killing bacteria such as the kind found in decaying meats). This is unlike herbivores and omnivores whose digestive tracts take longer to break down foods for the purpose of being able to properly digest carbohydrates and plant matter.
Today many dogs suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhagic gastritis, ulcers and gastric dilatation at alarming rates. Poor diets are the clear cause.
Pancreas: The pancreas produces trypsin for breaking down protein, but does not readily produce amylase for breaking down carbohydrates, nor does it produce cellulase- essential for breaking down glucose and cellulose.
As we covered above, the pancreas is taxed by its inability to handle plant matter and in more ways than one.
With so many illnesses and diseases plaguing domestic dogs today, every dog owner should be taking a close look at why.
And you don’t have to look too hard to see that inappropriate diets are causing dogs a great deal of harm.