What to feed your Aussie
Learn the correct foods for dogs to eat is the best way to help your new companion live a long and healthy lifetime.
Give the best you can give, and get the best years of your life in return.
Biologically Appropriate Food
When considering any dog food for your Aussie, you have to think biologically appropriate. This term simply refers to choosing a manufactured food that is as similar as possible to the natural diet of dogs as they orginally evolved in the wild.
While the appearance of different dog breeds varies greatly, dogs today are almost genetically identical to what they were 40,000 years ago. Having developed as pack hunters who had to work together to chase, bring down, and consume prey much larger than themselves, their bodies are adapted to processing a diet that is high in protein, moderate in fact, and extremely low in carbohydrates.
This means that any animal products that you feed your Aussie should be processed as little as possible in order to emulate the natural state of a predator’s world.
First and Foremost, Remember that your Aussie is a Carnivore
Unlike animals such as bears, pigs, marsupials, and humans, dogs evolved as hunters. Their digestive systems are exceptionally aciditc (often as high as 1 or even 2 pH) and shorter than those of herbivores and omnivores. This is because dogs have evolved to quickly break down protein from animal matter.
Dogs are also adapted to rapidly break down fat. Whereas we humans gain energy from the glucose produced by carbohydrate intake, dogs actually suffer from lactic acid buildup. This doesn’t mean that your Aussie can’t handle carbs at all. To a certain extent, carbohydrates are present in all animals. The difference is the type of carbohydrates and their respective concentration.
The amount of carbs in a piece of meal is minuscule compared to that in a bowl of cereal or a piece of bread. Cereals contain high-glycemic carbohydrates which predators cannot easily or quickly address.
Excessive carbs will strain on a dog’s pancreas.
This is because carbs must be broken down by a special enzyme known as amalyze. This enzyme is produced by the pancreas in all animals. In herbivores and omnivores (like us), this enzyme is also produced in the saliva to take some of the work off the pancreas. However, carnivores such as dogs and cats do not produce amalyze in their saliva.
In order to break down carbohydrates into energy, a dog’s pancreas has to do all the work by itself. This means that if you feed your Aussie standard dog food that you buy off the shelf, you can be putting a severe strain on this vital organ over a long period of time.
Cheaper, commercial dog foods that you buy in grocery stores can contain as much as 50% carbohydrates! This is because the manufacturers of these foods save money on costs by mixing cereal grains with highly processed animal product.
Foods like this, though cheap for the consumer, will cost your Aussie a high toll in overall health and longevity if consistently ingested.
Staying Close to Nature Keeps your Aussie Close to You for Years to Come
We recommend that you choose a food that is rich in protein and moderately high in essential animal fats. Avoid foods made from grains and choose products that contain a small amount of fruits, vegetables, and botanical equivalent to what a dog’s ancestor’s consumed in the ancient past.
Invest in the best diet for your Aussie companion, and receive a return in longevity, vitality, and years of absolute fun.