Dog's Digestive System

A dog’s mouth

A dog’s jaws and teeth are designed differently than yours or mine. A humans jaw can move up, down and side to side. Our teeth have some pointed teeth for cutting and flat molars for grinding. In contest a dog’s jaw moves up and down and has pointed teeth for grabbing and pointed molars for crushing bone.

A humans saliva is full of enzymes to start the digestion process. Human saliva breaks down carbohydrates to sugars. A dog’s saliva functions primarily as a lubricant.

A dog’s stomach

A common concern when feeding raw meat is bacterial contamination that might make your dog sick. As stated early a dog’s stomach produces very strong acids with a ph of 1. This low ph prevents bacteria from becoming pathogenic. The low ph and a dog’s very short digestive tract make the perfect combination for digesting raw meat and bones, even if they are contaminated with bacteria. A meat and bones diet also passes through a dog’s digestive tract rapidly, in about 8 hours.

A dog’s intestines

A healthy dog’s intestines have naturally occurring populations of microbes. These microbes living inside your dog’s intestines are beneficial to your dog and function well when in balance. I like to think of them as an efficient little farm where everyone is working hard and none is causing trouble. However, there are times when the balance is disturbed by outside stress or viral infection. A microbe imbalance can also be promoted by feeding a dog improperly. An over growth of the yeast candida is brought about by improper feeding.

Candida yeast live inside a dog’s system in small populations. They are kept in check by other microbes and the overall environment inside your dog’s intestines be a little hostile the the yeast. A dramatic shift happens when dog’s are fed high carbohydrate content dog foods. The high carbohydrates supply the candida yeast with lots of food (sugar) so they multiply into huge colonies. The high carbohydrate content of dog food also changes the environment inside your dog’s system to one that is friendly to the candida yeast. The friendly environment allows the candida yeast to multiply even more. At this point the candida yeast turn pathogenic and start migrating through out your dog’s entire system and cause your dog to have a yeast infection.

Yeast infections in dogs

Chronic ear infections, paw licking, red skin and foul odor are some symptoms of a candida yeast infection. There are medications that can treat yeast infections but they are temporary fixes. To cure a yeast infection you must get to the root cause and that is diet. Dog’s fed raw meat and bones with added supplements will not have yeast infections. How is this possible? Yeast need sugars to feed and the sugars are supplied through the carbohydrates. Raw meat diets have low sugar content and in turn starve out the yeast. The raw meat dog food also creates an environment inside your dog’s system that is hostile to the candida yeast and this makes it hard for the candida yeast to live.

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