Do you have a Belgian Malinois, if you do it’s a good idea to know how to feed your Fur-Baby. On top of being a very smart and courageous, the Malinois is also a highly nutritional dog, because of its high requirements in protein. The quality of the food you provide is crucial for the health and happiness of your dog. As well as for their coat, teeth and skin condition.
Since the different studies, purpose of which was to get an idea of how our dogs respond to a raw diet, the results vary greatly. There are also some research institutes that put these studies aside with the conclusion that it is not healthy for our dogs to eat raw meat and meat bones.
So what is the answer? What can be done about this? Don’t get confused on this topic as some people may feed their Malinois a raw diet even though other people will say it is wrong. Because in this article you will find the explanation of both sides of the argument.
- 1 What is a Raw Meat?
- 2 General Benefits of Raw Meat
- 3 Should Belgian Malinois Eat Raw Meat?
- 4 Is A Raw Meat Diet Good For My Belgian Malinois?
- 5 How To Get My Belgian Malinois Started on Raw Meat Diet?
- 6 Is It Ok To Mix A Raw Met Diet and Dry Dog Food?
- 7 Do Dogs Live Longer On A Raw Meat Diet?
- 8 What Raw Meat Should I Feed My Belgian Malinois?
- 9 Final Words on Raw Meat and Dogs
What is a Raw Meat?
A raw diet usually consists of raw meats, including cooked meats such as chicken, rabbit or duck. The meat is usually pelleted in order to prevent the disease of Salmonella or E-coli in our dogs’ intestine. In this article we will talk about a raw meat diet for dogs but you will also find some articles about other types of diets for dogs.
General Benefits of Raw Meat
Some benefits of feeding your dog raw meat:
1. Delicious Dairy Free Dog Food
So you are looking for a meaty and healthy dog food, then a raw diet is for you. Your dog can have all his favourite foods, such as liver, muscles and chicken breast, which makes it easier to make sure that he gets enough nutrients.
2. Encourage your dog to eat more of his regular dog food (cooked)
By feeding your dog a raw diet you are encouraging him to eat more of the foods he gets in his regular diet. (Cooked) The reason dogs on a raw diet often start eating more cooked food is because they actually want the taste they get from their regular dry food. Pelleted raw meats will not interest your dog in any way but cooked meat will be very appealing for your dog.
This can be a great advantage if you’re feeding dry food with many preservatives or artificial flavours included or if you have allergies to specific ingredients included in the dry food (ie: pork).
3. Meatier Dog Food
If you feed your Malinois a home cooked meal (don’t be fooled by starches! those are filler carbs not protein), just make sure that the meaty ingredients are first on the list and you have cooked it well enough.
4. Easier To Digest For Your Dog
Dogs’ teeth are designed for grinding down meat, bones and plants. If you make your own dog food with quality meats and raw vegetables/fruits (if possible), your dog can chew it better, which helps to improve his digestive system. You will be able to see the changes in your dog’s digestion if you follow a raw diet for at least 2 months.
5. Increase Energy and Vitality of Your Dog
Not all dogs need a raw diet; not everyone is made to eat a more natural diet. There are many dogs that will thrive on a regular home-cooked meal just like their ancestors did in the wild.
However, some dogs are more like their wild cousins when it comes to their eating habits, they need a more natural diet that is less processed and full of grain than they were fed in the past (especially if this was during puppyhood).
Supporting your Malinois with an excellent natural diet such as a raw meat diet can help him/her thrive even further by giving them all the energy they require along with lots of vital nutrients such as vitamins A and D which promote skin and coat health and growth.
Should Belgian Malinois Eat Raw Meat?
Should Malinois eat raw meat? Yes, there are many advantages to feeding your dog a high quality raw meat diet. The following points will support this argument:
1. Raw meat is natural to dogs and can satisfy their natural instincts to hunt and prey on wild game.
2. Red meat is much more complete than it’s cooked counterpart. Dogs evolved eating all parts of the prey animals they hunted; including organs that cooked meats have but raw meats do not have. A raw diet will fulfill your dog’s nutritional requirements in the most complete way possible.
3. Proteins in raw meats are more whole-food-based than their cooked counterparts and contain less additives, preservatives, fillers and sugars that can contribute to digestive issues such as chronic diarrhea and vomiting, frequently seen in dogs fed commercial kibble diets.
4. If you are contemplating a raw meat diet for your malinois, the best quality meats are wild game (such as venison, bison, elk or moose) or any type of game he/she has hunted and killed (pheasant, quail, grouse). Some dogs can tolerate freshwater fish; however they need to be reputable brands that do not contain mercury content in their meat.
5. Raw meat is a balanced diet that is much easier to digest than manufactured kibble foods. This can save many dogs a lot of unnecessary suffering and stress if they suffer from digestive issues such as gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea or chronic constipation.
6. Raw meat diets are calorie dense, meaning they do not require the daily serving sizes most puppies require; thus giving you more time to train your dog and have fun playing with him/her.
Is A Raw Meat Diet Good For My Belgian Malinois?
Feeding a raw meat-based diet is an excellent choice for Belgian Malinois puppies and dogs of all ages. This is because a raw meat diet can provide many benefits to your pet’s health.
A raw meat diet not only supplies your dog with essential nutrients, enzymes and vitamins (for healthy hair and skin), but it also satisfies some of his/her natural instincts such as hunting and being a predator. In order for a raw food diet to be successful for our Malinois, it must be the best quality that you can buy; this includes fresh meats, organs, bones and vegetables.
How To Get My Belgian Malinois Started on Raw Meat Diet?
Now that you know how important it is to provide your Malinois with the best quality raw meat, it’s time to start planning how you are going to do that.
Step 1. Find Fresh Meat
If you do not have access to farm-raised game, you can buy quality meats that are in season and as locally sourced as possible.
Step 2. Organize Your Kitchen
Give your kitchen a good scrub. Put up all the items that you used to feed your pet before he/she went on the raw food diet and put them away.
Step 3. Organize Your Raw Food Storage Area
If you are preparing in bulk, prepare the meat for storage first; then make sure the food containers are airtight and free from pests crawling around on them.
Step 4. Prepare The Recipes
This is where I let you know how easy it is to prepare meat-based raw meals for our Malinois! When buying fresh meat, always choose those that have no added hormones or antibiotics (such as hormonally raised meats, meats with growth hormones and antibiotics). Some meats are best if they are leaner while others are better if they contain more fats and oils (like venison), so you will have to experiment a bit with different recipes until you find out what your dog’s taste buds prefer. Every Malinois is different, so you might have to make a few tweaks here and there.
Freezing raw meat is not recommended for our Malinois (even if the recipe says it works well), because freezing can damage the enzymes and vitamins that help store up your pet’s nutrients.
Preparing raw meat helps to decrease the risk of food-borne illness in your pet by making sure that only healthy and organically grown meats are fed. Raw meats are also easier to digest than cooked meats, because they contain more enzymes, which break down proteins into smaller pieces that dogs and cats can easily digest.
Is It Ok To Mix A Raw Met Diet and Dry Dog Food?
Many of us have a hard time choosing between the two. Since it is not recommended to give raw foods in combination with dry dog food, we have to make a choice; is it ok to mix them together? It’s true that raw meat and dry dog food have some similarities in that they have proteins, fats and carbohydrates but also some differences.
On the one hand, both are whole food diets. However, there are a few differences. Natural meat contains higher amounts of protein than kibble pet foods. In fact, human athletes undergoing intense training require 2-5 grams of protein per kilogram body weight daily for optimal results, so this may prove to be an issue for dogs on a raw meat diet.
In addition to the higher protein content straight from natural meats, natural foods do contain more fat but hardly any carbohydrates at all compared with kibbled canned or oven cooked meals (this can also be seen when comparing amino acid composition). Dry dog food has less fat than fresh meats as well as no carbohydrates; however it does contain high levels of protein (much higher than natural meats) and some fats (remember that dry dog foods are made from grains, potatoes and vegetables).
However, the greatest difference between the raw and dry dog food diets is the presence of harmful bacteria in kibble pet foods. The deadly E. coli and salmonella bacteria can be easily found in commercial dog food as well as in raw meats. Due to these dangerous pathogens being present within commercial pet foods, we feel that it is better to keep your pet’s diet raw rather than risk going through these health issues.
Do Dogs Live Longer On A Raw Meat Diet?
Many people wrongly assume that dogs live longer when fed a raw meat diet than kibble pet food. However, this is not true at all. There is a common misconception that dogs live longer on a raw meat diet because they are less likely to get cancer, but this is not the case at all.
It has been proven that cancer occurs in different species of animals very similarly to humans. It doesn’t matter if you feed your dog or cat kibble or whether you give them a raw or cooked food diet; they are still likely to develop cancer.
Another reason why fallacious claims about the benefits of feeding a raw meat diet have surfaced is the fact that many owners find it convenient since they do not need to prepare their pet’s meals. This may diminish the amount of time it takes them to cook and serve their pet daily meals and so they claim it must be better for their furry friend!
It should be noted that there are also some things about preparing raw meat for your pet which pose potential risks: cooking and grinding bones can cause trauma and fractures, making them harder for your pet to break down which can slow down digestion; Also there are things like parasites which can be carried in meat even if it is cooked or frozen.
Therefore, it is important to make sure that the raw meat you are giving your pet is in a clean and hygienic state, so that these types of risks do not occur.
What Raw Meat Should I Feed My Belgian Malinois?
There are many different types of raw meat that you can feed your Belgian Malinois but in this article we will talk about “Pullets” (young roosters), because they are the best option for dogs. Pullets are smaller in size, cheaper and can be found at most supermarkets.
When considering a raw meat diet, it is essential to talk to your veterinarian on this matter. There are certain conditions which may make it dangerous for your dog if you feed them rat meat.
For example, rat meat is high in vitamin A which can be dangerous if consumed in high amounts by dogs with kidney problems as well as any type of bleeding disorder. Also some owners also get the idea that feeding their Belgian Malinois dog rat meat is an easy way to add more nutrients into their diet but then find out too late that it is not suitable for their pet and does not have very many nutritional benefits at all.
Which also leads to another reason why it is not suitable for feeding Belgian Malinois dog raw meat: their digestive system needs a high level of calories to function properly.
Not only are rat meats low in nutrients, which is something we found out when researching the matter, but the amount of calories in rat meat is also low. Which can lead to your dog developing a deficiency or malnutrition if they are not getting enough good quality food. If you see signs of malnutrition in your pet then you should seek assistance from a vet as soon as possible.
Final Words on Raw Meat and Dogs
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of what raw meat should be fed to your Belgian Malinois, as well as given you a better idea of the risks and concerns related to it.
We also hope that at least some of the information in this article was helpful to you. If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to leave us a comment below!