Dogs have evolved as predators and scavengers, and food has not always been readily available.  Their stomach has an immense capacity to stretch, allowing them to gorge when food is available and fast when it is not, and in fact this gorge and fast rhythm promotes optimal health.

Digestion is a massive task which uses up to 80% of the body’s stored energy.  Certain foods, especially some cooked foods and combinations of foods (such as starchy carbohydrate combined with protein ie dry foods!) are more energy depleting due to the complexity of the digestive task.

By feeding your pets raw foods in simple combinations, and incorporating skipped meals and/or fast days, you will ensure more energy is available for important tasks such as cleansing, detoxification and repair.

Ideally most adult dogs who have completed their growth phase should be fed once daily as this allows adequate time for digestion to be completed and also ensures there is energy available for detoxification and cleansing between feeds.  An animal fed a natural diet that includes regular cleansing and fasting periods is less prone to a number of common ailments, including ear infections, skin problems, yeast infections, bladder issues, joint disease, dental disease, and cancer.

The benefits of intermittent fasting are immense. It has been proven to reduce oxidative stress, slow ageing, reduce cancer risk, and prolong longevity. Pets that are constantly fed small meals and snacks are more prone to a number of diet-related diseases including obesity, diabetes, arthritis, fatty liver, pancreatitis, arthritis, gut disorders, skin rashes, ear infections, bladder issues… the list goes on.  When you are constantly putting calories into a system without enough exercise to burn them up, or adequate rest time between feeds to enable complete digestion and elimination, symptoms will manifest, simply as a result of the body needing to do something to get rid of the excess matter.

The diet rotation I recommend for adult dogs includes regular fast days and low-calorie meal days (which act as mini-fast days) enabling you to feed your pet on a regular schedule without constantly burdening them with calories in excess of their needs.  The inclusion of regular low-calorie food days in a dietary rotation has been proven to have immense benefits, including extended life span, reduced incidence of cancer, improved immune function, reduction of inflammatory disease, and improved cognitive abilities.

We have a tendency as humans to want to share our food with our pets, feed them as often as we eat, and show them how much we love them through food – more calories equals more love.  If we shift our expression of affection instead to a healthy respect for our pet’s primal needs, then we are on track for a lifetime of perfect health and vitality. Rather than seeing food as a means of showing our pets love, instead consider that keeping them in their fittest, healthiest condition is the best way of showing them how much you care.