The following question was posted on yet another discussion list that I formerly subscribed to. My answer was rejected without an explanation and I was promptly banned from the list. In protest, and so that I can delude myself into thinking that my time wasn’t wasted and that someone actually might read it and benefit from it, I’m posting it here. If anyone had shared this information with me when I was learning how to properly feed my dog, I’d have done back flips to show my appreciation. Yet apparently valuable information is not a desirable commodity to some people. Amazingly, this list is entirely populated by people who raw feed their animals. Btw raw food diets are affordable and I have not recommended this feeding model in the past precisely because, true to nature as it is, it nevertheless seems to strike a negative emotional chord with dog owners. People love to *think* they are feeding their animals according to natural laws, but emotional feeding (including resistance to fasting as a regular part of the dog’s life) is NOT natural.
Question: I am planning a road trip and am wondering about keeping my dogs on a raw diet while away from home for about 10 days. What can the people on this list recommend?
Answer: Road trips are a great opportunity to fast dogs that don’t normally get enough digestive rest. Mogens Eliasen’s book, which attempts to apply what has been learned from wolf field observations to the feeding of domestic dogs, states that dogs are so well adapted to the feast and fast cycle that this is what they require to be ultimately healthy. The folded surface of the canine stomach has glands which produce and secrete digestive fluids. When the stomach is fully stretched out after a large feeding, all of these glands are activated and digestion is optimized. If the stomach is not fully expanded, digestion can be compromised..