HappyPuppy wrote:For the record - raw veggies go right thru - my Ruby poops obvious carrot bits. If you are after nutritional benefits and just not 'cheap snacks', you have to cook them in order to break down their cell walls since dogs don't digest cellulose.
It is important to understand the difference in nutritional availability and nutritional absorption. The food labels provided by the Pet Food Manufacturers refer to what goes in the mouth, not the difference between what goes in and what comes out. Therefore a label may "show" nutritionally appropriate ratios, but when the difference between In and Out are compared, the result will show a different story.
A great example of this is fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K...just remember to stack A DEK in your favor.) which require a fat transport system. If you don't feed your cooked carrots with a little fat, all that great Vit A goes to waste out the other end. The current fear of fats (which started in the 70s), means the pet food companies have subtracted fats to try to convince the Fat phobic public that their products are healthy.
Now look around at your Vegan friends. (I'm not being mean, I was a vegetarian for 30 years.) How many of them have:
dark circles under their eyes (relates to Mg and K),
problems with anxiety/paranoia (Vit D and A),
and low sex drives (Vit D)?
It is REALLY tough to have a healthy diet with good fats on a purely vegetable diet, despite what pet food companies might tell you.
PS I worked at the San Diego Zoo for a while measuring what came out of exotic species for monitoring fertility...