Dogs have evolved as carnivores, with key anatomical differences that separate them from omnivores and carnivores. ORIJEN dog food and ACANA dog food have been developed with a keen understanding of the dietary and nutritional needs of dogs, to mirror as much as possible what dogs would be eating in the wild, in their natural state.
Dogs have simple and short intestinal tracts, because unlike plants and vegetables, meat is more easily digested, so there’s no need for long intestinal tracts.
Dogs also have a very high concentration of acid in their stomach—a pH of 1, compared to humans, who have a pH of 4 or 5—which helps break down proteins.
Also of note is that dogs have a single-hinge joint and very large mouth, to swallow large chunks of meat, not crush or chew plants. They also have very sharp and short teeth for shredding meat, not flat teeth for grinding grains.
Further, the saliva of dogs does not contain the digestive enzyme amylase, used to break down carbohydrates. Dogs are adapted to break down fat and protein from meat, not plants or grains.
You see, dogs have very specific dietary needs as evolved carnivores, which is why feeding your dog ORIJEN dog food or ACANA dog food is so important; both of these foods have been specifically designed to be biologically appropriate and mirror your dog’s natural diet.