The only scientific discipline that says dogs are omnivores is the veteranary community which is strongly influenced by the pet food industry. It's necessary for the pet food industry to convince us that dogs are omnivores in order for them to sell us their grain based and almost meatless kibbles.Can anyone give me a site (unbiased) that says that dogs are carnivores?
This is contrary to everything I have ever read.
Biologists, zoologists, other animal scientists all say dogs are carnivores. The Smithsonian Institute says dogs are carnivores.
There are physical charateristics that make an animal a carnivore or omnivore.
1. Carnivores have large mouths as they eat other animals. Omnivores/herbivores have smaller mouths. Dogs have large mouths.
2. Omnivores have flat teeth in the back of their mouths. This is used to crush and mash plant material. All plant material has each cell coated with cellulose. You much mash and crush this shell to extract nutrients from the plant. Humans have these flat teeth. Carnivores don't have flat teeth. They can't get through the cellulose to get to the nutrients. Carnivore teeth are designed to kill prey(front teeth) and to rip and tear meat and crush bones(back teeth). Dogs do not have flat teeth.
3. When omnivores/herbivores chew, they move their lower jaw not only up and down but also sideways in order to crush the cellulose. Carnivores don't have the ability to move their lower jaw from side to side. Only up and down. Dogs do not have the ability to move their lower jaw from side to side.
4. Omnivores/herbivores hae an enzyme called amylaze in their salava and stomach juices. Amylaze is used to digest plant material and digestion begins in the mouth for these animals. Carnivores don't have amylaze in their salava or stomach. They don't make the enzymes necessary for digesting plant material.
5. I don't know how to explain it with words but there is a difference in the way the lower jaw is hinged in omnivores/herbivores and carnivores. Dogs jaws are hinged the same way all other carnivores are hinged.
6. Carnivores have very acidic stomach juices to kill bacteria on meats and to digest bones. Omnivores/herbivores have much less acidic stomach juices. Dog's stomach juices are VERY acidic.
7. Omnivores/herbivores have relatively long intestinal tracts. Carbs must ferment in the gut for a long time during digestion. Carnivores being meat eaters have a very short intestinal tract in order to get the meat through the body quickly before it rots. With thier short intestinal tract they are not able to have carbs in the intestines long enough to digest.
So there you have your biology lesson in a nutshell. There is no arguing the fact that dogs are carnivores. They have all the physical characteristics of a carnivore and none of the omnivores characteristics.
You are right. Meat only is not everything a dog needs. He also need bones and organs. Everything a dog need nutritionly comes from the body of a prey animal. There are no nutrients in any fruit or veggie or grain that is no in the meat, bones, and organs of the prey animals that eat them.About maybe 20 years ago (I am dating myself) a company came out with an all meat food and dogs started getting sick and it was taken off the market.
I can't think of any respected source in dog nutrition who would say to feed meat only so if someone has a source please let me know.
Check out this web page http://rawfed.com/myths/omnivores.html as well as http://rawfed.com/myths/stomachcontents.html
You also might want to check out the whole list of raw feeding myths on this page http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html
So then I turn your question back on you. Forget what others tell you. Use your own powers of logic and reason. What is there physically about a dog that makes you think he is an omnivore?