Vet Richard Allport of the Natural Medicine Centre in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, and the Bayswater Referral Centre in London, said: "Dogs with skin, digestive tract and bowel problems - often overweight too - are very frequent visitors to my two surgeries. In around half of the cases I treat, a simple change of diet has a massively positive impact.
"Their owners may consider their dogs at one end of the scale to be garbage disposal units, or at the other end of the scale to be pampered pets. But leftovers and fine dining can be equally bad for dogs - with some breeds being particularly susceptible to poor quality or rich, fatty diets.
"Modern pet foods have only really been around for perhaps a century - but dogs digestive systems are designed to deal with eating prey and scavenging - chomping away on raw meat, bones, feathers, fur. That may seem a bit gory to some of us humans, but dogs' digestive systems haven't changed significantly through the ages - especially not to deal with the wheat and carbohydrates used in some cheaper processed pet foods. Dogs need a protein-rich diet, and their health suffers if they don't get it."
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