Born to Be Wild

Should your dog eat more like a wolf?

Imagine a wolf, its gray fur blowing in a wintery wind, howling at the moon, sharp eyes ever alert for potential prey. In the wild, wolves move in packs, hunting large mammals like deer, moose, elk, and caribou. Sometimes they hunt alone and feast on smaller prey like rabbits, rodents, and birds.

“Wolves eat the entire animal, including the meat, hair, bone, and all the internal organs,” says wildlife research biologist and wolf expert L. David Mech, founder and vice chairman of the International Wolf Center and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. “They eat the stomachs of their prey, but shake the guts to remove the contents, and any vegetation is consumed by accident. Wolves only eat fruits and vegetables when they are starving.”

Want to read the full story? Check out the Natural Dog flipside of DOG FANCY’s February 2009 issue.

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