Raw Dog Food Diet-What Is It?

Raw Dog Food Diet-What Is It?

Raw feeding has seen a surge in popularity over the last number of years. Less processed and more natural, raw dog food diets have also been linked to several health benefits, such as a shinier coat and healthier skin. But what exactly is a raw diet, and is it suitable for your dog?

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what raw feeding is, the benefits, and how to know if it’s the best diet for your four legged friend.

What is Raw Feeding?

A raw dog food diet is usually made up of organ and muscle meats, whole or ground bone, eggs, vegetables such as spinach, celery and broccoli, fruits such as apples and dairy products such as yogurt. Racing greyhounds and sled dogs have been known to thrive on raw food diets, with Australian vet Ian Billinghurst advocating that domesticated dogs can also flourish under a raw feeding diet.

Before making any changes or modifications to your dog’s diet, it is essential you consult with your veterinarian. Not every dog will benefit from a raw diet, but those who suffer from allergies, weight issues, and digestive problems, may find the help they need in a raw feed.

raw meat and vegetables next to dog kibble
german shepherd dog waiting to be fed raw meat and fruit

What are the benefits of a raw dog food diet?

The increase in high quality protein in the raw meats and vegetables leads to certain benefits, like…

  • Better coat condition
  • More energy
  • Healthier teeth and fresher breath
  • Healthier skin
  • Smaller stools and less waste
  • Reduced body odour

What are the risks of a raw dog food diet?

  • Threat of not receiving adequate calcium and phosphorous, essential to bones
  • Unbalanced diet, which can damage health
  • Vitamin A toxicity from too much liver
  • Risk to human health due to handling of raw meat
  • Threat of whole bones to cause choking, break teeth or cause an internal puncture

Should I Switch to Raw Food?

If you decide you would like to try out a raw diet for your dog, it is very important to consult with your vet before introducing new foods, who can guide and advice you on a raw food diet. Not every dog will adapt to a raw diet, and this can come down to age, breed, and previous diet.

Your dog’s stomach is conditioned to dry food, so a sudden switch can cause a lot of upset. Raw dog food must be introduced gradually and slowly over time; start with a product you know your dog will enjoy, usually something chicken or beef-based. Introduce small bits at a time, and avoid feeding large lumps.

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