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Raw Food Diet For Dogs-What Foods To Avoid?

Updated by Sheryl on Aug 13, 2021

Have you ever wondered about what do dogs eat before they get domesticated? In the wild, they used to feed on raw meaty bones and vegetable scraps. By considering this concept, the use of raw food diet consisting of raw meat, fruits, and veggies is gaining popularity among pet owners. Even most popular pet shops have stocks of commercially prepared raw food.

But the major concerns of pet owners are about the risks of raw diets. It spreads controversy. Several studies support raw feedings. At the same time, you can’t ignore the strong opinions against raw dog food. If you see both sides of the argument, it’s too hard to find the right thing for your pet.

happy dog with raw food

Is raw meat good for dogs? What are the benefits and risks of feeding raw food to your dog?

Let’s cover all of these concerns in this post. Want your puppy to stay happy and healthy? Read on till the end to explore the benefits and concerns of raw feedings for your pet.

Raw food for dogs mainly consists of meat (whole or ground), muscle meat with bones, organ meat (liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas, spleen), vegetables (broccoli, carrot, spinach, celery, etc.), fruits (apple, pineapple, banana), raw eggs, yogurt, etc.

A well-balanced diet is critical for the overall health of your canine companion. No doubt, fresh food prepared according to safety guidelines can do wonders for your pet’s health. The supporters of raw dog food have enlisted these potential benefits. Have a look to know more.

  • Increased energy level
  • Makes the coat shiny
  • Improves breath
  • Better Eyesight
  • Healthy and clean teeth
  • Smaller stool

Some vets consider raw diet unsafe for your pet friend. Let’s learn the possible risks of feeding raw meat to your dog.

  • According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pet owners should avoid feeding raw meat to their pets because it may be contaminated with various harmful pathogens. Your cats and dogs can be at risk of developing serious digestive issues.
  • The bacteria in the raw meat can spread diseases to humans through dog's feces. Also, it can be a threat to your other family members, such as young kids and older people with compromised immune systems.
  • the dog eats the meat

  • If you keep feeding raw meat to your doggy for a longer period, an unbalanced diet can damage its health.
  • Your canine friend is at risk of choking the whole bones. It may result in broken teeth and internal punctures.
  • Preparing dog raw food at home requires a lot of meticulous care during its handling and sanitation.
  • The raw diet is not suitable for dogs with cancer and pancreatitis. Plus, it is advisable to offer a cooked diet to puppies.

What Foods Should You Avoid to Feed Your Dogs?

Here’s the list of food that you should avoid feeding your dogs.

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Shallots
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Avocado
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Fruit rinds
  • Pits and seeds of fruits
  • Macadamia nuts

Raw dog food can be prepared at home or store-bought. Now you can see commercially prepared raw dog food at almost all grocery stores. It consists of a blend of grains, vitamins, and vegetables, mixed with raw meat. Homemade raw food is not only costly but also space and time-demanding. However, if you want to prepare your dog food at home, make sure to follow the recipes followed by a veterinary nutritionist.

All the argument doesn’t mean that you should completely avoid a raw dog diet. Consider these points before switching to any pet diet.

  • Check the activity level of your dog. If you own a working or a service dog, it will have different calorie requirements than a household pet.
  • Puppies and adults have different nutritional requirements. Similarly, larger breeds and smaller breeds need different calories.
  • Some dogs have food-borne allergies. They may be allergic to a specific protein present in corn, wheat, eggs, milk, or soy.
  • If you have decided to switch on the raw diet, make sure you have enough time for cooking and buying fresh food items for your dog.

preparing boiled egg for the dog

Love your furry friend?? Probably, you are scared of making a change. Let’s kill your fears. Firstly, consult your vet and talk to him about the concerns of raw feedings on your doggy. After your vet recommends it and you are satisfied with it, let’s start.

Before then, jump in to understand the energy requirements of your dog. Your dog requires three essential macronutrients, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, as an energy source.

  • Proteins: These are the building blocks of tissues and organs. Plus, they make enzymes to carry out several metabolic processes.
  • Fats: Calculated amounts of fats are crucial for the health of your dog. Protein and fat deficiency can be fatal for your dog. In addition to protecting your dog's cells, fats make hormones and fat-soluble vitamins. Make sure to add 10 to 20% of fats to your dog's diet. More than 20% of fats will result in nutritional imbalance. Less than 20% of it will cause fat deficiency within your pet’s body. The main signs of fat deficiency are dry, itchy skin.
  • Carbohydrates: Carbs are not as essential as fats and proteins. Still, these are important to improve immunity in your dogs.

Bones: Bone is the best source of calcium and minerals for your furry friend. Besides calcium, it contains phosphorus and 65 % of trace minerals such as magnesium and zinc. You can select meaty bones of chicken, duck, turkey, pork, lamb, rabbit, beef.

Raw Fruits: Raw fruits are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, micronutrients, and fiber. But you can’t feed all to your pet. The fruits suitable for dogs are apples, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pears, peaches, mangoes, watermelon, blackberries, cantaloupe.

Make sure to cut the fruits into small pieces to avoid choking hazards.

Raw Vegetables: Adding raw veggies to your dog’s diet will help him to boost immunity. Your dog can eat leafy greens, celery, broccoli, green beans, peas, brussels sprouts.

Make sure to steam or boil other veggies that are not safe while eating raw.

Raw Eggs: Raw eggs are not recommended for dogs since they contain salmonella. However, you can add boiled or scrambled eggs to your dog’s diet.

the dog eats the raw food

Milk: Milk-based products can trigger food allergies in dogs. So, avoid these products. 

1. Do vets recommend raw food diet for dogs?

Vet don’t recommend raw food diet for dogs because it contains bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal disturbances. Any type of raw meat, whether it is commercially prepared, contains pathogens. Even if your dog does not respond to a raw diet, you and your kids are at risk due to bacteria present in the mouth and feces of your dog.

2. How much raw food should I feed my dog?

You can feed around 2 to 4 % of the bodyweight of your dog. Divide the daily meal into two portions and offer in the morning and evening.

3. Do dogs poop less on a raw diet?

All the nutrients of the raw diet are absorbed in the intestine of the dogs. Therefore, they pass small fecal matter.

4. Can I feed my dog just a raw diet?

Yes, you can. But feeding raw food for longer periods will not provide complete and balanced nutrition to your dog.

You can give raw food diet only if your pet has no health issues. Commercially made raw foods are good, but if your doggy faces any health issues due to diet change, consult your vet as soon as possible. Also, consult your vet nutritionist and follow his recipes if you want to prepare raw food at home. Make sure to add the balanced ingredient to provide complete nutrition to your pet.

Never compromise or experiment with your pet. Before starting any diet, try to investigate the food allergies of your dog.
Sheryl is an editor from iPetor, owns extensive pet care experience. As a professional writer, she can provide useful pet care tips for all "parents".
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