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.
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.
Some vets consider raw diet unsafe for your pet friend. Let’s learn the possible risks of feeding raw meat to your dog.
Here’s the list of food that you should avoid feeding your dogs.
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.
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.
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.
Milk: Milk-based products can trigger food allergies in dogs. So, avoid these products.
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.
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.
All the nutrients of the raw diet are absorbed in the intestine of the dogs. Therefore, they pass small fecal matter.
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.