Feeding Your Dog a Raw Food Diet

November 10, 2009  
Filed under Dog Food Tips

EnsRaw Fed Dog Fooduring that your dog receives proper nutrition is one of the largest responsibilities you have as a pet owner. When choosing the right type of food for your dog, you are likely to encounter a lot of conflicting information about which type of diet is “best” for your pet. Feeding dogs on a “raw food” diet has recently been increasing in popularity, since many people attest to its positive health benefits for dogs. Here is some information that will allow you to become more familiar with the concept of raw feeding, and help you to decide if a raw diet is the best choice for your dog.

WHAT IS RAW FEEDING?

Feeding your dog a raw food diet involves using only natural, uncooked, unprocessed ingredients in your dogs food. Naturally, this involves a significant amount of preparation, as well as research about the types of ingredients that need to be included in a dogs diet. Raw feeding is based on the idea that domesticated dogs will thrive if given a diet that more closely mimics the diet of dogs in the wild. Due to the inferior quality of many commercial dog food formulas, more people are opting to take direct control over their dogs nutritional intake by starting a raw food diet.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A RAW FOOD DIET?

Feeding your dog a raw food diet means that your dog will not be consuming the artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives and filler ingredients contained in many commercial dog food formulas. In addition to this, if you do a bit of research, you will be able to provide your dog with a diet that is more nutritionally complete than provided by processed dog food formulas. In essence, you will be able to have direct control over your dog’s diet by providing only unprocessed, natural raw ingredients.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RISKS WITH A RAW FOOD DIET?

The most common risk factor cited in raw feeding is improper selection of ingredients. If you choose to use low-quality raw meat, for example, your dog has a risk of ingesting harmful bacteria that lives in some types of raw meat. To prevent this, it’s essential that you are extremely careful when choosing the ingredients for your raw food diet. In addition to this, you have to be careful that the ingredients of your dog’s raw diet satisfy your dog’s nutritional requirements.

HOW MUCH DOES A RAW DIET COST?

By the estimation of many dog owners, feeding your dog a raw diet does not cost significantly more than feeding your dog a mid to high grade commercial dog food formula. However, it is essential that you not exclude certain ingredients from your dog’s raw food diet because of their cost. If you follow a formula for satisfying your dog’s nutritional needs, it’s best that you do not skimp on the ingredients. If you follow these guidelines when feeding your dog a raw food diet, you will be able to provide a highly nutritious diet for your dog.

Please share your experience and thoughts on a raw dog food diet.  Have you ever fed your dog a raw food diet?  Would you ever consider it?

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7 Responses to “Feeding Your Dog a Raw Food Diet”
  1. Couldn’t agree more, you touched on a lot of the common misconceptions of raw diet and really, I think it’s the only way to go! Cannot stress enough getting high quality ingredients, it’s like us eating McDonald’s fries everyday OR a nice healthy salad. If you love your dog, feed them a strong diet and it’ll keep them around longer!

  2. Rawfeederr says:

    Raw feeding actually doesn’t take that much prep time if you know what you’re doing.

    That aside, this article on raw was great! My dog, after one year of raw, isn’t just surviving.. he’s THRIVING!

    You are right, raw feeding is very low cost… much cheaper than high quality kibble, if you know where to get your meat!

    I’m off to go feed my dog some chicken legs right this very moment, and I’m going to shoot a video of him eating & post it on YouTube! =)

  3. marian says:

    i like to feed orijen but my pups keep getting the poops..help

  4. jon doe says:

    fresh road kill is great. I keep a bucket, knife and saw in my are at all times. I’ve got a freezer and refrigerator dedicated to him.

    I adopted a 10yo rotti…. old, stiff, weak back end… took him off “Quality” kibble and went “BARF” and he’s doing great.

    he’s lost 10lbs over winter and has so much more spring in his step, it is amazing. and clean? his farts, breath, poop hardly stink at all now… and way less poop…

    and I can usually find meat at $1.00 per lb… and feed 2.5% body weight to help him trim up. my cost is less than $20/wk.

  5. You state: “it is essential that you not exclude certain ingredients from your dog’s raw food diet because of their cost. If you follow a formula for satisfying your dog’s nutritional needs, it’s best that you do not skimp on the ingredients.” However, you do not outline all the ingredients for a well balance raw food diet. This article was frustrating to say the least.

  6. Brad2do says:

    Raw Dog Food

    if in Wisconsin, you can get raw dog food at U W Provision Company in Middleton.
    608-662-0669

  7. Mark says:

    Raw food is definitely the way to go as the best choice for a healthy dog, cat or ferret for that matter.

    For those looking for home made recipes Dr. Karen Baker from Mercola Healthy Pets has a raw recipe book.

    Likewise there are many pre-made frozen commercial diets available at specialty pet stores. In the US and Canada you can commonly find Nature’s Variety, some Canadian brands include Urban Carnivore and Arusha. Availability of various brands can depend on where you live in proximity to various manufacturers.

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