Have you heard of giving your dog a raw foods diet? It is a trend that is rising in which you feed your dog raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables. Our dogs have always received store-bought dog food with table scrapes, but never raw. I did some research on the raw foods diet to consider for our dog, Roxy.
People go for the raw foods diet for many reasons including shinier coats, improved digestion, healthier skin and coat, reduced allergy symptoms, better weight management, cleaner teeth, higher energy levels, and smaller stools.
What is a Raw Foods Diet for Dogs?
A raw foods diet for dogs includes feeding your dog raw foods like muscle meat on the bone, livers, kidneys, raw eggs, along with vegetables, fruit, and even some dairy.
There are risks with the raw dog food diet including health threats from bacteria in raw meat, an unbalanced diet, and potential of choking on bones or breaking teeth from bones. Not to mention the time involved in preparing meals for your dog multiple times daily.
For those that do not want to feed their dogs commercial store-bought dog food but fear the risks of the raw dog food diet, there are more options. The American College of Veterinary Nutrition advises a homemade diet of cooked foods. You can even add supplements to avoid the risk of an unbalanced diet.
The raw dog food diet is not appropriate for all dogs. Before changing your dogs’ diet or adding supplements, contact your veterinarian.
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