Is a raw food diet good for dogs?
Figuring out what to feed your dog can be a difficult journey, one that’s often rushed so not to mess around with their diet and digestive system too much, especially if they’re young. While looking for your dog’s perfect meal you might come across a raw food diet, especially with its sudden growth in popularity.
What is a raw food diet for dogs?
The basic idea of a raw dog food diet is feeding them what their ancestors, the wolf, would have eaten as it’s what their bodies, and their teeth, are built for. So, a dinner bowl would often include uncooked meat, offal (the organs and other bits), raw eggs, veggies and fruits.
You have the option to make the meal yourself or you could buy it all ready-made by a dog food supplier, which is often more expensive than buying your preferred dry food.
Benefits of raw dog food
- With opting for a raw dog food diet, you know exactly what goes into your dog’s meal and you’re avoiding any unnecessary preservatives and by-products.
- If your dog suffers from a specific allergy a raw diet usually provides the option of avoiding any sensitives and opting for ingredients that your dog likes and agrees with.
- Some owners say it contributes to positive health changes in their dogs including a healthier coat, healthier teeth, improved energy levels and no eye discharge.
Raw dog food risks
- Raw food diets can put your dog at risk for infections from salmonella and E.coli, which can then be present in your dog’s faeces. This can then be transferred into the house, onto your carpets and furniture as your dog moves about the house.
- It can be time-consuming, especially to make sure the diet is balanced for your dog and its breed and size as well as getting everything prepped. Kibble is certainly the most convenient option.
- Some pets won’t agree with the raw food diet and it’s known to have caused some digestive issues after switching, but this won’t happen to all dogs.
If you’re considering a raw food diet for your dog, don’t forget to discuss things with your vet who will be able to help you make an informed decision that’s best for you and your dog.