Are your fur babies on the Raw Food Diet, what is it exactly?
Usually it usually consists of the following:
- Muscle meat, often still on the bone
- Bones, either whole or ground
- Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
- Raw eggs
- Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery
- Apples or other fruit
- Some dairy, such as yogurt
The cost of a raw dog food diet varies with the ingredients used and how it is prepared. For a 30-pound dog, a one-day supply of one variety of a frozen, commercially available raw chicken diet costs about $2.50; others may range up to $5 a day. A super-premium, commercial dry dog food costs about $1. Source- http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/raw-dog-food-dietary-concerns-benefits-and-risks
Benefits are healthier skin, cleaner teeth, shinier coat, higher energy levels, & smaller stools. Of course another huge benefit would be switching your pet’s diet to a more clean and healthy option; staying clear of the highly processed and chemically filled kibble:)
Potential risks are exposure to bacteria from raw meat, exposure to parasites and their eggs that would normally be killed in the cooking process could infect pets, the potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth or cause an internal puncture. An unbalanced diet that may damage the health of the dogs if given for an extended period (this is the risk that is of most concern).
I wanted to post some information, research and findings about it for those of you who are wondering:) I have even considered this diet for my fur babies, for those of you who have tried this or have their’s on it..what are your thoughts and opinions so far? Have you noticed a change in your pet’s health or behavior? Please share with us!
For more information about Raw Food Diets, go to http://www.dogchannel.com/holistic-dog-care/should-i-feed-my-dog-raw-food.aspx