Raw Food Diet For Pets

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about “raw food” diets for pets. It’s something that I didn’t really know very much about, but found some really helpful information here and here.

Raw dog food diets have become widely popular, and the interest in them is increasing. They emphasize raw meat, bones, fruits and vegetables as the staples of a dog’s diet. These diets are based on the “fact” that dogs and cats evolved as carnivores eating raw foods.

A raw dog food diet would typically consist of:

  • Muscle meat, many times still on the bone
  • Bones, whole or ground
  • Organ meat, like livers or kidneys
  • Raw eggs
  • Vegetables, like broccoli, spinach and celery
  • Apples, other fruits
  • Dairy, such as yogurt

The potential benefits of such a diet include:

  • Shinier coat
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy
  • Smaller stool

The potential risks of such a diet are:

  • Exposure to bacteria in raw meat for human and dog health
  • Unbalanced diet that may harm the health of dogs if given for an extended period
  • Possibility of bones to choke an animal, break teeth or cause an internal puncture

Have you ever tried, or would you try a raw food diet? If you have tried one, what was your experience? Would you recommend it?

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