More and more pet owners are looking into feeding a raw dog food diet to help keep their pets healthier. You may also wonder whether the costs of a raw diet are really less than kibble. Or maybe you need to know where to get the meat for a raw dog food diet. I have made up a list of the pros and cons of feeding your dog a raw diet here.
Pro: Raw dog food is the closest to the wild diet
There is no doubt that a raw dog food diet is the closest to what the canines would eat in the wild. Dogs are omnivores, so a raw diet includes some fruits and vegetables while the bulk of the meal is meat. The fresh meat offers far more nutrients at one time without having to be broken down like kibble.
Con: Dogs have been domesticated for too long
Most “wild” dogs today would likely eat out of dumpsters rather than chase down a deer for food. You will need to work with your veterinarian and a dog food nutritionist to find the right mix for your particular dog. This will add to the initial cost of changing your pet over to a raw diet.
Pro: You can buy meat in bulk or online for more savings
Find a good butcher shop and order a bulk of meat in advance of picking it up. Some butcher shops run bulk specials and you can have them packaged however you like. You can also buy frozen raw dog food online and have it delivered right to your door.
Con: You need extra freezer space for a raw dog food diet
Consider the fact that you may have to purchase a small extra freezer for dog food if you switch to a raw diet. It will also cost a little more on electricity costs if you do have to buy an extra freezer.
Pro: Some dog breeders say a raw dog food diet is healthier for your pet
Though there is little proof to back up the claims that a raw dog food diet is healthier for dogs, some breeders swear by it. You find this typical in the “wolf-y” breeds like German Shepherd Dogs, Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Husky.
Con: You must work with an animal nutritionist to keep your dog healthy on a raw diet
My veterinarian, Village Veterinary Hospital, explained that he does not recommend a raw dog food diet due to the fact that many pet owners would not work with a nutritionist to get a balanced diet for their dog. It’s essential that you do so if you switch to raw dog food. You must also purchase the meat from a good clean butcher shop or farmer’s market to stave off bacteria.
For me the cons out weighed the pros for feeding a raw dog food diet. I chose to find a premium kibble dog food. Before making a decision to switch consider finding quality meat in bulk, space for freezing and cleaning up after each serving to avoid bacteria from spreading.
The Raw Pet Food Diet Debate
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