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Should Your Dog Be On A Raw Food Diet? We Break It Down

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Just like humans, intaking the right amount of nutrition and having a balanced diet is key to a dog living a long and healthy life. Dogs have long eaten raw diets, consisting of fresh meat and produce, but veterinarians and dog owners have argued whether or not this type of diet does more harm than good. Today we’re breaking down the controversy behind raw food diets and how to navigate one if you choose to feed your pup fresh meat and produce.


Consider This When Deciding On Your Dog’s Diet

A dog’s activity level, size, and age are all factors to take into consideration when preparing their meals – just like how a petite person requires less calories to maintain their basal metabolic rate, or an athlete requires more macros to maintain their muscles and achieve their fitness goals.

You should also consider the cost of the diet. Truthfully, raising a dog requires a lot of attention… and money. If you are looking to be a first time dog-owner, or you want to add a new furry member to the family, consider the expenses for raising a big dog vs. small dog. Some diets will cost more than others, and medical/grooming bills tend to be higher for larger dogs.

Pros of a Fresh Raw Food Diet

Raw dog food can be prepared in several ways: homemade (you buy all the fresh ingredients), freeze dried (learn more here), store bought, or dehydrated. “A raw diet usually includes organ meats, muscle meat, whole or ground bone, raw eggs, dog-safe fresh fruits and vegetables, and a dairy product such as yogurt.”


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Those who advocate for raw food diets list these benefits:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy levels
  • Smaller stools

A raw diet also has minimal to no processing which essentially means your pup is getting nutrition straight from the wild.

Another benefit is that dogs absolutely love a raw diet! You’ll enjoy watching your dog chow down on fresh foods.

Cons of a Fresh Raw Food Diet

As the name suggests, a raw food diet doesn’t consist of… you guessed it, cooked food. Which means there is a higher chance of exposure to bacteria and other harmful pathogens that can be found in fresh meat and produce. 

“Meticulous care is required in the handling, preparation, and sanitation of raw food. Dogs with pancreatitis, cancer, or other diseases may require cooked food. Puppies are also better off having cooked food.” Exposing puppies to a raw diet either too early or too much at once can cause an upset stomach.

Here are some potential risks to feeding your dog a raw food diet:

Nutritional deficiency is a serious concern, so if a raw diet isn’t balanced, complete, or formulated by an expert and tailored to your dog, you may want to reconsider feeding your pup a raw food diet.

Navigating a Raw Food Diet

Are you going to start your dog on a raw food diet? Keep these tips in mind before you begin:

  • Consult with a vet:  We highly recommend you consult with your vet first before starting on a raw food diet! They will be able to give you professional advice on how to navigate this diet and will help you tailor a diet that best fits your dog including the amount of nutritional intake and supplements to add to their diet.
  • Introduce it to them slowly:  Start with a few types of produce (e.g. carrots and green beans) plus one type of protein until they are adjusted. Switching from kibble to raw food immediately will cause your dog’s tummy to be upset.


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A raw dog food diet typically consists of:

  • 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

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Additionally, you can add supplements like salmon oil and ocean kelp into the meals to promote a shiny coat and aid digestion. 

Some supplements you should be including in your dog’s diet include:

  • Calcium and phosphorous (especially for puppy diets)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Iron
  • Trace minerals like iodine, selenium and zinc
  • Vitamins including Vitamin A and Vitamin B12

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There are also different types of raw food diet models, which you can explore here!

If you don’t want to switch to a completely raw food diet, try incorporating freeze dried mixers instead. Your other raw food diet options include store-bought frozen raw food or raw food prepared and delivered (here are some recommended companies).

For more information on feeding your dog raw food, consult your vet, do your research, and feel free to reach out to us!

Is your dog on a raw food diet? Do you think it’s a controversial diet? Let us know in the comments!

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