There has been a lot of discussions lately about what kind of food is best for dogs, commercial food versus homemade food, raw food, cooked food, etc. There are advantages and disadvantages associated with all of these diets, and in this article, we will cover the views on the raw food diet for your dog, covering both sides of the issue, so that you can make your own decision.
There are many benefits that your dog will get from a raw diet, according to some vets. If you choose to let your dog have bones, some say their teeth will stay in better shape and be cleaner than those on other diets. This may mean you don’t have to spend as much money on dental care at the vet’s office, which is considered a bonus for you, the dog’s owner.
The digestive system of many dogs is better able to tolerate raw foods than commercial dog foods filled with by-products and preservatives. You also need to worry less about possible food allergies because you know exactly what’s in the food you feed your dog.
Another belief is that dogs that are on raw diets have significantly reduced the risk of becoming obese, which can cause many serious health problems, just as it does for humans. They are only eating what they need, without getting all of the fillers that many commercial dog foods contain, which cuts out excess calories.
One of the most common complaints that dog owners have about a raw diet is that it takes a lot longer for them to prepare their dog’s food than normal. They can’t just go to a bag and scoop out kibble into a bowl; they have to prepare the food, much as they would for themselves. You need to have enough meat on hand to feed your dog, you need to measure the right amount, and then mix it with the right amount of vegetables., and bones if you choose to go that route. You have to determine how much food your dog should eat each day, depending on his or her ideal body weight, and then either prepare the food daily or prepare it in batches and store it in the freezer until it is needed. Either way, you have a lot more time invested in the entire process, and for busy families, this isn’t always an option.
When you purchase meat, depending on where you live, it can be pretty expensive, so you will likely have to spend more money on a raw diet than you would a commercial dog food diet. To make this option more affordable, you will need to look for sales and then buy as much as you can afford and store it appropriately, which could also mean investing in a separate freezer, if you don’t already have one on hand.
Anytime you think about raw meat, you have to think about parasites and bacteria, which could be potentially harmful to your dog. Some meats are more dangerous than others, for example, pork, but in general, you should be okay. Raw beef and chicken usually do not cause problems for dogs, as long as they are kept at the right temperature.
You will have to decide whether or not to give your dog bones. Some vets say you should never give your dog bones because they may suffocate, or because the bones may damage their digestive system, but others say this isn’t a problem as long as you’re careful with the types of bones you give. Many supporters of the raw diet grind the bones and mix them in, but again, that’s your choice.
If you are thinking about putting your dog on a raw diet, you need to take the time to look at all of the information you can find, and then make your own decision based on your findings. The raw diet requires a commitment from you the dog owner, both financially, and time-wise, if you aren’t prepared for that, or aren’t certain that is the way you want to go, then you might want to think about other options.
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