Raw Food Diet for Dogs

What is a raw food diet
People who are new to feeding their dogs a raw diet might wonder how to start, and what and how much to feed. Often the answers to their questions don't provide enough information or confidence to begin. Natural food helps provide the fundamental framework of a healthy immune system. After just a few weeks of feeding your dog a raw diet, you will start to notice an improvement in their well-being.

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Raw feeding guidelines
The key point to remember with a raw diet is to balance it over time. For instance, one meal may have more bone content while another more organs or meat. The overall ratio to strive for is:

  • 80 percent meat, fat, ligaments, or sinew
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  • 10 percent safe and edible bones
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  • 5 percent liver
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  • 5 percent other organ meat

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How much should I feed my dog
Most dogs eat approximately two to three percent of their ideal adult weight daily. In the beginning, work with two percent of body weight split into two meals daily. Once your dog has been on a raw diet for two or three weeks and his stool adjusts, you can adapt to one feeding per day, which is better for digesting the raw food diet.

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Benefits of a raw food

  • Shinier coat
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  • Healthier skin
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  • Cleaner Teeth
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  • Smaller stools
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  • Higher energy level

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Raw dog food contain

  • Apples and other fruit
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  • Muscle meat and bone
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  • Some dairy, including yogurt
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  • Bones, either ground or whole
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  • Organ meats, such as kidneys or livers
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  • Vegetables such as celery, spinach, and broccoli

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Harmful bacteria in raw food
Supporters of raw dog food diets are fast to indicate that commercially processed pet foods may contain harmful bacteria. However, when pet parents feed a raw diet they understand it is not sterile, and they’re more conscientious about washing their hands. Feeding a raw meat diet just requires cleaning the same way you would when cooking chicken.

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Can any dog be fed a raw
Even veterinarians who recommend a raw dog food diet maintain that it is not suitable for all dogs. Because the food is typically high in protein, a raw diet is not appropriate for dogs with severe liver failure or late-stage kidney disease. Also, dogs with immunosuppressive diseases, undergoing chemotherapy, or with cancer should not eat raw food. Puppies aren’t ideal candidates, either. If the calcium and phosphorous ratio aren’t right, growth issues and bone deformities may occur..

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.

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