A raw food diet for dogs is the purest and most biologically correct nutrition you can give to your best dog buddy.
Raw dog food is packed with living enzymes and nutrients that is unmatched by any other kind of diet for domesticated pets. Commercially sold kibbles and even homemade food for dogs involve either dog allergens or chemical ingredients, or cooking the food which inevitably destroys most of the essential enzymes and nutrients in the otherwise healthy raw food.
The dangerous chemicals and additives found in most commercial kibbles can produce a huge negative effect on the health of pets over time, associated with many chronic health conditions including allergies, skin and coat problems.
A raw dog food diet is a species-appropriate type of feeding method for dogs based on the fact that domestic dogs, much like their wolf ancestors, are biologically designed to eat and thrive on a raw diet of fresh meat, bone, and animal organs. Genetically, dogs and wolves share about 99.8 percent of both their mDNA sequence, meaning they also share identical digestive systems requiring the same kind of raw food diet for the carnivorous canine.
In fact, sled dogs and dog-racing greyhounds already eat a raw food diet for dogs to reach their optimal state of health for maximum daily performance. A more recent idea of extending this kind of raw feeding practice to the home/ family pet was proposed by Ian Billinghurst, an Australian veterinarian in 1993. He developed certain raw feeding diet suggestions and called this the BARF diet, which stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or “Bones And Raw Food.”
Billinghurst contended that grain-based commercial dog food is harmful to dogs’ health, and suggested that your canine friends (adult dogs regardless of gender, age, breed, or size) eat only raw bones, raw flesh (meat), and raw fruit and vegetable scraps. This is the canine species’ natural evolutionary diet before they became domesticated pets.
Common health benefits of a raw food diet for dogs
The following are the most commonly reported canine health benefits of feeding raw dog food according to its advocates:
- Elimination/ prevention of food allergies (most commonly coming from chemical substances and grain/wheat allergens
- Detoxification from the chemicals and harmful additives found in “kibbles” or other commercial dog foods
- Much improved digestive health (help for dog digestive issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), and other types of digestive imbalances)
- Healthier skin and shinier coats
- Cleaner teeth/ better dental health
- Higher energy levels
- Smaller stools (lesser waste matter)
- Prolonged life span
Have a look at our Baz enjoying a meaty bone!
On the other hand, many mainstream veterinarians as well as the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) have expressed some disagreement with this practice. Several studies documented in veterinary journals have published the risks of feeding dogs raw dog food which include:
- Exposure to bad bacteria found in raw meat (a potential threat to both dog and human health)
- Unbalanced high-protein diet which may possibly be detrimental to dogs’ life and health if given for extended periods of time
- The potential to choke the dog, break its teeth, or cause internal puncture wounds when feeding it hard, whole bones
Although the raw food diet for dogs movement remains controversial, more and more people are supporting it as it emphasizes the feeding of raw all-natural food for dogs including raw fresh meat, bones, and nutritious fruits and vegetables. With proper sanitation as well as careful preparation, raw dog food could do wonders to the health of your dog.