Many owners who concoct diets at home are not properly equipped or informed to create a diet for their dogs that contains the correct vitamins, minerals etc in the correct proportions. The benefits of feeding raw are likely to include great dental health (and fresh breath) This may be more important than it at first seems. While it is true that your kibble fed dog need not be overweight, the sad fact is, many, if not most, are. Pros and Cons. These bones CANNOT be digested in my opinion (chicken and pigs are generally fine but not sheep and cows) and due to their sharpness and sizes… they can get blocked in their mouth and become life threatening. There is no doubt at all that dogs adore raw meat and bones.  A bowlful of kibble takes less than three minutes for the average dog to consume. Easily save as a PDF or print. Dog owners used books, e-books, and online resources to design a raw diet for their dogs. Many believe a raw diet is a natural way to ensure a dog's optimal health. The first and least disputable advantage of switching to raw food is not to your dog at all. The reason that the raw diet keeps teeth and gums healthy, is two-fold, firstly the diet is free from carbohydrates and secondly the broken fragments of bone in the dog’s food have an abrasive action on the dog’s teeth, stripping off the gunk and leaving them nice and clean. You will also need to be prepared to get a bit messy when training your puppy. Let’s Talk About The Pros And Cons Of Freeze Dried Dog Food Should I be ? That said, there is no reason why you shouldn’t offer your dog some raw steak. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=6&fid=8404193&jid=BJN&volumeId=106&issueId=S1&aid=8404192&bodyId=&membershipNumber=&societyETOCSession=&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S000711451100184X, Your email address will not be published. I agree with Cat, and I worry about unbalanced diets. And what about the risks of raw feeding?  Check out that link for more information on this controversial. I have one with more yellow and rest of them are white) . I worry about this kind of diet in kennels (more dogs, less time for lunch, less money) too. There is no easy answer. Sorry bye, Sorry you didn’t like the article, though I understand I can’t always please everyone. At its source, freeze dried dog food is really just raw dog food that has been dehydrated, so it offers the same nutritional benefits as raw dog food does. So I would simply add a little kibble to your dog’s meals each day, and reduce his raw food little by little, until the switch is complete. I have now a 12 week old gsd for a month. Not everyone agrees of course, that carbohydrates in large quantities are bad.  Either for dogs or humans.  But science is certainly changing its opinion on the virtues of living on a starch based diet. If the stomach rotates, the blood supply to it may be cut off and immediate veterinary treatment will be required to save the dog’s life. I know you by your book (How dogs learn (Spanish translation) We had a German Shepard whose life was changed for the better with raw. I have a 13 yr old J R and people are very surprised when I say he is 13. In fact, all he could eat was chicken thighs and gizzards. I think you’ve written quite an unbiased and informative article, so well done. I’m not talking check out one site and start your dog on a side of beef, I mean cross-check facts and information and compile a solid database of information. There are ( in the UK) plenty of small company’s , offering well balanced raw complete food based on 80% meet, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other offal. and I find they are feeding the worst of dog food , . Or would this affect the pup’s skin? There are parasites and bacteria … I found your article very interesting as I did wounder about what age to give things like chicken and ducks wings. Though this would also be the … I was nervous about feeding raw bones to my dogs, but what helped was to try the bones, watch the dogs, and figure out what bones worked for the dogs. So we need to make sure we don’t feed our puppies leg bones from large herbivores such as cattle, or sheep. Perhaps some of the research published by UC Davies is of interest to you. Eating raw foods mimics a dogs natural diet in the wild. I was lucky enough to find a vet in my town who is a proponent of raw feeding and a wealth of knowledge. The risk of impaction can be also be reduced by making sure bone is an appropriate proportion of your dog’s diet. I do find it rather time consuming to find the right combination of muscle, offal and bones, and that from a range of animals, but well worth it. The disadvantages of raw feeding are that there may be some risks.  The risk of internal injury or impaction from bone, and the risk of infection, both to your dog and your family. Now we feed him all the time mixed with his biscuits. Homemade dog food has its pros and cons, as does any type of dog food, and it can be very challenging to create a well-balanced homemade dog food diet. Dog Food: Expert & User Reviews – Nearly 3,300 brands are reviewed, covering canned food, kibble, raw food, dehydrated food. If you are interested in raw feeding it might be best to wait until your children are older and you have some basic obedience training established with your puppy. The reason for me changing them to raw is because my eldest male is 11 and has just been diagnosed with diabetes. The fact is, dogs in general are able to cope with digesting pathogens which would make us very ill. This is the basic idea, but let’s get into more detail and more pros! So, I’ll give you a few days to be specific about where you think the mistakes are in this article. Hi Brad, To prove the fact that raw is beneficial to their wellbeing, our lad got into the cupboard where I kept the biscuit and within 20 mins of him eating the biscuit he couldn’t stop himself from peeing and was back drinking loads of water. Zach, Raw fed dogs are known to become calmer and less hyper. Other than that, good article 😉, Hi Jo, Thanks for your comment! Hi Is this site still live? She still eats her poop ick. – are working well and keeping the metabolism in good balance. You have to remember pet shop/store dog food. The other two switched over at 6 weeks old. I’m also a mature student studying veterinary medicine. And the coats are shiny, dogs doesn’t small at all like neighbors dogs. Feeding dogs raw food means the shiniest and softest coats you can obtain. Raw dog food has led to gastrointestinal inflammation. Canine anal glands are located either side of the anus and are squeezed empty each time a dog empties his bowels. At best this may cause your puppy to become constipated.  At worst it could block the intestine completely, resulting in a medical emergency.  Again, this has never happened to my own dogs, but some vets worry about dogs being fed raw for this reason. When your puppy eats a lump of flesh with a bone inside it, a chicken wing for example, or part of a rabbit, he first bites down on the bones using the big molars at the back of his jaw. I’ve also found quite a few raw dog food sites to be somewhat hysterical and evangelical in tone and ultimately unconvincing. I’m a caterer by profession and reckon I can deal with catering for my dog too but have been concerned by the conflicting and confusing information out there about the correct dietary balance for dogs and haven’t found a huge amount about the specific needs of puppies on BARF diets. I agree great article, haven’t found one as informative as this. However, many raw feeders disagree, and claim that their dog’s coats have improved with raw feeding. Also going for the pray model. Further to whether meals are ‘balanced’ or ‘nutritionally complete’ it should be noted that there is no scientific definition for these terms. Of course, this is easily overcome by using one of the high quality commercial diets available by post or in the freezer section of an increasing number of pet shops. ThanksLois. One study, showed that dogs were more likely to suffer from bloat if they were fed on certain types of kibble.  Another study (source) showed that dogs fed on dry food alone, were more likely to get bloat than dogs fed on wet food. The next ‘raw’ risk most widely discussed is that of pathogens found in raw meat.  You won’t have to look hard to find articles warning you that raw meat, especially chicken, is heaving in germs. The first step in reducing the risk from bone is to feed bone and meat together. The breeder says they have occasionally had some Eden complete in addition to raw. Dogs are meat eaters not rice,corn eaters. There is an alternative of course, you could teach your dog to let you clean his teeth morning and evening, just as you do your children. This site, by contrast, is a breath of fresh air. If you are ready to make a start with raw feeding, you’ll need plenty of freezer space, and a good supplier of the right ingredients. Opponents of raw diets cite parasites and contagion as big risks. and also I can get bone meals or MDM (the ones they use in making viennas) as it has broken down all the bones and meats and etc. In fact, some of the shiniest coats I have ever seen on dogs have been on kibble fed dogs.  And switching my own dogs to raw made no difference whatsoever to their coats or their energy levels. Hi, we also feed successful raw from 10 weeks of age on to our now 14 month old Labrador. My JR has ducks necks which I chop into 3 bits so they is a bit smaller for him. Learn how much food your dog should eat per day and at what time. Some believe that dry dog food and cereal based food are associated with bloat in certain breed dogs. All dogs need to be trained to some extent.  And medium to large dogs need a lot of training to ensure that they are not a public nuisance.  So training is not optional. I’m not saying all dry food is bad but stay away from a lot of the cheaper ones and there is great benefits to raw on the side. Download the Free "Can Dogs Eat..." Whitepaper, 9 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained Indoors. They often also contain artificial flavourings or colourings. You mentioned about sugar and carb… I would appreciate your opinion on that. But its important to try and be objective.  Because raw feeding is not the right decision for everyone. Not all dogs will enjoy a raw diet and vice versa. please give me some ideas. is there a period when switching the dog that they lose energy, or get sad, or confused? Our website services, content, and products are for informational purposes only. If your dog got sick on a deer leg it could have been from eating too much bone, and/or from eating parasites and worms if you didn’t freeze it first. The poop produced by raw fed dogs is far less smelly and much smaller in quantity that the poop produced by kibble fed dogs.  Which lets face it, smells appalling. This is only an … 2015 - 2020 © Barking Royalty. There are so many different ways to feed your dog. Fortunately, these germs seem to have absolutely no effect whatsoever on the average dog. We’ve a four month old Red Setter and normally fed on dry food, which she eats very reluctantly ! Would you say that a reasonable compromise would be to clean the pup’s face and paws with a wet cloth and maybe a bit of (homemade, natural) soap after meals? I’m totally sold on raw, Hi Pippa, Ideally as nature intended with the bone on the inside and the muscle on the outside. Can you help as the whole thing is really stressing me out! If your dog is at risk of bloat, and you want to start raw feeding straight away, you’ll need to ensure children can’t access the dog whilst he is eating and for some time afterwards. So, this ‘raw’ feeding lark is beginning to sound like a bit of a nightmare. That means I have fed in the region of fourteen to twenty thousand ‘boney’ meals so far.  With no adverse effects. Feeding bone and meat together (rather than recreational bones on their own) may also help to avoid the risk of impaction. The cons of raw dog food focus mainly around storage and preparation, which is an issue to be considered before feeding raw, but both are potentially easy solved with some research into how best to handle raw dog food and insight into how much food you'll need to feed and order, to know how much you'll need to store. and I also feed them about 5 to 10% of fruit and veg pulp (from the juicer) mixed into their food. We’ve never had an issue and I always supervise consumption. Including the practicalities – always happy to consider contributions from veterinary professionals too 🙂. Children are notoriously lax about hygiene. RAW feeding is still widely frowned upon in the veterinary world and many of their concerns are not without merit although the resistance to finding out more troubles me. A chunk of meaty ribcage, a rabbit, or a chicken back will last a dog up to ten times longer and provide huge amounts of blissful enjoyment. And yes, the benefits of the dogs going on raw (which I agree with you ) are – less doggy smell, clean fur with no excessive grease (yellow furs), clean teeth, clean breathe, love their food time, less poop and smelly poop and easily disintegrate into the soil, more energetic, happy dogs, less allergy and infections and less fleas (funny enough). But feeding your dog a vegan diet is relatively simple. I’ve been feeding my four dogs a raw food diet for 3 years now and I the benefits have been astounding. I hope I’m doing the best for her , training her with freeze dried , I hope its best because its a hassle and I worry about her nips and her beard with bad stuff!!!! So why do people feed their dogs on a raw diet? You have to. As you can see, this is not a straightforward ‘right or wrong’ decision. Raw bones help clean teeth, and provide fibre, nutrients and entertainment. it is a pre made raw diet in a bag that is frozen like meat pellets. It is to you.  It’s about what comes out of your dog, not what goes in. how to feed your puppy on a natural raw diet, How To Feed Your Puppy On Natural Raw Food article, http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10666, http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=6&fid=8404193&jid=BJN&volumeId=106&issueId=S1&aid=8404192&bodyId=&membershipNumber=&societyETOCSession=&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S000711451100184X, Dachshund Gifts: Unique Gift Ideas For Lovers Of Dachshund Dogs. At the end of the article there is a link to our How To Feed Your Puppy On Natural Raw Food article. Is this a good idea for a four month old puppy? Basically, rather than isolating the bone (and leaving it more open to shearing and splintering), you feed large pieces of meat (with bone within – as nature designed it) that are bigger than your dog’s head. The dogs suffering from kidney diseases or liver diseases should not be given raw food as it has high protein levels that become difficult for … Great that you’re feeding raw, but a lot of the ‘issues’ you encountered can be addressed with the simple advice to feed ‘as big as their head’. Here is an example. Add some gizzards and chicken or beef liver. It’s also more expensive than canned or dry food purchased at the store. I’ve just bought your puppy rearing book as well as the one by Dr. Tom, and I’m guessing you may have a solution in there so I’ll get reading in the meantime, but if you have any advice to offer up I’d be very grateful. I am in exactly the same situation. Loved your articles. The levels set by NRC can only be used to set ‘safe levels’ not optimum requirements – the massive differences between NRC and AAF supports this Finally I should mention that I have seen no evidence whatsoever that raw fed dogs have shinier coats or more energy than their kibble fed counterparts. This makes a ‘parcel’ of bone wrapped in meat and helps it all to slide down without injury to the dog. We are getting a golden retriever puppy soon and he has been fed on a BARF diet. Many experts suggest that raw dog food is not suggested for every dog. You may have seen pictures of tiny puppies munching on raw chicken wings and been horrified. I also feed my dogs raw meat ect. It’s great to have a supportive vet – makes all the difference 🙂. This can lead to diabetes in your dog as well. It’s also believed to lead to a lot of health benefits as raw food is rich in important nutrients. Of course, nothing is risk free, even eating. In this article, we’ll cover the subject of raw food for dogs, including the pros and cons. http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10666. Does the dog in your life have a cat in theirs? So let’s take a closer look. O well. And by ensuring that your dog always has access to plenty of fresh drinking water. Of course, there is bound to be an exception to this rule, so no-one can guarantee your dog will not get some horrible tummy bug from eating raw chicken. When i bred my female APBT with him I immediately started her on the same diet except an extra thigh n leg at night for the puppies. I do appreciate that you’re so unbiased and logical in your approach, it’s a rare quality in our Information Age. They are juicy, sweet, and they just look... Are plums something you can share with your dog from time to time? We now have a 4 month old puppy, Catahoula/Husky mix. I have been feeding my dogs on raw meaty bones now for around ten years.  I usually have at least four dogs, and feed them once a day, more often when they are small. Or should we try to buy just necks and backs until she’s a bit older? That way they don’t gulp it down and choke (like chicken thighs, etc – way too small), it doesn’t splinter, the large pieces of meat also floss their teeth, the extra time taken to eat it also generate more acid so the bone digests quicker, and finally – the physical and mental stimulation of all that work (rather than you cutting it all up) is do much more rewarding (and exhausting). Pippa – you don’t mention offal, a vital ingredient in the raw diet. Raw Dog Food Pros and Cons (Home-Prepared) The raw food revolution started in the home. Don't miss out on the perfect companion to life with a purrfect friend. This is of no interest to your dog, but a source of great pleasure to raw fed dog owners. It is true that modern dogs have evolved some ability to digest grain to some degree, as have we humans. Hi there, I haven’t seen any evidence that mixing kibble and raw is dangerous – lots of opinions but no evidence. On the other hand, some negative sides could be the risk of bacteria and the risk of choking on a bone or breaking a tooth when chewing on it. Tam did you ever get a response to your question and/or what did you decide? Is it advisable to feed larger pieces of meaty bones? Being a dog owner, it’s only natural that you want nothing but the best for your pet. With that being said, there are pros and cons to feeding your dog freeze dried dog food, which we’ll take a look at below. My 12 year old cavalier has chronic heart problems. Some of the potential benefits of raw feeding include: Knowing exactly what is in your dog’s food, which isn’t always the case with commercial pet foods. If you have the time to learn about the diet, it’s well worth the change, in my opinion. 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