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Raw Pet Food Explained

Why feed your pet raw food?

Raw dog food is a scary prospect. We love our dogs and don't want to get them sick, right? But is what we are feeding them every day making them sick? If could look past the initial fear and see a food source that is healthier, easier to digest, more natural, less processed, and contains less chemicals, doesn't that make sense?

Sure, raw dog food is more work and it requires some thinking on your part, but many (and a quickly increasing number of people) believe it's the right choice for the dogs in our lives.

Raw Pet Food Basics

Many people think of the raw food diet as being just for people, but it is actually a great diet for cats and dogs too! Pet food these days are filled of over-processed ingredients and unknown additives. If you are a pet owner and have a beloved furry friend that might have a sensitive stomach, skin issues, or you are just concerned about their overall well being, the raw food diet might be exactly what you are looking for! It has been linked to higher energy levels, shinier coats, cleaner teeth, and healthier skin.

This evolutionary diet is composed of all raw, unprocessed or lightly cooked foods. On this diet foods cannot be cooked above a temperature of 104-118 degrees Fahrenheit (40-48 degrees Celsius). It typically consists of raw muscle meat on the bone, ground or whole bones, raw eggs, organ meats, vegetables, some fruits such as apples and small amounts of dairy,. like yogurt The best vegetables for your dog are things like broccoli, spinach and celery, you can ditch the starches. The raw food philosophy believes that foods heated above 118 degrees is less vital as it has lost some if its major nutritional value due to the face that its natural enzymes are destroyed when heated above the mentioned temperature.

There are a few potential risks from the bacteria in the raw meat, so make sure all meat if of high quality and has been handled responsibly. Be cautious when giving your dog bones, so they do not choke, cause internal puncture or break teeth.

When embarking on this venture with your furry friends there are a few things to keep in mind...

  1. Make sure that your pets diet includes calcium and phosphorus (mainly found in bones!) To have a healthy balance of minerals in your pets diet it is said to have their food consist of about 15% bones
  2. Remember Organ Meat is a must- liver kidneys, heart, a variety is important
  3. Muscle meat is the foundation of this diet!
  4. Watch the fat content of foods. Fat is good but animals are subject to the rules of caloric intake as well
  5. Make sure to add in some fruit and vegetables too
  6. Offer fish about once a week

When switching your dog to this diet, they may have loose stool for a short bit while their body is acclimating to the change, I think that it is best to start off slowly. If your pet is eating conventional food, slowly introduce this diet to them over the course on a month. Knowing that by the end of the month your dog will be happier, healthier and more energized!

Know that this change can also be very time consuming for you, but it is a labor of love and your dogs health will thank you!