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It’s often the case that major pet food recalls create lots of interest in switching over to raw foods.
Still, many dog owners remain skeptical or cautious or just totally unaware of the benefits of going raw!
Despite all the conflicting information on the topic, folks are increasing abandoning dog food for this healthy alternative.
A raw food diet is natural for every species (except perhaps humans).
Your best buddy’s diet can certainly be raw. That is, if you can actually commit to it.
A Raw Food Diet Is Great For Most Dogs (but can be difficult to implement)
Feeding raw vegetables is one thing, but a complete raw food diet is quite another.
The truth is that switching to raw foods (exclusively) may not be a good idea if your dog is already healthy.
You really have to stay on top of nutritional needs. And consider that commercial dog foods, the premium brands at least, are much better than decades past.
Are you really up for the challenge of a raw food diet?
If you have doubts then consider just getting a high-quality dog food as the next best option.
Nowadays most people lead busy lives.
A raw food diet takes considerable prep time. You’ll lose the convenience of commercial dog foods.
Is your intent is to make a big difference in your dog’s life?
Taking the raw food plunge may be worth it. You just need to be knowledgeable and go about it the right way.
The BARF Diet Plan
With the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) plan you’ll be incorporating various raw meats and evaluating the results.
Basically, it involves preparing uncooked muscle and organs too.
And here’s the deal:
Extra enzymes are absorbed, those that commercial dog food cannot provide. It makes sense, but you can actually take it further!
The Prey Model Plan
Another way to feed raw foods is with the Prey Model.
It takes into account that your dog is related to wild wolfs. The philosophy views your furry friend as a carnivorous beast.
Your dog will be gnawing on and tearing apart unprepared meat muscle.
They’ll consume edible bones and organs. We’re talking whole carcasses, like in the wilderness!
Watch this tell-it-like-it-is video!
One benefit to this raw food approach is improved dental health.
In comparison to others, the Prey Model is hands-off. It requires less work.
Nutritional Balancing Act
The problem with raw foods is that your dog may not always get a balanced diet.
Deficiencies are common unless you know what you’re doing.
You have people on both sides of the debate. Each claim their pet’s have shiner coats, more energy, etc.
So who is right?
Commercial dog foods and raw food diets can both keep dogs happy and healthy.
They’re all valid diet plans. It’s just that conventional canine chow is easier.
The Bottom Line
You can feed your dog raw foods, but switching over requires a big commitment.
There are many health benefits (and a few downsides) to going raw. It’s something to seriously consider if the dog is prone to allergies.
Your best course of action is to consult with a veterinary nutritionist first.