Raw Dog Food
Raw Dog Food
There are many dog owners that are recognizing the benefits of a raw food diet for dogs. Even though our dogs’ ancestors, wolves, eat raw food, this is a relatively new approach to feeding our family pets.
The diet has been nicknamed B.A.R.F. which stands for “biologically appropriate raw food” or “bones and raw food.” It is based on feeding dogs a combination of raw meats, bones, fruits, and vegetables.
Many dog owners choose to make their dog’s food at home. This can be very time-consuming an unpractical for busy people. Fortunately, All Natural Pet offers a selection of commercial raw dog food brands and we will be happy to help you make the right choice for your furry friend.
What is Contained in Commercial Raw Dog Foods?
One other drawback to making your own raw dog food diet is using the correct proportion of ingredients. A healthy and nutritious raw
diet needs to be complete and balanced in order for your dog to stay in good health.
A raw food diet should contain the following:
- Muscle Meat
What Are The Benefits Of Raw Food?
Many dog owners believe raw food is healthier than processed food because processing (cooking) the food denatures the proteins in the meat and may decrease
Some other reported effects of feeding raw food to dogs include:
- Shinier coats
- Healthier skin
- Cleaner teeth
- Smaller stools
- Higher energy levels
- Healthy weight management
Are Raw Dog Food Diets Safe?
Even though this is a healthy food choice there are some potential risks.
People who make food for their dogs at home can get sick from contaminated ingredients, and should always wash their hands and disinfect counter space used for preparation.
Whole bones are another hazard: Chunks or whole raw bones used in home preparation can cause broken teeth, choking or internal injuries.
Unbalanced diet: Neglecting to add enough protein can cause anemia, and lack of calcium and phosphorus can lead to dental problems.
When you choose a commercial raw dog food brand this is not a problem. All commercially made formulas contain fruit and vegetables, or vitamin and mineral supplements and are closely monitored to ensure they are safe and healthy.
Be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet.