What is a raw food diet for dogs

What is a raw food diet for dogs

A raw food diet for dogs, often referred to as a "raw diet" or "raw feeding," is a dietary approach that involves feeding dogs uncooked, natural ingredients that closely resemble the diet of their wild ancestors.

raw food diet for dogs

What is a raw food diet for dogs

A typical raw food diet for dogs may include the following components:

  1. Raw Meat: This is the primary component of a raw diet. It can include various types of meat, such as beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, and fish. Some advocates recommend feeding muscle meat, while others include organ meats like liver, kidney, and heart for added nutrients.

  2. Raw Bones: Some raw diets include raw bones, which are typically large, non-weight-bearing bones like chicken necks, backs, or beef ribs. These are meant for chewing and dental health rather than being swallowed whole.

  3. Raw Organs: Organ meats, such as liver, kidney, and heart, are often included to provide essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

  4. Raw Eggs: Some raw feeding proponents include raw eggs in their dog's diet for additional protein and nutrients.

  5. Fruits and Vegetables: Some raw diets incorporate small amounts of fruits and vegetables to provide fibre, vitamins, and minerals. These are usually pulped or blended for easier digestion.

  6. Supplements: Depending on the specific diet plan and the dog's needs, supplements such as fish oil, vitamins, and minerals may be added to ensure balanced nutrition.

Advocates of raw feeding (us at Healthy Active Pet) believe it offers benefits such as improved coat condition, better dental health, and reduced risk of allergies or food sensitivities. 

Before transitioning your dog to a raw food diet, it's crucial to follow a balanced raw feeding recipe plan that meet AAFCO standards - and you can see lots of our pet nutritionist created recipes here.  

Proper food handling, storage, and hygiene are also essential to minimise the risk of foodborne illnesses when feeding raw meat.

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