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The Benefits Of Raw Dog Food
There certainly seem to be a lot of good reasons to consider a raw diet for dogs - and although the majority of them are to the dogs' benefit, there are some 'pluses' for you too!
Some of the most common benefits include:
- It strengthens a dogs' immune function and helps combat over-vaccination and other immunity system issues
- Your dog will have more energy and zest for life
- Eating raw dog food also reduces or eliminates certain 'doggie odors' - eg. odors associated with yeast infections, certain skin conditions and dental problems caused by tartar build up or gingivitis.
- Chewing bones keeps your dogs teeth clean, strong and tartar free
- The canine digestive system was specifically designed for this type of diet, and your dog will get the maximum nutritional benefit from what he eats
- A benefit that probably means more to you than to him is that your dogs' stools will be less frequent, smaller and far less 'smelly'!
- Your dog likes it!
- It helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces obesity, and allows a more controlled growth rate in puppies/adolescent dogs
- Eating a raw dog food diet can help slow down those 'chow hounds' who practically inhale their kibble, because they actually need to chewthese type of meals!
- Studies have indicated that this type of diet actually increases a dogs' lifespan
- Is generally less expensive than feeding commercial dog food. But if you don't live near a butcher or a store where you can get raw meat and scraps, you may not notice any savings.
Drawbacks Of A Raw Food Diet For Dogs
Of course there are two sides to every coin, and there are drawbacks associated with feeding a raw dog food diet.
Some of the more common ones include:
- There is a risk of bacterial illness such as e-coli and salmonella. This could affect your dog who's eating the food, or you, the owner, who is preparing it. Obviously it's important to follow good kitchen hygiene and wash your hands, utensils and work surfaces thoroughly.
- Preparing a raw dog food recipe for dogs can be messy, time-consuming and not very convenient if you're traveling, or have a busy schedule. Then there's the time spent tracking down the right ingredients.
- It can be difficult to find the right raw meat components - if you have a local butcher, chicken processing plant, or grocery store who will work with you to provide bones, carcasses and such it will be much easier.
- There's a learning curve involved - for the dog owner that is!
- Veterinarians here in the US often don't understand or support this type of diet.
Also, bear in mind that puppies have very specific and unique nutritional needs. Although a raw food diet is fine for an adult dog, it is usually not recommended for a puppy because it is tricky to meet a fast-growing puppy's demands.
For the first year or so (longer for large and giant breeds), feeding a premium commercial puppy food may be the best way to keep up with his body's needs. THEN you can switch to feeding raw once he's mature.