Dog Raw Food Diet: Is It Safe?

I asked Dr Andrew Jones, author of Veterinary Secrets Revealed for his opinion about raw food diet for dogs. Here’s what he has to say…

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The Raw Food Question… is it safe?

How should you feed it?

Do I recommend giving it?

My short answer: Raw Food is healthy for your pet.

Salmonella and E. Coli are not a well documented health concern for your pet. Pets have short intestinal tracts which digest food quickly, before bacteria have time to multiply.

Pets also have very acidic stomachs, which kill many bacteria.

When preparing raw food, wash your hands and counters well. Always use common sense when preparing, feeding and storing raw food. Pre-packaged frozen raw food is an easier way to start. Look for brands such as “Bravo Blends” – simply feed 1 lb of food for every 50 lbs of dog.

For thousands of millennia, our canine and feline companions have subsisted on diets of raw meats and human dinner scraps. Around 60 years ago, pet foods began growing in popularity, supplanting the more natural diets of our dogs and cats. The past 10 years, however, have seen a rise in the raw food diets.

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BARF Diet

One popular raw diet is the BARF model, an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (or Bones And Raw Food). The
BARF diet which includes non-meats and numerous supplements was designed for pets and wild animals by Dr Ian Billinghurst.

Billinghurst claimed that commercial kibble does not allow domestic animals to thrive, as their ancestors did on a wild, raw diet.

The Whole Prey Diet

This diet simulates the proportions of an actual prey animal in a pet’s diet. This includes organ meat heads, fur (and feathers and scales), skin, muscle, and bone, without supplements.
Others feed a diet largely composed of as wide a variety of meats and butchers’ scraps as possible, and table scraps as supplements. Feeding these diets is relatively simple.

Health Benefits

Most pet owners notice improvements in one or more qualities of their companions.

These include:
-shinier haircoat
-eliminated “dog” odor
-better body muscle to fat ratios
-cleaner teeth and breath
-decreased itching
-normalized energy levels
-improved urinary tract health
-better resistance to infections
-increased mobility with a decrease in arthritis pain
-decreased allergy symptoms
-little to no hairballs in cats
-lower stool volume

Most pet owner report lower Veterinary fees (less visits to see me!) and much lower costs feeding their pets.

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I’ve never fed my dogs a raw food diet. I’m keen to hear from pet owners who feed raw food to their dogs. Feel free to leave your comments below.

2 thoughts on “Dog Raw Food Diet: Is It Safe?

  1. Julie Arnold

    I have been feeding a raw diet for almost 10yrs now and am very happy with my pets health on it. Currently I have 4 dogs ranging in ages from 5yrs to 6mths and none of them have ever needed to visit a conventional vet once, and only 1 of them has visited a vet hom. for hormonal imbalances.None of my dogs fed raw have ever needed teeth cleaning, they never get worms and the only times I’ve had to worry about fleas is when a previous girl was ill and when the 5yr old had her hormone imbalance. I would not go back.

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  2. cyndi

    my poor little chinese crested was scratching and chewing all the time and broke out in raised red welts around his neck.after expensive vet visits, needles, pills ,etc. and the problem getting worse [open, oozing sores] i found a web site promoting raw food and suggesting that skin problems around the neck and head were caused by food allergies. i switched to feeding raw chicken with bones every second night and added raw fruit and veggies as treats plus coconut oil. i also began applying coconut oil to the lesions–and they healed! i still feed a top quality kibble 3 meals out of 4, but i believe the addition of raw foods has really improved my dogs health

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