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The Raw Dog Food Recipe

Raw Food for Dogs

The Raw Dog Food Recipe: some love it, some hate it. Is raw food for dogs better than other cooked homemade dog food? Find out more about a raw dog food diet.

Finding a good raw dog food recipe is all the rage these days. Many dog owners believe that the raw food diet for their pets will improve their health.

In particular, there are claims being made that the raw food diet will help boost the immune system, get rid of bad breath, increase energy, keep skin and coat healthy and reduce the fecal volume.

Many professionals feed their animals with raw diets: organizations such as dog racing facilities, mink farms and zoos. These professionals do know of the hazards and nutritional inadequacy of feeding a raw meat diet if not done correctly.

It's important to educate yourself of both the benefits and the risks of raw food for dogs. You need to clearly understand the effects of raw food sources, portion control, and variety. You do not want a raw dog food diet that is not properly managed: you could make your pet very sick.

There are a number of articles on this site that talk about the benefits of using raw food for dogs (balancing proteins with carbohydrates like vegetables). This article is meant to ensure that you recognize there are hazards and there can be negative side-effects of choosing to use raw dog food for your pet.

The benefits of the raw diet typically outshine any negative effects or hazards. But it’s still very important to educate yourself about all the risks (along with the benefits) of feeding your dog raw food.

Raw Food for Dogs or Homemade Dog Food?

Those who advocate a raw dog food diet claim that the health benefits outweigh any risks; and the research does seem to support that claim.

Raw diets are expected to reduce the likelihood of allergies, arthritis and pancreatitis. Raw foods also help promote stronger bones and teeth because the diet provides a more natural source of calcium.

There are some people who feel the research into these claims of benefit are not properly researched and that the claims are over-stated.

However, there appears to be enough research proving benefit, rather than risk. However, before you feed your dog a raw dog food recipe make sure you know and manage the risks.

A homemade dog food recipe or diet can also provide good benefits, and reduced risk (if you cook the meat the bad bacteria is eliminated and the bones will soften). However, with cooking you may reduce the nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, that are sensitive to heat.

Manage Your Dog's Raw Dog Food Recipe and Diet

Some of the risks with raw food are:

  • Choking Hazards
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Gastrointestinal Perforation
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • And Microbial Contamination

The most common raw dog food recipe includes 50 percent raw meat; 25 percent green vegetables and fruit; and 25 percent starch (such as brown rice or sweet potatoes).

Ask the veterinarian who cares for you dog what he or she recommends - your veterinarian will be able to discuss both the benefits and the risks.

If your dog has had health issues eating a commercial dog food diet, switch to homemade dog food or to a raw dog food diet. Make the change for the health of your pet.

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