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What is Raw Dog Food Diet

Could you do without feeding your dog raw food? Whether your answer is yes or not, remember that raw dog foods are just what they are - raw foods. Raw feeding is the opposite of feeding your dog processed foods. It's just giving your a dog a healthy and natural meal without all the chemicals which most dogs consume along with commercial and highly processed foods.

Of course you don't have to feed your dog raw foods for it to stay alive and well but many people swear by raw dog foods and even assert that it's compatibility isn't affected by it's adverse risks. I won't tell you if I doubt this claim or not (as many have done) but just take note of it. Now to raw dog food diet pros and cons.

Pros of Raw Dog Food Diet

Okay first, you might want to know that animal products used in pet foods are by-products (obviously not in all cases) and not the most useful parts of the animal. Also, the chemical preservatives (which sometimes contain cancer-causing substances) are just not important or beneficial to your dog.

Some dog foods contain a rice by-product that has no value nutritionally so unless a dog food is made of whole grain, stay away. But grain is not that important in a dog food and can be excluded without any ill effects. Raw and consequently natural dog foods don't contain those unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. Specifically speaking, here are the advantages of raw dog foods:

1. More healthy.

2. Fight against allergies, cancer, obesity, heart disease, etc

3. Healthier coat.

4. Cleaner breath and teeth.

5. Lesser stool volume and less smelly stool.

6. Contains essential enzymes for good digestion and nutrient absorption.

7. Better overall health (can't list all the benefits here lol!)

Cons of Raw Dog Food Diet

The cost of raw dog foods doesn't outweigh the benefits but should be considered. Purchasing meat from a local grocery store definitely costs more than ordering some kibbles or canned foods from Amazon. Stomach irritation is another con but can be worked around by slowly switching up the foods instead of outright giving your dog raw food after feeding him a processed one just a day ago.

Also, it takes time to prepare raw foods and cleaning the feeding mess your dog makes while eating raw foods just isn't easy. Here are other cons:

1. Perceived development of a stronger desire for human foods, such as bananas.

2. Feeding your dog raw food while on a journey isn't practical.

3. You might be inadvertently confronting your vet since the debate about the feeding of raw foods to dogs is a matter of opinion, and not all vets will agree to it.

4. Intestinal perforations.

5. Unbalanced nutrition.

6. Foodborne illnesses (germs and bacteria spread through raw foods because they are most of the time, not properly handled.

Can You Find a Balance?

Likely impossible. Check with your vet to ascertain if mixing raw and processed foods is possible/advisable but I wouldn't do that. If the idea of feeding your dog raw meat, raw vegetables, or raw already-prepared and packaged food (e.g K9 Natural Lamb Supreme Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food) appeals to you, then seek advice from your vet and give it a go.

If it doesn't, fine. It's not like your dog is going to die or something if he doesn't eat raw/100% natural foods. Premium processed dog foods have less disadvantages and are safer than cheap ones. So give them a thought if you choose to continue with processed foods.

Getting The Top Dog Foods (plus my conclusion)

There are many places where you can purchase dog foods but it's advisable to read reviews of dog foods first. Dog food reviews can help you define the quality of a dog food before buying.

I hope this article on raw dog food diet pros and cons have helped you at least a bit. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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