There is much debate over whether feeding your dog raw food is good or bad for the dog. The article is unbiased and aims to provide some facts to begin your research.
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There are two definitive camps regarding raw feeding to dogs. There are those who believe a natural diet has been the staple of dogs for thousands of years and that a modern diet of processed foods do not provide a full nutritional balance. This bad balance is due to the destruction of nutrients during the preparation stage and high volume of grain used. Other dog owners however believe that there is a health risk to dogs and to their human counterpart of feeding raw food. No scientific research has proven that a raw dog food diet has any benefit to the dog, although that argument is controversial in itself as it is believed much of the research has been funded by dog food companies.
There are two approaches raw feeders take; some feed only 100% raw food to their dogs whilst others use raw food to make up for the lack of meat in a processed food diet.
Many people begin to feed their dogs raw food with bones, typically with around 50% meat on them. There are the obvious choke hazards with feeding bones to your dog so whole chunks of meat may be a preferable substitute or only feed the bones in your presence. This style of raw food diet is known as the BARF diet. BARF is an acronym for ‘Bones And Raw Food’ or ‘Biologically Appropriate Raw Food’ depending on who you talk to.
On a BARF diet you would feed the dog various sources of meat, after all before domestication dogs would kill an animal in packs and devour the whole animal until only the skeleton remains. A typical BARF diet may contain chicken breast, chicken legs, wings, oxtail, heart, liver, mince meat and eggs. Alongside the meat you should also feed vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds blended up.
You should also consider how the meat was sourced, is there any point feeding your dog raw meat that has been raised in a factory, taking the natural element away from the food? Not to mention the animal welfare point of view.
I have not fed my own dogs on a raw food diet so these advantages and disadvantages are not from my own experience rather information I have gathered speaking to people who do feed a raw food diet.
This article is just a starting point regarding feeding your dog raw food. Personally I can understand why people choose to feed a raw food diet but also why others choose not to. Do you feed a raw food diet or are you against a raw food diet, let us know with a comment below.