Raw Diet For Dogs

by Pet Coupon Savings on September 7, 2013

Raw diet for dogs? Just about every pet owner wants the best for their dog. Our dogs are a part of our family and we want to feed them on the best diet possible. Take one look at the ingredients in popular dog food brands and you might be left unsure of what you are giving your dog. If you spend some time researching dog nutrition, you probably come across the term raw diet for dogs. The raw diet is all the rage within the pet community right now. But what is a raw diet and is it good for your dog?

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What is a Raw Diet for Dogs?

A raw diet means your dog is getting bones, raw meat, vegetables and fruits. There are many different reasons pet owners are choosing a raw food diet. Some owners believe that due to several recent pet food recalls, they can now be in control of what their pet eats. While others simply believe that a natural diet is best for the dog. Whatever the reason is owners should do their research to determine what is best for their pet.

Benefits to a Raw Diet for Dogs

If you are considering feeding your dog a raw food diet you will be happy to know there are several benefits.

  • Shinier Coat. It is said that dogs who eat a raw diet have a shinier coat and healthier skin. Dogs that have skin conditions, usually do very well on a raw food diet.
  • Better Hygiene. The overall hygiene of your dog can improve after starting him or her on a raw food diet. You will most likely see cleaner teeth, smaller stools, better doggy breath and an overall better dog smell.
  • More Energy. Some dogs naturally have a lower energy level than others. Starting your dog on a raw food diet can help to improve a dogs energy level. This is great when you have an overweight dog that needs more energy to exercise.
  • Control. You are in full control of what your dog is eating. You do not have to worry about additives or pet food recalls.

Cons to a Raw Diet for Dogs

While most pet owners that are feeding their dog a raw diet will disagree that there are any cons. However, there are some potential cons that are worth mentioning.

  • Bacteria. Anytime you are handling raw meat you have a risk of coming into contact with bacteria. Bacteria found in raw meat can easily harm a human and possibly your dog. Anytime you are feeding your dog raw meat, sanitation should be your number one priority.
  • Bones. Chicken bones and other small bones can cause your dog harm. Dogs have been known to choke on bones or puncture internal organs. Take caution when giving your dog bones.

Now that you know more about a raw diet for dogs, are you ready to feed a raw diet? Why or why not?

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Jason September 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I don’t think it would work for me, because my dog is not that fond of fresh fruits and veggies.

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Pet Coupon Savings September 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Thanks for your thoughts Jason.

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Allyson Bossie September 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

We don’t feed our dog raw because I have free range chickens and he would kill them if he had raw meat. However, I feed him a totally grain-free, filler free meat only diet from Taste of the Wild. It contains no by products and is completely bison and venison. It’s the next best thing. Just like raw diet, his feces goes back to the earth within a couple of days, and he has no fleas.

Also, all joint inflammation caused by grains is gone, his skin disorder caused by grains is completely gone, and he has so much energy compared to how lethargic and “old” he had gotten. Most people don’t realize that dogs are carnivores and things like corn, rice, grains, and wheat are very very bad for dogs!

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Pet Coupon Savings September 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Thank you for sharing Allyson! I appreciate your input. Glad your dog’s skin and joint issues have cleared up from a change of diet.

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tabitha vos September 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

This might work for at least one of my dogs, she constantly has hot spots and skin problems. Great post!

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Pet Coupon Savings September 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Thank you Tabitha! I would suggest maybe trying a grain free or hypoallergenic diet for your dog: http://petcouponsavings.com/hypoallergenic-dog-food/.

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Teresa September 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

We’ve thought of making our own dog food, but I wouldn’t go as far as raw meat because of bacteria concerns, etc. Interesting to know that people even do that!

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Pet Coupon Savings September 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Thanks for stopping by Teresa!

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Susan Smith September 10, 2013 at 6:32 AM

No I wouldn’t switch to a raw diet for my dog. It sounds expensive and I’m not convenced they would be getting all of the nutrients they needed.

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Pet Coupon Savings September 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Great points Susan. Thanks for stopping by!

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Renee Fischer (@ReneeFischerGGM) September 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

we tried raw for cats i nthe past and they refused to eat it until it was cooked. due to the price of meat in the stores, we buy cat \food. but we choose food without filelrs, corn, or wheat. and he seems healthier for it.

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Pet Coupon Savings September 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Thanks for sharing Renee! Glad you found what works best for your cats. :)

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Miki Baxter September 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

We’re considering a dog again in the future and this definitely gives me something to consider for our future pet.

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Pet Coupon Savings September 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Thanks for stopping by Miki.

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