When Raw Dog Food
is a Bad Choice

Even though I'm a raw foodist when it comes to my canines, sometimes raw dog food is the wrong choice and here's why.

My granddog Jager waiting for the signal to retrieve once more from the muddy creek

Feeding your dog a raw diet does NOT mean giving him meat  alone. Hang with me for a bit here because I hate to see dogs fed  kibble - but if you don't know your stuff, kibble is a better choice.

Why?

You would not believe the emails I get from people who think they are intelligent and feeding their dogs correctly. I've cried over this stuff more than I care to admit.

These dogs are having health issues because their pet parents 'heard' about a meal plan without doing any homework at all!

Feeding a carnivore lentils, beans, cheese, peanut butter, apples, bananas or rice as examples have absolutely no health benefits.

Incomplete Raw Dog Food Diets

Let me give you some examples. If you only feed these things, you are going wrong. Even if you give supplements, they won't provide what your dog is missing.

  • meat and grains
  • meat, grains and fruits
  • meats, grains, fruits and vegetables
  • a vegan diet - which will eventually kill a dog

Do I sound confusing? Well, here's the deal. Humans think of meat as what we eat, which is 90% or more muscle meat. You know, hamburger, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, steaks, pork etc.; but muscle meat does not have enough nutrients.

Each part of an animal has a different composition of nutrients.


The Whole Prey Raw Dog Food Concept

There is a reason for the whole prey model, which does not mean to throw your dog a carcass every day. Here are a few examples:

  • Muscle meat has needed phosphorus which is useless without calcium (as in bones).
  • Organ meat is highly nutritious and balances out with the meat and bones. Liver as an example is a good source of vitamin A, iron, zinc, copper and manganese, and a very good source of protein, vitamin D, vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, phosphorus and selenium. Each organ has it's own attributes.
  • While not yummy to us (because westerners no longer have variety) every part including head, brains, necks, feet have something to offer so the more variety the better.


There is an Ancient Healing Method

An ancient healing method which is still used today is feeding the part of an animal that we or our dogs are lacking health in.

For instance, when I was a kid I got mononucleosis. My mom wasn't a big believer in drugs or man-made vitamins so I 'got to' eat liver every day and I recovered. (Mono stemming from a weak liver)

Arthritis is a  joint problem right? Joints break down with the loss of connective tissue and cartilage usually said to be glucosamine and chondroitin. The feet of chicken and ducks are full of the stuff and it's totally natural.

I'm not an expert on all the nutrients by any means, but I don't have to be if I serve different parts of different animals for variety.


So What's the Point?

The point is, as much as I don't like processed foods with man made vitamins and minerals, they work to a point so if you can't provide the variety your dog needs, go back to kibble.

At the very least, raw dog food must have muscle meat, raw meaty bones and organs. A dollop of presoaked rolled oats, and  veggies are fine. Fruits should never be a regular part of a dog diet. Like white rice and pasta, the body simply converts them to sugar.  I think we have more than enough diabetic dogs already.