Benefits of a Raw Food Diet for Dogs

When it comes to dog nutrition, a raw food diet refers to any type of food fed to a
dog that is not considered a kibble or a canned dog food. Raw food diets consist
primarily of meats and raw meaty bones, and provide dogs with a number of benefits:

» Natural raw food diets replicate what a dog would eat in the wild.

» The food is not smelly like some commercial foods.

» The stools that are produced are firmer and turn chalky and disintegrate in only a
couple days.

» Dog owners spend less money at the vet because their dog is healthier and happier.

» Puppies don't experience growth spurts when placed on a raw food diet but grow at a regular rate.

» The shoulder jaw, and neck muscles are strengthened by eating raw meaty bones.

Allergies are No Longer a Problem

Dog owners who feed their dogs raw meat diets discover that allergies are no longer a problem as soon as a dog stops eating commercial dog food. In addition, dog owners can better control their pet's weight and doggy scent stops being an issue too. Not only that, dogs that once were lethargic suddenly become more energized when they eat a diet that is raw food based.

Making the Transition from Dry Dog Food to a Raw Food Diet

If you want to wean your dog off of commercial food and start feeding him a raw food diet, you can make the transition in about a couple weeks. To facilitate the process, start by giving your dog dry dog food in the morning and raw food for his dinner at night. If, after receiving raw food at night, your dog refuses to eat kibble before the end of the two weeks, it's time to start feeding him raw food in the morning as well.

Recommendations

Slowly transitioning your pet then means giving him approximately three-fourths of commercial dog food in the AM and a quarter of raw food at night for the first five days. From day six to ten, you'll want to give him 50% kibble in the morning and 50% of the raw food at the evening meal. During day 10 to 14, feed him 25% kibble for breakfast and 75% raw food at night. He should completely be receiving raw food appropriate for his body size and age at the end of the two-week period.

Some Other Points to Remember

When making the transition too, make sure that the raw food is fed at least six hours after the dry dog food. Also important - since you are feeding your dog raw foods, it's essential that you thoroughly clean his bowls after each meal.

Pre-packaged Raw Food Diets are Available Online

Vendors online sell raw dog food mixes, most of which contain a source of protein, organ meat, vegetables, and bone. For optimum nutrition, some dog owners add a vitamin supplement to the packaged meals.