At the most basic level, the concept of raw feeding for dogs is that you’re replicating the diet of what dogs likely ate in the wild. While the arguments for and against feeding a domesticated animal a prey diet could spur a debate that lasts well past our lifetime, feeding a raw diet to your dogs embodies a few other basic concepts.
- You are an educated consumer who always wants to know explicitly what is in the food you are feeding.
- The quality of your animals food deserves as much consideration as that we feed people.
- Feeding from a local source helps our community and supports independent store owners.
- Eating a varied, fresh diet consisting of whole ingredients is logically better than a repetitive one source diet.
- Eating a varied, fresh diet should not be prohibitively expensive.
It’s not that raw feeders believe that kibble is evil or that feeding it is mistreatment. Given what we know about the ingredients of commercial dog food and the quality assurance expectations of that food, and considering the numerous recent illnesses and deaths attributed to commercial dog food, maintaining more control over your dog’s diet simply makes sense. Eating kibble is akin to eating the same fast food every day. It wouldn’t kill you, but you might suffer health consequences because of it.
The base of raw feeding is raw meaty bones. Maintaining a calcium (bone) to phosphorus (meat) ratio is at the heart of this concept. Chicken backs, turkey necks… with far less meat on them then you’d imagine. The dog chews the bone, giving them stronger jaws, cleaning their teeth and infusing their diet with the calcium they need, from a natural source. The calcium is just as important as the meat.
Opinion from various vets vary on whether vegetables, organ meat and supplements should be added, and ultimately its you’re responsibility to make this determination. However, the results hopefully obtained from the diet are:
- a better relationship between you and your dog when you replace an always present bowl of food to you “providing” the food.
- better dental health of your dog due to chewing bones.
- reduced risk from external tampering and insecure food sources.
- reduced vet bills and visits from an overall healthier diet
- better maintained, healthier weight.
- pet waste has highly reduced smell, disintegrates naturally, quickly due to high calcium content
No one within the community is a veterinarian and our opinions are not qualified medical opinions. We are all concerned owners from the entire spectrum: breeders, agility competitors, show competitors, assistive animals, and domestic companions. Many vets now embrace the raw concept, particularly in the Valley.