The popularity of raw food diets for humans comes and goes, but at least we can choose if we want to follow them and forgo all cooked food, including pasta. We can always change our minds or decide to cheat every once in a while. Raw food diets for dogs generate as much controversy and debate with one difference – a dog can’t speak up and tell us what they prefer.
It’s even a controversy with veterinarians, as some have come out for it and some are against. We all love our dogs and want the best for them. That’s why we’re trying to avoid these pet feeding mistakes, no matter how much they beg for that extra treat. Now we have to wonder if we should put our dogs on the Paleo diet.
Raw Food Diet vs. Commercial Diet
While sled dogs and racing greyhounds are often fed such diets, is it the right thing for your dog? Those who favor the approach feel that it is a more natural way of feeding than canned or dry commercial pet foods. They contend that it is close to the diet the domestic dog’s wild ancestors would have eaten. And that it contains better ingredients that lead to better health, shinier coats, cleaner teeth, higher energy levels, and more.
Those who are against it feel that there are health risks associated with feeding raw meat and veggies. These risks include bacterial infection, sub-par nutrition, and injuries from splintered bones. They also fear that eating an unbalanced diet for an extended period will damage the dog’s health.
So, GR8NESS community, we want to know what you think. Is it good for a dog to eat only uncooked meat, vegetables, and fruit? Or should they stick to a diet of canned or kibble? Take the poll and let us know.