Raw Food Diets

          Have you ever considered putting your dog on a raw food diet?  This has become more and more common in pet owners because it takes your furry friend back to their natural food source.  During this article we’ll discuss the advantages of a raw diet, different foods you can incorporate into the diet, and the vitamins/nutrients found in said foods.

          Although dry kibble may be the cheapest way to feed your dog, there are some serious health benefits to feeding your dog a raw diet that could save you vet bills in the future.  The main benefit is that feeding your four-legged friend raw food will keep them from gaining weight.  Most kibbles contain 40% – 60% carbohydrates, while a raw diet will contain very little, if any, carbs.  There is also research coming out that low carb diets can slow or prevent the spread of cancers in dogs.  So, because obesity and cancer are two very large causes for dogs not having as long of a life as they maybe could, it makes sense to put them on a diet that will help prevent these chronic issues.

          So, what exactly does a raw diet consist of?

  • Chicken, hamburger, and turkey – contains large amounts of protein as well as other essential vitamins and minerals
  • Whole fish – contains omega-3 fatty acids which provides a healthy coat and skin
  • Apples, mangos, and peaches – contains vitamin C, calcium, and dietary fibers
  • Yogurt – contains protein and vitamins which keep your dog’s bones strong
  • Organs (livers, kidney, and hearts) – high source of vitamins A, B, D, and E, along with minerals like copper, iron, and zinc
  • Raw eggs – full of amino acids and fatty acids, therefore great for your dog’s coat and skin
  • Broccoli, celery, and spinach – contains minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium, along with phytonutrients

Although changing to a raw diet may be very beneficial to your dog, sometimes it just doesn’t work for your budget or schedule. If you don’t want to commit to starting a raw diet due to finances or time, you could start out small by feeding your dog a raw chicken quarter. You can send the chicken through a grinder and serve it on the side along with your dogs kibble. The chicken will help your dog in many aspects such as having better breath, a better coat and skin, get rid of/prevent UTI’s, and help decrease shedding.

If you have any questions about anything in regards to your dogs diet, feel free to reach out to us here at Puppy List and we’d be happy to help!