Many people wonder if a raw food diet for dogs is the healthy option. They trust the commercial dog food producers and blindly buy tinned food off the shelf. Are they slowly and unwittingly doing their dog harm by feeding them dangerous dog food?
I am a dog owner and I asked myself whether a raw food diet for dogs was the right way to go when it came to feeding my own dog.
My dog is a small cross breed and a fussy eater so I was just happy that she would eat the food I put in front of her.
Then I watched a TV program one day which revealed some information about how commercial dog food is produced including what actually went into it, can dogs eat pears and I have to tell you it made me feel sick.
From then on, I decided not to let my dog eat any of that stuff again. I asked around some friends and they suggested a raw food diet for dogs. Apparently the preparation process that dog food goes through before it is packaged removes most of the nutrients and what is left, isn’t exactly healthy, but raw food still has all the goodness.
I did some of my own research and discovered you can not just switch your dog from one diet to another. You have to gradually introduce the new food over a period of time.
Warning: If you do not do this, the new food can be a shock to the dogs digestive system and it can fall ill.
I suggest you do your own research on this and decide whether a raw food diet for dogs would benefit your dog.
Here are a few things you can start feeding your dog gradually, whilst reducing the commercial dog food you already feed it:
- Raw carrots, peel them and chop them up into small chunks. My dog loves them
- Raw turnip – again peel it and chop up.
- Apples and pears – I leave the skin on these, but ensure I wash them and chop them up quite small.
- Raw beef, lamb and uncooked bones which she loves to gnaw. You can get cuts of meat and bones cheaply from a butcher