Raw dog food diets are controversial. But the popularity of the diets -- which emphasize raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables -- is rising, in conjunction with humanity's growing interest in vegetarianism and veganism.
Racing greyhounds and sled dogs have long eaten raw food diets. Extending those feeding practices to the family pet is a more recent idea, proposed in 1993 by Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst. Billinghurst suggested that adult dogs would thrive on an evolutionary diet based on what canines ate before they became domesticated: Raw, meaty bones and vegetable scraps. Grain-based commercial pet foods, he contended, were harmful to a dog’s health.
Many mainstream veterinarians disagree, as does the FDA. The risks of raw diets have been documented in several studies published in veterinary journals. While it costs more, it is also seen to have an impact in avoiding old-age issues and for most dogs it's more beneficial than processed foods.
- Shinier coats
- Healthier skin
- Cleaner teeth
- Higher energy levels
- Smaller stools
- Threats to human and dog health from bacteria in raw meat
- An unbalanced diet that may damage the health of dogs if given for an extended period
- Potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth or cause an internal puncture
Most of our southeast Michigan pet owners have appreciated the wide selection of raw food and treats offered at Wags to Wiskers. Is a raw diet the right move for your dog? Come speak with an associate!