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It’s understandable to want to change your pet’s diet to something more traditional – raw meat to be exact. They used to be predators before they were domesticated after all. But you should know that following a raw meat diet comes with its set of disadvantages.
Although a controversial path to follow, raw food diets are becoming more and more popular amongst pet parents. With a pick of raw meat, bones, vegetables and fruits, the raw meat diet also has its benefits. But do the cons outweigh the pros? Let’s find out.
Benefits of the raw food diet:
- Healthier skin
- Shinier coats
- Higher energy levels
- Cleaner teeth
- Smaller stools
Because our pets used to be wild predators who had to survive on eating raw meat before they were domesticated, they could also benefit greatly from a diet change. However, you should still be aware of the potential risks that a raw food diet could pose.
Risks of the raw food diet:
- The bacteria in raw meat could prove to be threat for both dogs and their human owners.
- Raw foods are usually imbalanced. They usually have an imbalance of one nutrient or another. Our pets need a lot of nutrients and minerals to function properly. An imbalance could in these nutrients could pose further health risks for our beloved pets.
- Raw bones could cause dire health conditions like an internal puncture resulting in internal bleeding. The bones could also break teeth leading to periodontal disease when left untreated. It could even choke your pet if the bone is too large or sharp to swallow all at once.
What is a dog raw food diet?
It usually consists of:
- Muscle meat that’s still on the bone
- Healthy organ meats like kidneys and livers
- Bones that are either ground or whole
- Raw eggs
- Apples, and other fruits
- Vegetables like celery, spinach, and broccoli
- Dairy products like yogurt.
A lot of animals find raw food diets more beneficial to them than processed foods. However, the risks should also be taken into careful consideration before you go ahead with the new diet. You should also talk to your vet about this big change and see what he has to say. He might even recommend some food labels to get you started.
The benefits of a raw food diet might outweigh the risks. However, these risks could eventually progress into more serious health conditions. More often than not, we take a while to catch something wrong with our pets. It takes a while for us to tell whether they’re hurting or suffering internally. They can’t communicate directly to us and we’re not experts at animal language so their pain could become severe until we notice that something is wrong.