Raw Dog Food Diet 101
At the moment, if a pet owner is on the prowl for a raw dog food diet recipes or meal suggestions, all they have to do is conduct a quick search Google or visit the bookstore nearest them. This is truly testament to the soaring popularity of the raw dog food diet and the interest being shown by pet owners around the world shows no signs of stopping. This demand was only heightened in 2007 when a recall of pet food that had become contaminated by melamine was announced. This affected thousands of pet owners and it profoundly altered the landscape of dog food diets.
But before we go any further, you might be wondering, what exactly is the raw dog food diet? A raw dog food diet is typically composed of the following: muscle meat that remains attached to the bone, a source of dairy (e.g. yogurt), whole or ground bones, fruit, organ meats (e.g. liver or kidney), raw eggs, and veggies.
According to Doug Knueven, DVM of the Beaver Animal Clinic in PA, a raw dog food diet can provide more benefits than a diet that contains processed products. According to some pet owners, they have been feeding their pets raw dog food for several years now and they can’t help but notice the abrupt and positive change in their energy levels, chronic digestive problems, and even coat health and breath.
Some pet owners opt to make the food themselves. They claim that the costs do not come cheap, but the pay-off has been completely worth it in regards to the health of their pets. To compare costs with commercial dry dog food, let us take a look at a 30-pound dog. For such an animal, a pet owner would have shell out $2.50 to $5 a day to feed it a raw chicken diet. On the other hand, commercial dry dog food of a super-premium brand would cost only $1 a day.
But what does research tell us? According to Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, PhD, who oversaw a study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association in 2001, pet owners should be very judicious and informed when it comes to making the decision to switch to a raw dog food diet.
To read more about the BARF diet check out this recent article.