Is Raw Food Right for My Dog?

posted April 16th, 2010 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

Humans have been jumping on the raw food diet in the last few years; no longer is it only for wealthy A-list celebrities. But now, with more, less expensive food choices, anyone can adhere the diet that is based on unprocessed and uncooked foods.

And with it a craze among humans, it was only a matter of time before it was adapted for canines. But with the diet, questions are raised: should your dog be forgoing cooked meat for raw meat? And, more importantly, is it healthy for them?

A raw food diet for dogs consists of uncooked meat, edible bones and organs.

There are two types of diets:

The Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods diet, or BARF, is made up of a percentage of raw meaty bones, fruits and vegetables, eggs and dairy.

The Prey model diet mimics a prey, with the food consisting of organ meat, muscle, bone and blood.

Proponents of the raw food diet tend to believe commercial dog food can be harmful to their health, and the raw food helps keeps the animal’s fur, teeth and breath healthy. Opponents, on the other hand, say a raw diet lacks proper nutrition and increases the likelihood of foodborne illnesses in pets.

For its part, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not support a raw food diet for dogs, saying raw meats can have significant health risks,

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