Benefits of Natural Raw Diet for Dogs

April 20, 2019 7 min read

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The Health Benefits Of A Species Appropriate Raw Diet For Dogs

Dogs are carnivores. They should be eating a diet of predominantly meat. Importantly, it should also be raw. Animals didn't cook their food when they lived in the wild. Your dog needs raw muscle meat, organs, fatty tissue, bones, and a small amount of carefully selected fruits/vegetables. When we feed them this way, we can observe first hand the tremendous benefits of raw dog food.

The Benefit of Raw Diet For Dogs:

  • Major changes in poop size & smell!
  • Shiny, smooth, and oil-free coats
  • Flake-free and itch-free skin
  • Chronic allergies and infections subside and/or disappear
  • White teeth, free of tartar, and dental disease
  • Decreased visits to the vet
  • Odorless breath and body
  • Improved energy and vitality
  • Mental stimulation from working at mealtimes

Healthy Poop

Improvement in your dog’s stool is one of the first things that a new raw feeder comments on to other dog owners and friends.

Not only will there be less of it, but it will also be much much easier to manage (firm vs loose).

Kibble is full of fillers and carbs that your dog doesn't need. So, when you switch your dog's diet, they will be utilizing almost all of what they eat. Raw fed dogs go less often meaning there is much less that ends up in the yard! Whatever does end up in the yard will dry up and crumble into the soil in a matter of days! This makes yard cleanup duty a breeze!

Raw fed dog owners often comment on their dog’s stool smelling less foul. It is still poop, but you will notice the benefit once you see and smell it! After, you will be able to pick out a kibble or can-fed dog because dogs who are not on a raw diet typically have soft-loamy stools that stink to high heaven!

Related: What Is A Healthy Poop And What Isn't

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Healthy Skin & Coat

Despite what you see portrayed on the endless sea of bags, cans at the pet store, and on TV commercials, many dogs that are fed commercial diets have a dull, lackluster appearance to their coats. Similar to how we need certain nutrients to keep our skin and hair healthy, the same is true for your dog. Instead of fancy salon treatments, feed them a raw diet!

A raw fed dog’s coat will be smooth and shiny.

Dogs fed canned or kibble typically have oily and smelly coats. We have all encountered dogs like this and they generally leave you with a greasy film on your hands that you can smell for hours. Not good for either party.

Thankfully, even these dogs will see an improvement in their coat once they transition to a raw food diet. The oily feeling and odor will subside over time and a much nicer-smoother coat will emerge.

Another common problem that many dogs on traditional diets have is skin problems. Many of them have dry-flaky skin much like dandruff in humans. Others have itchy skin that they keep scratching or licking, driving their owners mad.

While not all skin issues are a result of diet, dogs eating a raw diet will have a more robust and healthy immune system. This will ultimately lead to skin and coat improvements.

Allergy Relief & Reduced Allergies

It’s crazy to think about, but allergies have become a sort of disease of civilization that isexacerbated by man-made foods and can stem from processed foods.

This is true for both humans and dogs. While some of us and our pets may have sensitivities to a few environmental factors, almost all allergies are related to the food we consume.

Food allergies can cause digestibility issues, skin issues, reoccurring ear/eye infections, and much more

Some animals have even developed allergies to cooked proteins but not the raw ones.

Consider for a moment the “chicken allergy” epidemic present today. If you were to poll pet parents, conservatively, we would venture that almost 9 out of 10 pet parents would say that their dog has or had a chicken allergy. This is just ridiculous!

Once on a raw dog food diet, most dog owners are amazed to see their dog’s previous allergies clear up completely. The mind is blown!

Read More:Allergies & The Raw Diet.

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Fresher Breath

Dogs that are fed commercial dry or canned foods have poor dental hygiene. Their poor dental hygiene will not always be apparent in their younger years, but the starchy ingredients eventually start to accumulate and cause tartar buildup.

Eventually, kibble and canned foods will lead to dental disease.

Dental disease in dogs is a serious matter which can lead to absconded roots and teeth that need to be extracted.

Infections in the mouth can also cause more serious secondary infections elsewhere in the body.

To top this off, teeth cleanings are not cheap and can be dangerous when opting to take the sedation route.

In order to negate as many dental issues as possible for pets being fed a traditional diet of canned or kibble, proper preventative care is necessary, such as brushing the dog's teeth, providing dental chews, and ideally recreational bones.

In the wild, wolves’ teeth are pearly white despite not seeing the dentist or a toothbrush! This is because they are eating a natural raw diet.

The good news is that your dog can have the same pearly white teeth as their wild relatives too if you feed them a raw diet. No more brushing, fancy dental chews, or expensive trips to the doggie dentist. No work on your part.  

The key here is, when feeding a raw diet, there aren't any unnecessary sugary or starchy components that you find in kibble or canned food. Components that promote tartar formation.

Their diet should just be fresh raw meats and select fruits and vegetables. If you add recreational raw meaty bones to your dog’s diet on top of raw dog food, you will further accelerate their teeth’s return to their natural state.

Every time they rip, shred, tear, and crunch down on bones, they are receiving thorough teeth cleaning.

Crunching and grinding bones naturally scrape and remove plaque and tartar from the teeth!

Cali Raw Bones for dogs are great because they have some meat to enjoy. Our bones also come frozen which is great as a refreshing treat during the hot summer.

Read More:Which Bones Are Safe For My Dog?

Fewer Vet Visits

The best way to look at raw feeding is as an upfront investment in your dog’s overall and long-term health. Your dog will be far healthier and happier when eating a biologically appropriate raw diet.

When a dog eats this way, they absorb all the nutrients from their food making their immune system, digestive system, and other bodily functions stronger.

All of this will pay off over time as your dog will need less veterinary care and avoid contracting more serious diseases as they age.

While this is difficult to think about, most dogs fed a traditional diet their entire lives die in agony due to some degenerative disease, like cancer, or are in poor health. They are in pain up until the day their owners make the heart-wrenching decision to put them down. Dogs fed a raw diet will remain healthy up until the end, and pass peacefully in their sleep.

I know what way I’d like to go if I were a dog.

Reduces Odors

Everyone knows that dogs can sometimes be a little smelly (us humans, too). But, they are not supposed to smell bad all the time.

Animals in good health do not have bad odors.

Owners who feed their dogs a raw dog food diet report that previous bad breath and coat odors dissipate significantly with time. Now, this doesn’t mean that your dog will walk around smelling like a bouquet of flowers!It’s more of an absence of smell.

Raw fed dogs are also less gassy. This is because their bodies are digesting things that they are meant to eat. Not inappropriate items like grains, starchy vegetables, or high fiber items that upset their tummies.

Better Energy & Vitality

If you have younger dogs, you’re probably trying to find ways to get rid of their excess energy. But, regardless of age, all dogs experience improved energy and vitality when they switch to a raw diet.

The energy that they receive from food will also be more evenly distributed throughout their day because it is no longer subject to huge peaks and valleys with blood sugar.

Traditional dog diets are very high in carbohydrates and cause insulin spikes in response to blood sugar spikes.

Owners of old dogs also report that their senior now acts and plays like a puppy again. You may even see your dog start to engage in new behaviors like more active sniffing around the house/neighborhood or interest in things/toys that he/she was not interested in before. It’s amazing what happens when we start to fuel them the way that they are designed to be fueled.

Mental & Physical Exercise

One of the benefits for dog owners, when they switch their dog's diet to raw, is how excited their companion gets at mealtime.

We hear comments all the time about how their dogs just are not that food motivated. What proves true in almost all of these instances is that their dogs just are not excited about what they are eating! You and I wouldn’t get that excited about the same bland-tasting meal from a bag every day, twice a day, for the rest of our lives either.

There is also a high degree of mental stimulation that occurs when your dogs eat a raw diet.

It gets them back in tune with their nature. It’s primal, and they feel like a dog again!

Moreover, they are typically satiated after their meal. This isn’t always the case on a traditional diet due to the high level of carbohydrate (sugar) in the food. Just like humans, carbs burn fast and we’re hungry again in a short time. Sound familiar?

Read More: 12 Reasons To Start Raw

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