Raw feeding for dogs is the act of feeding your domestic carnivore (dogs, cats, and ferrets to name a few) a diet of raw meat, edible bones, and organs. There are many different diet models to consider with this. But, we evaluate the options on another page HERE.
While this seems simple on the surface. For many, it is still relatively a hard concept to grasp. A lot of this can be attributed to the fact that we have been conditioned to believe otherwise over the last 50 years through creative marketing from large pet food companies. But before that, what would your dog eat in the wild? We all know dogs can't cook!
The short answer is because it’s the natural diet for dogs – wild or domestic. Subtract humans from the equation, and our canine companions would go back to hunting and eating prey animals without any hesitation. Some even do this today, taking down the occasional bunny or squirrel much to their owner’s dismay all while leading a luxurious life as an indoor pet with 2 square meals a day. It’s just their instinct!
The raw feeding community believes that this diet is superior to any kind of cooked or processed foods for pets. Again, this is because it’s what our dogs are designed to eat. Plus, it’s REAL DOG FOOD. Raw diets contain fresh, raw, unprocessed foods that are unadulterated and packed with nutrition. You really can’t beat that.
If you need a human-based comparison, the raw diet for dogs can be closely compared to feeding ourselves in the Paleo or Primal fashion. Which has an emphasis on whole foods- REAL dog foods? A few other common terms that you will find out in the world when talking about a raw diet for dogs are:
If you need further convincing, think back 50-100 years ago when we didn’t even have kibble or canned food as options for our animals. They made it this far. And, arguably, they were better off way back when- prior to the availability of modern processed diets.
Unfortunately, pets today are suffering from the same type of diet-linked degenerative diseases that we are seeing in the human population like cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and many-many other terrible afflictions. These issues do not occur in the wild. Let me say that again, these issues do not occur in the wild. They are a direct result of human influences on their diet.
Regardless of your personal views, raw feeding has been around for thousands of years. Well before the Paleo Diet exploded into mainstream popularity. Or before kibble was even invented. How’s that for ancestral?
Bottom line, raw feeding comes packed full of benefits for your dog. If you’re still curious, you can read more on the benefits of raw feeding, HERE.
Additionally, If you’d like to learn more about the history of modern pet food, please click HERE. It’s pretty interesting.