I think we can all agree that when it comes to our canine loves, we want the absolute best for them. However, western society is changing rapidly. Many people are looking into better ways of eating, specifically in the food realm. Which brings us to one of the most controversial topics in the canine community – Should I switch my dog to a raw food diet?
For decades, dog owners everywhere, have grabbed a bag of chow from their favorite grocer during their weekly trip. What does conventional kibble give us? It is a quick and easy way to feed our canine, it is relatively safe, and using store bought kibble is typically recommended by most veterinarians. It has also been heavily advertised and marketed as the best choice for dog feed.
The Problem with Kibble
One major issue that has developed in recent years is the regulation and quality assurance of ingredients and handling of conventional kibble. Dry dog food companies are not closely monitored or checked by the FDA. Meaning, dog food manufacturers could grind up and package whatever they would like, with the obvious standards in place such as not including human remains, and call it dog food. In fact, the many recalls on tainted dog food are not typically for the affects they have on dogs themselves but its affect on humans when owners are handling the food. For this lack of accountability, it makes a conscious dog owner take a second look and consideration of what they feed their canine family member. It wasn’t until the mid to late 1800’s that “dog cakes” also known as dry dog food was introduced, pushed, and marketed. Before that, what were people feeding their dogs?
Prior to the creation of dry dog food, domesticated dogs ate whatever their owners gave them. For example, owners would feed their dogs scraps straight from the table, allow the dog to run loose in their rabbit, squirrel, and raccoon-infested prairie and catch their own dinner, or serve them up some veggies, broth, beans, and meat from dinner. If we take a look at the domesticated canines ancestry, we find a history of an omnivore diet that relies heavily on meat consumption. A raw food diet provides a dog with many essential nutrients that come from animal meat, it also encourages dental health by requiring extensive chewing.
The Problem with a Raw Food
One major issue with providing your house pet with a raw food diet is the increased risk and exposure to bacteria to the humans in the household. Thus, an owner would have to take more precaution when handling their dog food. Another issue is the necessity of prior planning. Since a raw food diet requires an array of meat, bone, and vegetable options, an owner must buy a variety of meats and vegetables in advance. Similarly, a conscious owner would want to check the quality of meat and vegetables they are purchasing.
Do what you think is best for you, your home, and your pet. Both diets come with their benefits and their consequences, it is up to you to research and conclude what is best.
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