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How to Feed a Raw Diet

In some ways, a raw diet has been controversial. Some Vets claim that a Raw Diet may not be beneficial to your dog’s health, and recommend a typical brand that can be bought over the counter. 

Although controversy is out there, a raw diet is evolutionary. Before we had chain stores to buy bags of dog food from, what did dogs use to eat? It certainly wasn’t dog food in a can. 

So if you do make the decision to switch your dogs to a raw diet, you may notice they have: 

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth 
  • Higher energy levels
  • Smaller stools

If/when you do decide to make the change to feeding your dog a raw diet, we’re here to give you some tips on just how to do that. 

 

Start With the Kibble! 

When you first begin, it’s important to check the labels on the kibbles available. With a long list on the package, sometimes there are some questionable ingredients listed.

When you start looking more closely at the labels, avoid: 

  • Byproducts or non-specific meat sources. This can include words such as “poultry” or “meat,” instead of an animal you’d recognize like: chicken, beef, or lamb.
  • Preservatives in chemical form. Examples include ethoxyquin, BHA, and BHT.
  • Pointless additions. Examples include blueberries or cranberries that are listed at the very end after 20 ingredients you can’t pronounce. Not much nutrition is actually coming from those ingredients. 

There’s plenty of kibble options, so try not to get overwhelmed and just take your time. Inspect the labels and find one you’re happy with!

 

Add in the Eggs!

The first simple step is to crack a raw egg on the kibble. If you want you can also crack an egg in a bowl, mix it up, then pour it on. It’s still raw, but a little more mixed up for your pet.

Do this every meal for a week and see what you see. 

You may notice a loose stool an hour or several later after a vigorously enjoyed meal like this. But this is no cause for concern and completely normal!

Do this for another 3 weeks. 

 

On to the Next Step!

For this step, instead of using a baked kibble, shift to dehydrated food. It’s not technically raw, but it’s closer to raw than the baked kibble. Again, there are several choices available so be patient. 

Check the list of ingredients. You may notice there’s fewer listed. 

When you find one you like, add something raw to it. 

This could be an egg, raw chicken, raw turkey, raw hamburger, or any raw kind of meat. 

Now the fear of salmonella may cross your mind, but let’s go over some facts: 

  • Salmonella is also in dry kibble. Check a few recalls. 
  • Salmonella typically does not affect the animal eating it unless they are ill to start with. It passes through and ends up in the stool. 
  • People can get sick from salmonella, so make sure you are careful when handling this for your dog. This is much more critical if the people who contact pets or their stools are immune compromised. 

As long as you are safe and aware, you and your pet should be fine. 

The process is pretty easy, and your pet will thank you for it. They will feel so much more healthy and look amazing too!

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