Advantages and Disadvantages of a Raw Food Diet

A raw food diet has been a popular choice for pet parents lately. There are so many different types of pet foods out there! From kibble to raw food, endless brands offer top-quality food to nourish your dog from the inside out. Many pet parents have turned towards a raw food diet for their pets. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to this.

If you want to consider feeding your dog a raw food diet, Cosmic Home N Pet has you covered! Keep reading this blog for more information. 


What Is A Raw Food Diet? 

First, let’s discuss what makes a raw food diet. Raw food consists of organ meats, muscle meats, raw eggs, pet-safe fruits and veggies, bones, and light dairy products such as yogurt. The ingredients in raw food are natural and don’t go through processing like kibble or wet food. You can buy raw food directly from your local pet supply store, or you can make it yourself at home! If you are making it at home, make sure you take the same cleaning precautions as you do when preparing food for yourself. 


What Are The Advantages Of A Raw Food Diet?

By feeding your dog a raw food diet, you can ensure your pup receives the most naturally sourced nutrients. Raw food doesn’t contain preservatives like kibble or wet food. If your dog has a sensitive stomach or allergies, preparing their food yourself means you can avoid ingredients that will harm your dog. Raw food can increase your pet’s vitality improve digestion. A raw diet can also contribute to cleaner teeth, better breath, healthier skin, and coats.

Raw food diets can help strengthen your dogs’ immune systems. Since raw foods are highly digestible, your dog can easily absorb nutrients. 

Consuming crushed bones is a great way to maintain your dogs’ bones! Bones have tons of calcium. Calcium is great for puppies as they grow so quickly. Calcium will help keep your adult and senior pups’ bones healthy. 

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What Are The Disadvantages of a Raw Food Diet?

With any diet, some pros and cons come with it. The first thing to consider is the cost of raw food which can be expensive, especially if you have a bigger dog.

Also, it can be time-consuming preparing your dog’s food, especially if you have a busy life with work, children, and other commitments. 

Preparing raw meat can be risky as well. If you do not prepare it with caution, your dog can get very sick. You run the risk of your dog becoming ill with Salmonella or E-Coli. Raw bones can also pose a choking hazard to your dog (make sure and supervise your pup). You have to take great care to ensure the food you are preparing for your dog is handled correctly to avoid any medical emergencies. 

Lastly, your dog can develop imbalances if you are not diligent about understanding your dogs’ nutritional needs, make sure and do your research. Dog food produced commercially will already have the essential nutrients that a dog needs to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. With a raw food diet, you are on your own in ensuring your feed your dog the right portions so they aren’t missing out on vitamins and minerals. 


When In Doubt Contact Your Vet or a Canine Nutritionist 

If you are not well versed in canine nutrition, it is best to contact someone who can guide you on the matter. You can always start with your veterinarian to see what information or advice they can give you. There is so much information online about what to do or not to do when it comes to feeding your dog a raw food diet that things can become confusing and complicated. Your dogs’ nutritional needs may vary a bit by breed as well. 

Your vet can give you some information on how to care for your dog’s overall health as well. Never do anything unless it is under the supervision of your vet, and they have approved it. 

We do our absolute best to care for our fur babies and ensure they are well taken care of from head to tail. Always do your research when looking to make any changes to your pets’ diet. 



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