Raw food diets have become all the rage. Almost daily, I come across someone who swears up and down that feeding their dog a raw diet is the absolute best. And I totally get it… Those that support a raw food diet think say that their dogs are getting the nutrition that is most similar to what they would eat in the wild; that their dogs love the taste of the raw food, and that their dogs are getting the nutrition that they need.
Raw food diet supporters say that their dogs reap a number of benefits, such as:
- Thicker, fuller and more lustrous coats
- Healthier skin that is less dry and less prone to allergies
- Cleaner, stronger teeth
- Increased energy levels
- More consistent stool
All of these benefits are great, and for all of you who feed their dogs a raw diet, I say more power to you; however, for me and my pups, a raw food diet just doesn’t work.
Why won’t I feed Sammy and Daisy a raw food diet? Here’s a look at some of the reasons why I will never get on the raw food bandwagon.
To be honest, I just don’t have the time that is necessary to devote to feeding Sammy and Daisy a raw diet. It takes a lot of time, dedication and patience to get it right. You can’t just grab some raw steak and toss it to your dog; you have to be a lot of thought, planning and preparation into a raw diet, and I just don’t have the time to do that. I juggle running my own business and this website, taking care of my pups, and everything else that life throws my way; I just don’t have the time and patience that is necessary to dedicate to doing a raw diet. I would never suggest doing this type of diet, unless you have the time; you could end up doing more harm for your four legged loved one than good.
A raw food diet can get pretty messy. I don’t know about you, but I live in constant fear that my dogs are going to drag their food through the house, and I am going to find pieces of raw steak, chicken and liver all over my house. I’m sorry, but NO THANK YOU! I can’t even begin to explain how grossed out I would be if I found raw meat tucked under either Sammy or Daisy’s bed. Gross!
The Potential Risks
There are a lot of potential risks associated with feeding your dog a raw food diet. Countless veterinarians have pointed out some of the potential risks of this type of diet, which can include:
- Exposure to bacteria in the raw meat
- A diet that is unbalanced, which could be very damaging to a dog’s health, especially if it is consumed for a long period of time
- Whole bones that could be a serious choking hazard, could break teeth, or could puncture the dog internally
A raw food diet can be downright expensive. You need to make sure that you are giving your dog a variety of foods, such as muscle meats, bones, organ meats, raw eggs, fruits, vegetables and even some dairy. You must make sure that you give your pup this variety of food so that you can ensure he or she will get the balanced diet and necessary nutrition that is needed to be healthy. And, if you are going to go raw, you might as well choose organic options foods to ensure that your dog is getting the best food sources possible. In case you didn’t know, buying this huge variety of food, especially if you’re going to go organic, can be quite pricey. I just don’t have that kind of money to spend.
With all of these points, I also have to include that one of the major reasons why I refuse to feed Daisy and Sammy a raw diet is because I just worry. I worry that their health will be impacted; I worry about the mess; I worry about the time it takes; I worry about the cost.
For me and my pups, a raw food diet just doesn’t make sense. If you are considering going this route for your own pups, I wish you the best of luck. I also want to advise you to discuss your choice with your vet before you jump in.