You may have seen this past week that the FDA released a note saying that some of the raw food tested in the U.S. contained salmonella or Listeria bacteria in nearly one-fourth of the samples. Now this isn’t saying that all raw dog food diets are bad but more that people should be aware of the risks associated with raw dog food diets and how to safely feed your dog this way.
We found in a survey of over 1,200 pet owners across the U.S. that 14% said they feed their dog a raw diet. Now this is a lot less than the 38% who feed their dog an organic diet, but nonetheless, this is still a choice that some dog owners make. We found this great article from Dog Food Advisor that outlines some general raw food knowledge and the benefits and downsides of raw food. We learned a thing or two and thought it would be helpful to share with our community.
General Raw Food Knowledge
- A raw food diet is designed to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet
- It is completely natural for a dog’s distant relative the wolf to consume the entire animal
- Dogs are simply not genetically optimized to consume large amounts of carbohydrate
The Benefits of a Raw Diet
Feeding dogs a raw food diet can result in many benefits such as:
- Firmer stools
- Improved digestion
- Healthier skin and coat
- Reduced allergy symptoms
- Better weight management
The Downsides of a Raw Dog Food Diet
- Not as convenient as dry or canned foods
- Bacterial contamination, like salmonella, e. coli and Listeria bacteria
- However, the risk of contracting this is quite low in dogs because of their shorter and more acidic digestive track
- The risk is actually greater for a dog owner who is handling the raw food
Do you feed your dog a raw food diet? What are some of the pros and cons? We’d love to hear from our community!
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.