Facts about raw dog food
The reality with raw dog food diets is that they present many risks to dogs
and their humans, without any research showing that they present additional
benefits. Because of how raw dog foods are processed, we have seen much higher
rates of bacterial contamination (within dogs and owners), presenting a risk
for illness that is not worth the uncertain benefits.
We have seen that the high level of animal fat in high-meat diets (which raw
dog food diets are) can be problematic for a dog's digestion, and that this
excess protein must be converted into carbohydrates, due to the lack of any
whole carbohydrates within the meal itself.
The underlying misconception about raw diets is that they must be healthier,
because wild animals are healthier and that is how they eat. Unfortunately,
healthier as their lifestyles may appear, wild animals do not live as long as
our domesticated dogs. And as much as our dogs may remind us of their wild
cousins, they have long-ago adapted to an omnivore's diet and a domesticated
lifestyle that doesn't leave their bodies prepared to handle dangerous
bacteria, nor rough objects found in a raw diet.
Even for dogs that do well on a raw dog food diet, a gently-cooked diet
presents the same nutritious benefits, is free of the danger of contamination,
and balances nutrients more successfully than a meat-heavy raw diet is able