Raw diets can reduce odor, improve oral health, increase stimulation, improve digestion, produce less stool, improve skin/coat, decrease vet bills, strengthen the immune system, provide a leaner body mass, improve risk of degenerative disease as well as arthritis.
A raw diet provides a range of health benefits that commercial dog food diets could never hope to even closely match. Dogs are carnivores and are considered "non-obligatory" carnivores meaning in short, they can get by on whatever they consume for the most part but is that enough? Should our dogs just survive or should they thrive? Dry pet food is considered "acceptable" nutrition but it is not the best nutrition. All to often pet owners are reluctant to switch their pet to a raw diet in fear their pets won't get enough vitamins and minerals please click the link and read about the vitamin and mineral content in animal proteins.
Meats are high in phosphorus bones are high in calcium. When meat is fed with 10% bone you have the exact ratios of calcium to phosphorus required by a dog. Organ meat should not exceed 10% of the diet overall and 5% of that should be liver (beef liver has the highest nutrient levels). Feed liver once a week or several small servings per week. Ensure you do not over due the amount of liver you feed. Dogs can get a condition called hypervitaminosis A or an overdose of vitamin A if fed excessive amounts of liver. Symptoms of a vitamin A overdose can include bone deformity, bone spurs on the dogs legs or spine that cause him to limp, digestive upsets, muscle weakness, stiffness or weight loss. If you suspect your dog may have a vitamin A overdose, seek medical assistance immediately. As long as you stick to only feeding 5% you will have no problems
NEVER feed cooked bones of any type. When bones are cooked, they become harder and are dangerous as they can splinter and pierce the stomach or intestines. Raw bones are soft enough to bend and digest easily. Avoid the weight bearing leg and knuckle bones of large animals such as beef as these bones are very dense and dangerous to your dog's teeth. Remember! ALL bones must be fed raw this is very important. Do not put ground meats with bone or raw meaty bones in the microwave to defrost.
Carbohydrates, in particular grains are not a natural part of your dog's diet and we do not recommend they form any part of it. Dogs do not have the ability to digest grains properly so instead an extra strain is put on the liver as it has to produce more bile to break down the insoluble fiber. Grains suppress the immune system and are mucous forming. They provide an ideal environment for parasites to thrive in. Grains also contribute to the formation of dental plaque and tartar on the teeth as well as bad breath.
The benefits of raw will be seen in your pet's health happiness and overall well being and for that they will thank you.
You may have heard of dogs “detoxing” when they first start a raw diet. This all depends on the current health levels of the dog, particularly how many toxins it has been exposed to and this in particular includes the number of vaccines, heartworm medications, flea preventatives etc they have been given which all have chemicals in them that are difficult for the dog to expel from the body. With the increased health that raw provides occasionally this build up of toxins will start to be excreted usually through the body's largest organ the skin. This will usually present itself as an unexplained itchy skin, itchy ears with or without discharge and runny eyes. These are all signs that the body is cleaning itself naturally and no oral steroid or injections, antibiotics or topical treatments are needed.