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Bones And Raw Food Diet


I believe I read an article that raw meat is good for dogs.


Raw meat is a dog's natural food. A dog's mouth is not designed to chew ground, cooked, extruded kibble that is flavored and colored to please the human senses, and preserved for extended shelf life.


I always thought raw meat had a danger of bacteria, don't they???


To a human, yes. To a healthy dog, no. A dog's stomach acid is exceptionally strong, and is designed to destroy these types of bacteria. In addition, the intestinal tract of a dog is short, and is designed to move food quickly and efficiently through and out.


And also, is it only raw chicken, or all kinds of raw meat you guys feed your dogs (beef, pork, etc.)


I feed raw chicken WITH the bones, turkey with the bones, raw beef, beef kidney, heart, tripe, and a small amount of liver. No pork currently.


Also, is it only BONES, or do you feed actual raw meat?




Is this their regular diet, or a supplement to their regular diet?


Yes, this is the regular diet.


What are the benefits and/or disadvantages of feeding raw meat?
  • A natural raw diet has been shown in many cases to eliminate MANY dogfood-related problems such as:

    • Problems with anal glands
    • Skin problems
    • Allergy problems
    • Weight problems

  • You are not feeding your dog the artificial preservatives and colors contained in many dog foods.

  • The raw diet does not expand in the gut as dry kibble can.

  • Palatability is excellent.

  • There are no rancid or questionable fats.

  • Dogs who "wolf" their food SLOW DOWN.

  • Picky eaters SPEED UP.

  • Condition of dogs on a proper BARF (Bones and Raw Food) diet is amazing. Muscle mass, coat condition, energy levels, are all greatly improved on a raw diet.

  • Dogs on a BARF diet do not require veterinary dental care. The chicken bones and the larger knuckle bones clean the teeth and stimulate the gums naturally.

  • I also find my personal dogs more relaxed and happier on this diet. They get to spend a much larger amount of time processing with their jaws natural food items. This obviously is very mentally satisfying to the dogs.

  • Switch must be done gradually to avoid problems with toxin release. As a dog is switched from a dog food diet to a natural diet, the body releases stored toxins that have built up over a long period of time. The switch must be done very gradually so that the excretory systems can cope with this release.

  • Less convenient. Meat must be found, purchased, and stored properly. It must be thawed completely before use. This requires more thought and time than opening a can or a bag.

  • Vegetables and fruits must also be included. To be assimilated properly, they must be juiced or ground. More time.

  • Traveling with this diet can be difficult, although it can be done. INstead of frozen meat, it can be purchased daily wherever you are.

I am sure there are more disadvantages, but I cannot think of them.


Care to tell us what you feed your dogs?



A couple of good books on the subject are Richard H. Pitcairn's Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide To Natural Health for Dogs and Cats and Ian Billinghurst's Give Your Dog a Bone. Both books are available from Dogwise catalog, (800) 776-2665.

A good Web resource is Bones of Contention.

I have seen so many benefits and improvments in my dogs since they have been on this type of diet, I would never go back.

Comments? Questions? Please drop me a line!