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Bones And Raw Food Diet
BONES AND RAW FOOD DIET

Q:

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

A:

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.

Q:

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

A:

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.

Q:

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

A:

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.

Q:

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

A:

Both

Q:

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

A:

Yes, this is the regular diet.

Q:

What are the benefits and/or disadvantages of feeding raw meat?
BENEFITS
  • 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.

DISADVANTAGES
  • 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.

Q:

Care to tell us what you feed your dogs?

A:

Sure!

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!