Raw Feeding Updated on: March 26th, 2019

Raw feeding is the practice of feeding domestic dogs and cats a diet consisting primarily of uncooked meat, edible bones, and organs. The ingredients that are used to formulate raw diets can vary, but most raw feeders generally follow prey model raw (PMR) or BARF feeding.

why we feed

Dogs are 99.9% related to wolves and dogs are carnivores. Although dogs have since been domesticated, the way their bodies were designed has not changed. Their teeth and jaws are meant to rip and tear flesh as well as crack bones. Their digestive tract is meant to process raw meat, not extruded, processed carbohydrate-filled food such as kibble. The benefits of feeding raw are endless, but some of the most common are: healthy skin and shiny coat, clean teeth and fresh breath, firmer/smaller/less stinky poo, increased vitality, better digestion, regulates a healthy weight, helps control/cure allergies and intolerances.

how to feed

Some raw feeders prefer to buy pre-made, commercial raw from their local pet store because it is more convenient and has already been balanced for the consumer. Pre-made, commercial raw is a great place to start, but can get expensive. DIY raw feeding is much more common these days as it's much cheaper and you know exactly what is going into your pet's bowl. Sourcing for DIY raw feeders is usually the harder part, which is why some raw feeders prefer the pre-made route. DIY raw feeders source their own muscle meat, edible bone and organ meat and properly balance the weight and nutrients based off their own dog.

Additional info

Only around 80 years ago were dogs introduced to kibble, before then dogs were eating scraps of meat, organ and bone. Raw feeding is the healthiest, most natural approach to feeding a dog and it does not have to be expensive or inconvenient. Raw food has helped dogs with allergies and intolerances because dogs are not meant to break down starchy carbohydrates therefore their body reacts when they do.