Dogs have adapted to live longer with commercial dog food.
Dogs are not thriving on commercial food as evidenced by the rise in periodontal disease, skin conditions, allergies, diabetes, obesity, cancer etc. Most of these diseases have connections to processed food. Our pets are actually living longer due to advances in medical care.
A raw diet is not balanced.
The pet food industry perpetuates the myth that that “ pets need complete and balanced nutrition in every meal.” A pet that is fed a diet that includes a variety of meat, bones and organ meats will get the right nutrition but each meal does not have to be perfectly balanced.
A raw diet is inconvenient and expensive.
Raw will always be more work than pouring kibble into a bowl. But there are many balanced, pre-portioned thaw and serve options that make feeding raw just as easy.
Bacteria in raw meat is dangerous to my dog.
Healthy dogs have lysozyme in their saliva. It’s an enzyme that destroys harmful bacteria. They also have a short digestive tract that is designed to push bacteria through quickly without time to establish.
Most documented cases of severe bacterial infection are from kibble fed animals (there have been a number of kibble recalls) or those suffering from reactions to vaccines.
Bones are dangerous for my dog.
Cooked bones are dangerous as they become indigestible and brittle. Raw bones are chewable, fully digestible and not dangerous as long as you supervise your dog while eating.
Feeding raw makes a dog bloodthirsty.
Dogs are carnivores and they are predators by nature. They have a natural taste for meat and tendency to hunt for prey. However, their prey drive has nothing to do with their diet but their breed and how they have been trained. For years dogs fed a raw diet have peacefully coexisted with their fellow pack members and humans.