Raw dog food – the debate!

I’ve always eaten kibble, as have all Mums’ previous dogs.  I currently eat grain-free kibble from Costco.

Mum and Dad switched me to this one a while back as I didn’t really like my previous grain-free kibble, but I always wanted to eat my buddy Cosmo’s dinner (who lives next door).

Lately though, Mum and Dad have started to wonder whether they should switch me to a raw diet?

They’ve seen a lot of talk about the benefits, on some of my online pals blogs and also elsewhere, so they’ve decided to really look into it.

 

"Is anyone going to ask my opinion on what I'd like to eat?"

“Is anyone going to ask my opinion on what I’d like to eat?”

 

Mum and Dad have lots of questions, such as -

How would I benefit from eating raw food?

Is it a lot of hassle?

What do we do when we travel?

How do you store it?

Is it really expensive?

Where do you get it and is it all the same?

Will Mum freak out when she sees it (she’s vegetarian!)?

Now, I know my online buddies are a wealth of information, so I told Mum I’d ask you all for your input -

Have any of you tried feeding raw food?

Has anyone researched it and decided against it?

Does anyone do a combination of feeding, using some raw food?

I’d love to get feedback (including any links with information) from all angles on this topic so Mum and Dad are fully informed and can discuss it with my vet….

And, before I go, I don’t normally post on a Friday, but come back this Friday as I’ll have a special post as part of K9 Kamp that’s about to start – And of course, it’s not quite the post I was planning to write, cos things are always a surprise around here – tune in to see what the excitement was! :)

It’s all about getting fit with your humans – there are some pawsome prizes not to be missed! :)

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Comments

  1. Great questions! I’ll look forward to seeing what you decide to go with. I would definitely be curious as to how much prep work is involved.

    • Hi Marcie,

      Yep, currently it’s super easy to feed me as I have kibble, Mum’s up for a bit more effort if she decides to go with it, but I know she really won’t want to touch anything raw or cut anything up, so it’ll be interesting to check out all the options!

      I’ll be sure to let you know what we (they) decide…. :)

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  2. I don’t feed raw because of several reasons: there are no co-ops near me which can help lower costs. And a big one is it takes forever for my girls to eat raw-and I can’t guarantee they’d have enough time to eat before I go off to work.

    So Daisy eats The Honest Kitchen which is dehydrated raw and Bella and my foster eat Taste of the Wild.

    They all get raw meaty bones like pigs feet as treats on occasion.
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    • Hi Lady,

      Thanks for your really useful information – I didn’t realize the Honest Kitchen was raw food – hmmmm…..!

      I wonder if I would take longer to eat it too, I’m usually pretty fast and that’s with a slow feeder bowl!

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  3. Our dogs eat the grain-free food from Costco too. They seem to be doing well on it, so we’ll be sticking to it (at least for now). The value can’t be beat. We considered switching to raw for a variety of reasons. Mostly being weight management from restricting grains and fillers. Beamer being part lab and Audi being a pug; our dogs are predisposed to being a little on the thicker side. Other benefits include: clean teeth, no “dog smell”, less allergic reactions, and a more active dog.

    That said, it seems like too much of a hassle to feed raw. Most raw feeders that I know have a second freezer devoted to raw food, which isn’t something we can do because one; freezers aren’t cheap and two; we don’t have the space for it. Plus, I’d probably forget to defrost a meal here and there.

    There’s also a debate about whether or not it is safe for dogs to eat raw food and then lick your face. This is especially true in the case of feeding raw chicken, as dogs can pass the salmonella virus onto us humans.

    The dogs occasionally get fed a raw meal here and there and they seem to really enjoy it. So for now, it’s an occasional treat for them. If you want to feed Snoopy half raw and half kibble, I was told that it’s best to feed the raw meal for breakfast so that it passes right through the dog and doesn’t allow time for bacteria to form.

    I hope I’ve given you some useful information :)
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    • Hey really good point about kisses post-eating raw food. Never thought about that and will now be careful to let some time pass after my girl eats her raw meat.
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    • Hi Kat,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to give such an informative comment :)

      The licking your face thing shouldn’t be an issue for me as I’m not a big licker, but I doubt my Mum had even thought of it – I also know we don’t have room for an extra freezer, so it will be interesting to see if there’s an alternative to storing in large quantities?

      Having a half and half diet is also an interesting thought, but good to know it should be raw in the morning….

      Thanks again for your input,

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  4. I thought raw food will make animal more aggressive. When I had a cat I always cooked his fish or chicken…never raw.
    I look forward to know the answer of those questions too

    Ah your mom is a vegetarian like my turtles ;)
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    • Hi Novroz,

      Yep my mum is just like your turtles – she doesn’t eat any meat or fish – think she’d love me to be a vegetarian too, but Dad says I can be a meat eater like him :)

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  5. I eat a raw diet. My sister Bonnie came to stay this weekend, and she eats kibble. She wasn’t eating kibble at my house – she REFUSED. She wanted my food, I wanted her to back off … so the human ended up giving her my tasty food too … and her owner commented on how calm she was. We still wonder if it was the food or if it was me making her play too often *wag wag wag*

    My human HATES the smell of dog meat (tinned) , but she says that the smell of this isn’t too bad (unless you forget that there’s some already defrosted!)

    You will befefit from having low allegen food with no grain, carbs or sugars (high energy fillers). Your coat will get shiny and your teeth will be nice and white. The bone in the diet will empty your anal glands properly, your poo will be SOLID and your ‘gas’ will stop, as well as any other dog smells (breath) . You may also find that your energy level changes and you’re generally calmer.
    It’s not hassle for us, we just get a big box of frozen sausages, ready prepared and good to go. We defrost every day and altough it takes up room in the freezer, the cost of the same quality meat/kibble is extortionate in comparison.
    I eat chicken, pork, duck, beef and lamb. My big brother Alfie gets rabbit too and I’m jealous!
    I think you should give it a try – you’ll feel SUPER SEXY if you do *wag wag wag*
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    • Roooo Snoops, you should totally try some raw food.

      When I was a pup I recommended it to my lil is Bella’s humans and we’re both loving our food now!

      Bella has already listed all the benefits of raw food in her reply above so I won’t repeat it. But I will tell you it tastes absolutely pawsome and even my human who is really silly about meat doesn’t mind feeding it to me – the ready prepped raw food we get looks a lot like minced meat. I also get raw chicken wings, raw eggs with the shell, and bones from the butchers *drooool*

      I always get comments about my shiny coat, white teeth and healthy weight when I’m out and about and my human puts it all down to my diet.

      When my human was researching raw feeding she wrote a couple of articles about it that you might want to read – check them out here: http://linda-bliss.hubpages.com/hub/Raw-food-What-and-how-much-to-feed-your-dog

      • Hi Alfie,

        I didn’t realize you and Bella eat raw food – your coat and teeth do look great! :)

        Thanks for the info. We’ll check out your post :)

        Big wags,

        Snoops :)

    • Hmmm…when I tried it for about 6 months I didn’t notice most of the changes you mention……but they didn’t have most of those problems. They already had shiny coats, no gas, breath stayed the same (horrid. Ha, ha) and the stools actually got bigger and loser. I really wanted to see positive changes but didn’t. I still feed them raw for one of their meals sometimes but it is more to make ME feel better :)
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    • Hey Bella,

      I’m all for feeling Super Sexy – but let me just clarify something – I don’t have gas – Dad tries to say I do sometimes, but Mum and I know the truth!

      So, now I’ve got that straight – thanks so much for all the info. I wondered how come your coat was SO shiny! Sausages every day instead of kibble sure sounds like something I could get used to! Tee Hee

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  6. I’ve been curious about the raw diet too. It will be interesting to read everyone’s comments.
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  7. I have heard good and bad about raw. Just like there is good and bad about kibble. There are lots of claims made about feeding raw, but with anything I think whether the dog benefits depends on the individual dog. People who feed raw are very passionate about it so I am sure they will give a lot/good info. We feed a fish based grain free kibble which works well with our athletes. We have trouble keeping weight on our dogs and I suspect it would be more difficult with raw. But if you are interested, you should try and see if it works for Snoopy. Good luck. :)
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    • Hi Browndawgs,

      It sure is interesting to read all the comments for and against trying the raw diet – it’s great to get so much information! Do you feed fish rather than meat kibble for a reason?

      I hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  8. I’m sure you’ll find a way to let your parents know exactly what you want to eat, Snoopy! Good luck in your research! :)
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  9. I only know of one dog who eats a raw diet and it’s due to allergies I believe so I don’t really know much about it other than it’s a diet that’s gaining some steam. I think the best advice I could give is to talk to your vet about it to make sure if you switch that you can provide all the needed nutrients.

    I’m not a big meat eater myself so I think it would bother me to prepare the meals… but hey that’s just me! Good luck!
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    • Thanks Emily.

      We sure will talk to our vet, he’s on vacation right now, so Mum’s just doing the research in the meantime! :) I don’t think I have allergies, but I’ve always eaten grain free….

      Yeah, Mum is really concerned about what preparation may be involved, she’s been happy to hear you can get some ready prepared raw food if I do switch! :)

      I hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  10. Mom tried and did not work especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Just have to try it and be careful. Golden Woofs
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    • Hi Sugar,

      Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you buddy, yep my Mum and Dad sure will be careful if they switch my diet!

      Hope you’re having a fun day :)

      Snoops :)

  11. Hi Y’all!

    You are looking fit and handsome Snoopy!
    My vet doesn’t want me on raw. He says it’s too difficult to be sure the diet is balanced. My Human was going to put me on raw when my allergies were at their peak. It is also difficult to travel with a dog on a raw diet, according to some friends we have who are using it. Bella says they have prepped raw diets now. Maybe my Human will reconsider.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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    • Hi Hawk,

      My Mum was really concerned about how you could possibly travel whilst on a raw diet, so the prepped raw sounds really interesting, definitely worth looking at further!

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  12. Snoopy, we have been considering it for some time too but have been to chicken to switch. However, I know there are some prepared raw diets out there, which do deserve some research….we should both give it a look-see.
    Oz
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    • Hi Oz,

      Yes it sure is an interesting topic to research, I have no idea if we’ll be switching, there is so much information to digest! :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  13. I may be wrong, but I thought I read that some places don’t allow therapy dogs who are on a raw diet to participate? Again, I forget where I read this but it is worth checking into if you like to do that kind of thing. Good luck with the decision!
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    • Hi Peggy,

      We had no idea about this, we sure need to add this to our research list as I definitely don’t want to give up my therapy work! Thanks so much for the heads up! :)

      Hope you’re having a fun day :)

      Snoops :)

  14. We can’t be of help Snoopy as we have wet food in the morning and dry in the afternoon. There is no way peeps would trust me not to try and bury some raw foodables in the bed or in the sofa. The house would look like an episode of CSI. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly
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    • Haha Molly,

      I never considered the possibility of burying raw food around the house, that would definitely freak my Mum out! Tee Hee

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  15. I have Kibble… My Mommy’s friend gave her dog raw meat, he did stink..BOL Snoopy that Magnificent is made in the US and it’s lovely, I’m not just saying it. I’m not getting paid I just got a free bottle..LOL on my page I put the click HERE link, takes you straight to their shop :) xxx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie
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    • Hi Mollie,

      I sure don’t wanna stink! That’s not gonna impress the girlies – I’m gonna go find that link on your page, gonna smell of roses! :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  16. Snoopy,

    No matter what your humans choose for you to eat, we hope you can enjoy it. DiDi used to eat raw chicken as a pup and she loved it. You needed to wear shades when looking at her because her coat was so shiny.

    -Bella and DiDi
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  17. Alot of my friend from class have started the raw food diet and they love it. They say if you buy in bulk (ideally you’d need a big freezer) then the cost is the same as buying kibble. But helps if you know a supplier I guess.
    Mummy and daddy have considered it a few times but it sounds kinda confusing they are not good at maths and working out the ratios of meat, offal and bone baffles them! Plus there are lots of issues about when it comes out the other end BOL. Mummy is joined up to a few facebook groups about it and there are often pics of dog poop with people asking if they think it looks OK!
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    • Hi Misaki,

      My Mum and Dad have also been concerned about how you know the right balance?

      We’ll have to go and check out the facebook groups, thanks for that tip! :)

      Big wags,

      Snoops :)

  18. Unless we have health issues we eat regular high grade kibble, not even grain free as we don’t need that. Raw is more work I think and since what we eat works, why switch. Mom often says kibble is like humans living on good cereal, it works and is easy. We aren’t much for following trends and all the gluten free and raw stuff seems trendy so we wait to see how it shakes out down the road but everyone has to do what they feel is right for their own pets. Mom is a big carb eater and definitely not gluten free either. Lots of people think she is nuts for not being more careful with those things but she is happy, fit and healthy so why change? As long as there are plenty of snacks that is what matters to us dogs!
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    • Hi Emma,

      Your Mom has got a good point, if it ain’t broken why fix it? My Mum loves carbs too! :)

      It sure is interesting to read all of this information and I’ll be interested to see if I change my food or not?! :)

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  19. I have done quite a bit of research on it and I have friends that feed raw. I think the choice is individual. We tried it for a while but Chester and Gretel don’t have allergies or medical issues so it made no visible difference for us. Also, I watched my friend face a lot of challenges finding the right mix of nutrients with her dogs when she switched. It’s been a year and they still have thin hair from losing a lot of it once. Unless you make your own it is pretty expensive (pre-made raw). All of these things made me decide it was not the right choice for us…totally. I still feed them prepared raw (frozen or Honest Kitchen) for one of their two meals of the day sometimes. Even though I don’t notice a visible difference (actually, their poops are often BIGGER when I feed them raw) I do like the idea of feeding them the highest quality food I can afford.

    This is a VERY controversial topic though. I wrote about my choice to not feed raw on my blog and I had one person repeatedly say I was abusing my dogs by not feeding them “the ONLY appropriate way to feed dogs (ie. raw)”
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    • Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for telling us about Honest Kitchen, my Mum didn’t realize that was raw, so many things to learn about! And we’re getting such fantastic information from everyone! :)

      Big wags

      Snoops :)

  20. My mom likes to give me raw foods, but it is expensive, so she gives me both raw food and kibble plus extra things like yogurt and frash fruits and veggies. This way I get some of the benefits of the raw foods, like enzymes, and mom and dad can still afford to live in a house, haha.

    I like the Stella & Chewy’s raw freeze dried food I get so much that mom uses it as high value treats :) Oh, and she gives me some raw, meaty bones too. I like turkey necks a lot, but they might be too gross for your mom ;)
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    • Hi Remy,

      That’s interesting that you combine raw and non-raw – thanks for telling us about Stella and Chewy, we’ll check it out!

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  21. I feed my pups raw meat a couple of times a week as a supplement to her kibble diet. Only because I am slowly transitioning her into the raw foods. It is definitely more expensive but it is the way animals normally eat their meat isnt it, raw? It seems to cause my pups less gas and it is clean healthy and natural. sometimes just to make it less strange for her, i quickly sear the outside of the meat, to give it that cooked flavor but leaves the inside raw for the benefits of the raw meat and enzymes. I also heard raw forzen meat is great but havent bought any yet…i will be trying that soon too though.
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    • Hi Roberta,

      Until Mum started this research she didn’t know about the frozen option where it’s already prepared, so that will be interesting to check out some more!

      I hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  22. I eat Kibble. Mom gets the heebie jeebies just reading about raw food. Personally, I will eat ANYTHING! Raw, crunchy, off-the-ground, from the garbage, and once I even ate a butterfly.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake
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    • Haha Cupcake,

      You always make me laugh! Poor little butterfly – I ate a fly the other day, I was doing some raw research! :)

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  23. I’ll be interested to hear what you decide. We feed Blue Buffalo grain free kibble and mix in a bit of whatever high quality canned grain free/USA made canned stuff I happen to have. When we had Abby I talked to her oncologist about cooking for her (not raw) and he said he’d seen dogs on home cooked diets come in with problems due to not getting a balanced diet. I’d be afraid to try the DIY route cuz I’d worry I’d not get all the right nutrients in – plus I hate to cook! Maybe the ready-made raw would be okay… But I also read that some researchers say the theory behind feeding raw is all wrong – people say to feed raw because it’s how wolves eat. But what I read said dogs have been living with man and eating his (cooked) scraps for 10s of 1000s of years – so that’s what a dog’s system is used to. These same folks say there is no such thing as “people food” and “dog food” – it’s all the same.

    I dunno – it’s all confusing, but Rita is doing fine. No allergies, her weight is perfect, energy level is awesome, so we won’t mess with changing anything for now.
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    • Hi Jackie,

      You sure are right about a lot of it being confusing, thanks for adding your info to the debate too – Mum always likes to look at as much as possible before making a decision! I think it might be a tough decision and may take a little time! :)

      I hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  24. I’m a kibble-and-healthy-add-ins feeder here, so I can’t help you with your debate. Just wanted to say that’s great that your researching it so well before jumping in. Getting input from others always helps! :-)
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    • Hi Donna,

      The input we’ve had is amazing, we have such awesome, well informed buddies! :)

      I hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  25. We tried raw with Cali but had some problems. I know MANY people who swear by the raw diet, I just think you need to have some support (nutritionist) that can help you make the right decisions! Good luck Snoopy!
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  26. We use Blue Buffalo kibble with an occasional raw egg, but are going to try Orijen when this batch runs out. The daughter who is a vet tech says they see a lot of salmonella in pets eating a raw diet (maybe this is why therapy dogs can’t use it?) I feel like the inconvenience, expense, and worries about a balanced diet are not worth it but haven’t tried it myself. I agree with others, it must be an individual decision. Let us know if you try it please.

    • Hi Amy and Toby,

      I’ll be sure to keep you posted as we continue this discussion, there sure is a lot to consider! Thanks so much for your input too!

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  27. Can’t wait to read all the comments! I’m curious too! Great post!

  28. I think you could try it and see how he reacts to it. Also according to this article on BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22536727 the owners of a Border Collie ,one of the dogs featured in this article, have prolonged his life by feeding him raw sausage meat. They got him when he was 6 month old now he is 15 years old. Pretty good for a dog.
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  29. We feed cheap kibble here. The dogs are healthy and don’t complain. The duck, chicken and rabbit poo are great dietary supplements. But my mom’s dog has some dietary issues and my mom makes and freezes Honey’s food. It has thinks like chicken, real broth, brewers yeast, brown rice and peas. Honey came to mom with crystallized stones in her bladder and is prone to bladder infections. Something about alkali and acid.
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    • Hi Flea,

      You’re the first one to suggest chicken and rabbit poo supplements, guessing that’s raw?! :)

      I hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  30. The pack eats a natural and holistic kibble and are doing great. Friends of ours feed only raw and have for years with fantastic results.
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  31. We feed raw, it’s been amazing in helping Sampson and Delilah drop their weight. They love it. I admit it takes some getting used to, but it’s doable, but then again I do eat meat.

    As for traveling, well it can be challenging. I’m currently looking for a dehydrated mix I can take on vacation.
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