Raw food diet in dogs better or not?
As a home pet boarding owner i have seen a huge increase lately in dog owners changing from a tinned/dry food diet to raw food and veg diet for their furry chums.
Raw dog food diets are controversial still ,But the popularity of the diets -- which emphasize raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables -- is rising.
Racing greyhounds and sled dogs have long eaten raw food diets. Extending those feeding practices to the family pet is a more recent idea, proposed in 1993 by Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst. He called his feeding suggestions the BARF diet, an acronym that stands for Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.Billinghurst suggested that adult dogs would thrive on an evolutionary diet based on what canines ate before they became domesticated: Raw, meaty bones and vegetable scraps. Grain-based commercial pet foods, he contended, were harmful to a dog’s health.Many mainstream veterinarians disagree, as does the FDA.
Raw food diets have appeared commercially now in most supermarkets and pet shops either freeze dried or fresh. They are typical more expensive to buy. They usually contain a blend of grains, veg and vitamins. All of which have been shown to improve an animals health and energy levels.
If you wanted to try your pet on a raw food diet it can be done at home and in a less expensive way.
Muscle meat, often still on the bone Bones
Whole or ground Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
Raw eggs ,Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery,Apples or other fruit
Some dairy, such as yogurts.
These are all common and popular combinations that are it typical shop bought raw diets and can be done in your own home.