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Raw Dog Food

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes up a complete, well-balanced raw diet?

You should feed 10-25% bone, 15-20% organ, and 70-75% muscle meat. When feeding raw “organ meat” refers to offal, or secreting organs, such as the liver; other organs, such as the heart and lungs, are fed as muscle meat.

Why should I feed organs?

Organ meat acts as a multi-vitamin for your dog. Organs provide vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, iodine, potassium, sodium, zinc, EPA, DHA, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Serving a variety of organs provides a variety of benefits to your dog:
  • Brains are high in iron, zinc, and copper
  • Eyes are rich in DHA, an important omega-3 fatty acid that fights inflammation
  • Liver contains lots of vitamin A, this acts as a powerful antioxidant. It is also a great source of folic acid, B vitamins. Do not feed more than 5% liver as it can cause vitamin A toxicity.
  • Lung should be fed as a muscle and is high in protein and a good source of vitamins and minerals.
  • Pancreas helps support your dog’s pancreas function. You should not feed more than 2 oz per 20 lbs of body weight per day.
  • Heart is a great source of protein, B vitamins, iron, and taurine.
  • Tripe has loads of digestive enzymes that help cleanse blood and remove toxins, parasites, and fungus. Tripe contains the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and linolenic acid and has a 1:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus. Tripe can be very rich so be sure to keep an eye on your dog when introducing it to the diet.
  • Kidneys provide a great source of B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, and zinc.
  • Trachea is rich in glucosamine and chondroitin.

Can dogs get sick from eating raw meats?

Dogs can get sick from eating any contaminated foods: raw, cooked, or processed. Feeding quality foods can help lower this risk but dogs have digestive systems that are designed to handle bacteria much easier than humans can. Dogs are unlikely to get sick from raw food unless they are already compromised. Always be sure to use common sense and practice good hygiene during feeding.

Can dogs pick up harmful bacteria like salmonella and e. coli?

Dogs have very short digestive tracts that move much quicker than humans’ digestive systems. Bacteria is generally moved through the system before they have time to colonize; dogs also have very acidic stomachs—a pH of between 1 and 2 — which assists in the breaking down of meat and helps to prevent bacteria from growing.

Will my dog get all of the nutrients it needs?

Yes! Dogs get the plant material they need from the herbivores they eat so a balanced raw diet will give the dog everything they need.

Will raw meat make my dog aggressive?

Absolutely not! This idea is totally a myth. Dogs often really enjoy their raw diet so are very eager to eat, but unless the dog has pre-existing resource guarding issues they will not become aggressive just because they are fed a raw diet.