For an excellent, unbiased overview of the arguments for and against feeding raw diets to dogs, see by Ron Hines, DVM, PhD.
A balanced diet is integral to your dog’s health — and it’s true that certain raw food manufacturers rely on a single premix for all their meals, which may contribute to a lack of balance. However, Darwin’s now uses individual premixes for every type of meat, which means the formula is tailored to every meat’s exact micronutrient profile. The result: Your dog obtains all the necessary micronutrients from his diet.
It’s not always easy to find RMBs. If you ask your local meat manager or butcher; they will often be able to order them for you, though you may have to buy a case at a time. (Most of us who feed our dogs a raw diet have purchased a separate freezer to help store their food!) Ethnic markets often have a wider selection than grocery stores do. There are a number of who share information and buy in quantity directly from vendors, both to lower the cost and to gain access to a wider variety of foods. If there is no group in your area, you might consider starting one.
Five easy steps for easing raw food into your dog’s diet:
How to Make a Raw Food Diet for Dogs (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Welcome! This is a site dedicated to dispelling someof the many myths about dogs, wolves, and feeding raw meaty bones toour pets. I encourage you to look around and make good use of the linksavailable. Each myth has a thorough rebuttal that has been carefullythought through and researched or is still in the process of beingresearched, written, reviewed (as well as having its sources checkedand cited). I encourage you to read with an open mind and research onyour own. If you find that you have more questions about feeding a rawdiet or are considering it for your pets, please head over to theYahoo! group linked on this page. If this is your first time here, please takethe time to read the . Enjoy your visit!BARF feeders eschew the convenience of 40-pound bags of kibble and opt for preparing meals for their dogs that include uncooked meaty bones, uncooked muscle and organ meat, raw eggs, vegetables, fruit, yogurt, cooked cereals, cottage cheese, and herbs, enzymes, and other supplements. They are not tied to the same diet every day no more just measuring the kibble and pouring it in the bowl. If a good source of fresh chicken parts or lamb meat is available, the dogs get chicken or lamb. If green beans are on sale this week, cottage cheese is two-for-one at the supermarket, or the carrots are ready to be pulled in the garden, the dogs diet (like the family diet) will likely be heavy in those ingredients. Those who feed BARF point out that kibbled foods have been around for about 60 years but that dogs ate handouts from human tables for millennia before processed foods were marketed. However, the debate rages hot and heavy. Those who develop processed dog foods and those who feed these diets point out the scientific reports that back their claims; those who feed BARF are equally as adamant that their anecdotal evidence about dog health and well-being proves the value of fresh, raw food.Some veterinarians have expressed doubt about feeding bones to dogs, but BARF believers counter that fear with the assertion that cooked bones tend to splinter and cause damage, but raw bones are safe. Other veterinarians and health experts have expressed concern about bacterial contamination in raw meat diets, especially E. coli and Salmonella, and Freeman and Michel found substantial E. coli contamination in one of the diets they analyzed for their report. Both E. coli and Salmonella organisms can infect other animals and people, so even though the majority of dogs may not exhibit symptoms, they can none-the-less pass the contamination to other animals or people. Serious outbreaks of these diseases can kill or debilitate children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems.