Raw Dog Food vs. Cooked Dog Food

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DISCLAIMER: I'm not a veterinarian, and I'm not suggesting what you need to feed your dog, whether it's raw food or cooked food. If you have any questions regarding your dog's diet, I suggest consulting with your pet's veterinarian.

Should dogs be fed raw food or cooked food? Well, that's one of the biggest debates in the dog world today. Even though your opinion regarding this subject matter may point in one direction, there are strong arguments on both sides. Let's now have a look at each side and see what they believe.

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Raw Food Supporters

Many dog owners who support feeding raw food to their pets believe that it's much more nutritious than processed commercial pet food. These supporters are opposed to commercial pet food because they believe it's not good for their dog's overall health.

Many of these supporters claim that when they feed their dogs raw food, they can start to see the following benefits:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Smaller stools
Some negatives of cooked food include:

  • Proteins are destroyed when food is cooked at high temperatures.
  • Up to 50% of vitamins and minerals are destroyed during the cooking process.
  • Enzymes, which are used to facilitate and regulate chemical reactions in the dog's body, are destroyed.
  • Fats can become toxic when they're cooked at high temperatures.
Because dogs are carnivores, it's in their nature to digest and absorb the nutrients from raw meat. The freshness of the meat provides the balance that nature intended.

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Cooked Food Supporters

Many dog owners who support feeding cooked food to their pets believe that even though raw food has benefits, the risk of illness caused by the handling and feeding of it outweighs those benefits. Basically, they believe it's not worth the risk to feed their dogs raw food.

Numerous veterinarians believe that dog owners choose raw diets for their pets primarily because of the online myths they read. Also, dog owners hear and read horrible stories about the commercial pet food industry. Here's some smart advice: don't believe everything you hear or read on the internet. It's best to always consult with your dog's veterinarian if you need any information, especially when it concerns your dog's health.

The reason why many cooked food supporters won't feed their dogs raw food is because of these potential risks:
  • The bacteria in the raw meat could make the dog sick.
  • If a dog eats raw food for a long time, it could make him sick.
  • Their dog could choke to death on a bone, or the bone could puncture their insides.
  • There's no scientific proof that raw food has any benefits whatsoever.
Whether you agree with the raw food diet or the cooked food diet, you mustn't forget that dogs wouldn't even be here today if they couldn't survive on raw food. After all, that's all they had available to them many years ago.

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The best thing for dog owners to do is to feed their pet what they think is best for them, whether it be raw food, cooked food, or a combination of both. Keep a close eye on your dog and feed him what he prefers to eat. Keep in mind that not all dogs can tolerate raw foods. If your dog fits into this category, stick with cooked foods only.

If you do decide to feed your dog raw meat, make sure it's human grade and stays refrigerated or frozen until ready to eat. And never leave raw meat outside in the heat for a long amount of time. The meat will spoil and will make your dog very sick.

Good luck with whichever diet you choose for your dog. Don't feel bad if all of this confuses you. Believe me, you're not alone! I get confused about these things at times, too. To clear up any confusion you may have, speak with your dog's veterinarian and the two of you can develop a diet that'll be perfect for your pet.

-- Jennifer Nicole Cox is a staff writer for Dogasaur.com and proud momma of one unique "Bentley" dog.

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I have tried raw diet. The dogs love the bones. Can raw bones be combined with a cooked diet?

January 22 2014 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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