Raw Feeding is the practice of feeding
dogs, what is believed to
be a species-appropriate
diet largely consisting
of uncooked meat.
Practitioners often cite evidence that domesticated dogs have very
gastrointestinal systems to
wolves. Raw feeders are
commonly opposed to commercial
which they believe to be harmful. There exist other moral, health and
cost reasons as well.
One popular raw diet is the "Bones and Raw Food" model which includes
non-meats and numerous
supplements along with careful preparation and measuring. Another model is a
"Whole Prey" diet which simulates the proportions of an actual
prey animal in a pet's diet.
This includes organ
meat, heads, fur (and
bone, but no other supplements.
Proponents of raw feeding are often vehement in their belief of its
superiority to a commercial diet as it affects the health, disposition and
longevity of their pets. It is believed by many raw feeders that
(the majority of whom are opposed to raw feeding) are influenced by academic
departments that rely upon funding from
pet food companies and by their own desire to profit from selling special
dietary commercial pet food.
Opponents of raw feeding cite the dangers of dental fractures, bacterial
contamination, parasites, GI obstruction, and dietary imbalances.
Most, if not all, specific evidence that raw feeding is beneficial is
anecdotal, limited to the experiences of a few authors and website maintainers.
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