This wasn’t an easy decision. There are so many different opinions, from reputable people, that it was hard to differentiate what would be the best for my pup!
Veterinarians almost always tell you that dry food (kibble) is your best choice…although i keep reminding myself about how much of that is in good conscience for my pet and what portion of that opinion comes from the large companies behind them.
Then there are endless debates and articles you can read about the raw meat diets, whether they be home-made or pre-packaged.
Obviously there are pro’s and con’s to all of this, but that can be endless! I’ll give you some of the most recurring ones I’ve read and then show you what I have done.
Pro’s: (In favour of raw diet)
The potential benefits that raw meat diets have is very interesting. If you look at comparisons (article from http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com) where Raw meat and kibble were put side by side, raw meat had way more protein, and much less carbohydrates compared to your run of the mill kibble brands. Stool is more consistent, coats become brighter and the list goes on.
Con’s: (Against raw diet)
The only con I have read that has been consistent throughout every article I’ve found is the safety of it. It isn’t our dogs we necessarily have to worry about (most raw meat companies prepare their meats in a manner that is safe for human consumption, but for taste reason, I wouldn’t). The safety issue lies with us. Handling raw meat on a regular basis may be dangerous when not being careful. Modern Dog Magazine writes:
Raw diets have been found to contain Salmonella, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium botulinium, and Staphylococcus aureus, all of which are known human and canine pathogens. These bacteria are shed in dog stools and may be transferred to carpets and furniture as the dog moves around the house. These pathogens usually only pose a serious human risk to the immunocompromised, the elderly, and young children; however, this is a very important consideration if you are feeding a raw diet and have people in these risk groups living in your home. – See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/raw-debate/756#sthash.obnKaJep.dpuf
I know that sounds scary, but it is no different then buying minced meat at the grocery store and not being careful. The frequency of handling is elevated, but proper cleanliness and a good preparation routine can make this con as important s you make it.
So there you have it. The choice lies with you now. Seeing as my German Short-haired Pointer Pepper has been having digestive problems since we changed her puppy formula…My wife and I thought it would be worth the risk.