There’s much debate on whether a dry food diet or a raw food diet is the healthier option for your dog in terms of providing all the nutrients and managing weight. In reality, there are pros and cons for both types of diet. For example, many experts believe that the consumption of raw food puts dogs at risk of bacterial infection and parasites. At the same time, proponents of the raw food diet believe that a natural diet of raw food ensures more nutrients, and encourages better dental health. When it comes to deciding which is best for your pet, it’s up to you – the owner. So, it’s important to know the facts.
Digestive differences Your dog is domesticated. While in the past, wild dogs had an immune system that was adapted to cope with bacteria and parasites, the digestion of domestic dogs has evolved differently. This means, just like us, dogs can get infections from contaminated raw food.
Balance It easier to control your dog’s weight using dry food – you simply weigh out the correct daily portion. With a raw food diet, it can be tricky to ensure your pet is getting the right balance of nutrition. Most dry food diets have been developed to include all the necessary nutrition.
Convenience and expense A raw food diet takes time to source and prepare. What’s more, depending on brand and quality, dry food can be significantly cheaper.
Safety Although raw foods come with a risk of bacteria, many commercial dry foods contain additives and preservatives.
Taste Most dogs prefer raw food, so you could be improving your pet’s quality of life by offering ‘real’ food. Dogs are healthier and happier on a fresh, raw food diet.
Understanding what food to pick up for your dog is an important part of being a pet owner. Look for a high quality, digestible, meat-based protein, and grain sources which are whole grains, not glutens or other processed products. Rice and barley are better than corn or wheat. No dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. Choose wisely and when in doubt consult a veterinarian.