Demystifying the Raw Diet

Raw diets can help many dogs, but how do you feed them safely?

When it comes to feeding our furry friends, the choices used to be limited to wet or dry. Although canned and kibble have come a long way in recent years, a newer diet is gaining popularity: raw food.

Many pet owners, concerned about chronic canine health conditions and widespread pet food recalls, have decided to go back to nature. They are choosing raw diets, which consist of animal meat, organ meats (such as the liver, kidney, and heart), some bone, and small amounts of vegetation that have not been altered or denatured by the heat of cooking.

Sandy H. of Connecticut, is convinced that a raw diet helped save the lives of her two Boxers, Tess and Tye. When the puppies were just 5 weeks old, their breeder told Sandy that they had contracted canine parvovirus, a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease caused by a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract of puppies, dogs, and wild canids.

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