An Introduction to Feeding Your Dog Raw
I started feeding raw back in 2017 when Blitz came home as a puppy. I made the switch for the health benefits, primarily for my adult pit bull, Pinky. She had always skin problems, yeast infections, soft stool, trouble with excessive weight, a torn CCL (similar to the human ACL), and had multiple lumps removed. I was very concerned for her well-being, so when a friend encouraged me to try raw feeding for her health, I figured it was the least I could do.
Having a degree in Animal Sciences, I was warned in college that raw diets are not balanced and can cause horrible health problems. I was familiar with the National Research Council’s (NRC) guidelines for nutrient requirements for horses, so I understand that there is a delicate balance to supplying appropriate nutrition for any species. Dogs have their own set of nutrient requirements provided by the NRC, too (which can be found here). This made me hesitant to feed raw, but the more I researched, the more confidence I gained.
In general, there are two primary ways to feed raw. Those are:
-PMR (Prey Model Raw) is designed to provide dogs with a homemade diet that replicates the diet of a wild canine without requiring the pet to hunt and kill wild prey while eliminating all processed foods and grains. A complete PMR diet for dogs consists of 80% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ. (Source: Perfectly Rawsome PMR)
-BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food Diet) is an alternative raw diet designed to provide dogs with a modified homemade diet that consists of raw meat and bones, as well as vegetables and fruit while eliminating all processed foods and grains. A complete BARF diet for dogs consists of 70% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ and 7% vegetables, 2% seeds and nuts and 1% fruit.
(Source: Perfectly Rawsome BARF)
These general guidelines provide a roadmap to raw feeding. You cannot just feed chicken