Feeding dogs, a raw diet has been on the rise in the last decade. But the risk-to-benefit ratio must be weighed before introducing it so that you know you are making the most cautious decision for your furry friend. Most veterinarians as well as the FDA disagree with a raw diet. Which begs the question – why then are people still keen on feeding raw?

There are certain breeds of dogs like the racing greyhounds and sled dogs that have always been fed raw because of their benefits. But it is only recently that raw feeding has been introduced to domesticated dogs as well. And it is this idea of feeding a biologically appropriate raw food that has interested many pet parents. Raw feeding for domesticated dogs was foregrounded by the Australian veterinarian, Ian Billinghurst in 1993. He recommended that adult canines would benefit greatly from being fed a raw diet which would consist mostly of organ meats, muscle meat, whole or ground bone, raw eggs, fruits and vegetables, and a diary supplement.

To understand why he insisted on a raw diet one must look at the benefits:

Having listed the benefits, one must also weigh in on the risks of feeding raw:

The process of feeding raw might sound like a daunting process. But with careful consideration and a cautious plan, one can go ahead with a raw diet. You must talk to veterinarian nutritionists to make an informed decision and decide on a meal plan most suitable for your pet.