A raw dog food diet is designed to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral menu. The whole concept of raw feeding is based upon a dog’s instinctive carnivorous bias — a built-in desire to capture (or find) and eat another animal.
As unsavory as it may seem, it is completely natural for a wolf to consume the entire animal.
Meat, bones, organs and all.
As direct descendants of wolves, dogs are simply not genetically optimized to consume the 50% carbohydrate content of today’s commercial kibbles.
So, how do these diets compare?
The Ancestral Diet
Compared to Dry Kibble
No one can argue the dry baked pellets we call dog food aren’t convenient. Yet the nutrient profile of a dry kibble is nowhere near the nutrient content of a dog’s ancestral diet.
Notice the higher carbohydrate content of the kibble compared to the dog’s natural ancestral diet. Or how about the dramatically lower protein and fat levels?
The Benefits of a Raw Diet
Feeding a raw dog food diet has many notable benefits…
- Firmer stools
- Improved digestion
- Healthier skin and coat
- Reduced allergy symptoms
- Better weight management
There have been many reports of improved health when chronically ill pets were switched from a commercial product to a raw dog food.
of a Raw Dog Food Diet
A raw dog food diet can’t touch the convenience of a kibble. Just measure and pour. It just doesn’t get any easier.
Yet besides the lack of convenience, there’s another critical issue. Bacterial contamination.
Salmonella and E. coli germs can always be a potential problem with raw meats. Yet the risk of food-borne disease is actually quite low.
That is, low risk for dogs. But not for humans.
That’s because a dog’s digestive system is shorter and more acidic.
Which makes canine infections like these fairly rare.
The real risk of food-borne disease is actually greater for a dog’s human caretakers — not the dog.
Yet with proper care and handling, this risk can be dramatically reduced.
How to Use Our List
Below you’ll find a list of the Advisor’s suggested raw dog foods. Of course, this list should not be considered a complete catalog of all the raw dog foods on the market.
For there are others. Many others.
We only provide this small group as a starting point.
As a matter of fact, if you know of a specific dog food you believe we should have included on this list, please feel free to share your recommendations in the Comments section below.
Or if you’re looking for some suggestions yourself, be sure to look through our readers’ Comments to find more good ideas.
Suggested Raw Dog Foods
- Answers Detailed Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- Aunt Jeni’s Home Made (Raw Frozen)
- BARF Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- Bravo Balance Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- Darwin’s Natural Selections (Raw Frozen)
- Darwin’s ZooLogics (Raw Frozen)
- Fresh Is Best Dog Food (Freeze-Dried)
- Freshpet Vital Raw Dog Food (Rolled)
- Genesis RAW Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- K-9 Kraving Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw (Freeze-Dried)
- Lotus Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Freeze Dried Raw (Freeze-Dried)
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Frozen Diets (Raw Frozen)
- Northwest Naturals (Raw Frozen)
- Northwest Naturals Freeze Dried Raw (Freeze-Dried)
- Nutrisca Raw Freeze Dried (Freeze-Dried)
- OC Raw Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- Orijen Freeze Dried (Freeze-Dried)
- Primal Freeze-Dried Formula (Freeze-Dried)
- Primal Pronto Raw Frozen Formulas (Raw Frozen)
- Primal Raw Frozen Formulas (Raw Frozen)
- Primal Raw Frozen Grinds (Raw Frozen)
- Primal Raw Frozen Mixes (Raw Frozen)
- Raw Bistro Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- SmallBatch Dog Food (Raw Frozen)
- Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried (Freeze-Dried)
- Stella and Chewy’s Raw Frozen (Raw Frozen)
- Steve’s Real Food (Freeze-Dried)
- Steve’s Real Food (Raw Frozen)
- Stewart Raw Naturals (Raw Frozen)
- Stewart Raw Science (Freeze-Dried)
- TruDog Dog Food (Freeze-Dried)
- Vital Essentials Dog Food (Freeze-Dried)
- Vital Essentials Dog Food (Raw Frozen)