Best Raw Dog Foods

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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.
Wolf with Raw Food

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.

Canine Ancestral Diet versus Dry Dog Food

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.

The Downside
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

  • bojangles

    Hi aimee,

    Purina is one of the companies that fits ALL of your criteria for picking a dog food AND they have full time Veterinary and/or PhD nutritionists on staff.

    I believe you think that having a full time nutritionist on staff is a good thing right? I mean a Veterinary nutritionist knows nutrition for dogs. If so, then why does a company like Purina with all their science and research and nutritionists, produce foods like these for dogs?

    Alpo come and get it Ingredients:
    Ground yellow corn, corn germ meal, beef
    and bone meal, soybean meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), pork and bone meal, egg and
    chicken flavor, animal digest, corn gluten meal, salt, potassium chloride, dried peas, Yellow 6, Red 40, choline chloride, Yellow 5,
    natural grill flavor

    Alpo Chop House Ingredients:
    Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, soy flour, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, added color, natural rotisserie chicken flavor, natural flavors

    Beggin Strips
    Ground wheat, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, water, glycerin, ground yellow corn, sugar, soybean meal, bacon (preserved with sodium nitrite), salt, bacon fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid),

    And let’s not forget that Purina makes the infamous Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats and Canyon Creek Ranch Jerky Treats that have been blamed for how many dog deaths and kidney failures is it now, 100, 1,000, 10,000?

    My point is that having a nutritionist on staff guarantees the consumer of NOTHING, but it does guarantee Purina that their products will meet AAFCO guidelines no matter how toxic their foods are!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Abi,

    You might want to check with your breeder to see if she can offer some other alternatives to feed. If she’s a good breeder and knowledgable about the food and the breed, she might have some good suggestions.

  • aimee

    Hi Abi,

    Puppies are much more susceptible to food pathogens than adults. If incorporating raw I’s recommend only products that have undergone HPP: high pressure pasturization.

    Growth is a very demanding lifestage and for large breeds attention to Ca content is very important. too much and too little can lead to growth problems.

    I’m not in England so I don’t know what you have available but questions to ask are:

    Who formulated the food and what are their credentials?

    Does the company employ veterinary or PhD nutritionists?

    Has the company raised large breed puppies on their product and what type of monitoring was done in regards to bone and joint development?

    Personally I wouldn’t raise a pup on a raw diet. I find it too risky.

  • Abi Creighton

    Hello, We’ve recently bought a Black Labrador puppy who is fed Raw.
    The breeder gave us (pets at home 0.99p per 400g) for the first 2 days and a puppy pack from Natural Instinct.
    Natural Instinct seems better for her but its fairly expensive. Are there alternative companies people would recommend? I’ve had a quick look online and found most 500g raw frozen packs are around £2. The pets at home food left her stools very chalky – which doing a little research tells me there’s to much bone content? Natural instinct seems to agree with her. I’m in Hampshire so who would you recommend as our Raw frozen Supplier? Thanks in advance.

  • Susan

    TROLL

  • theBCnut

    This has happened before, so I imagine that this is another one of Discus’s updates.

  • LabsRawesome

    That is really weird! 🙂

  • DogFoodie

    It is weird. If you click on the comment bar above and scroll down Bojangles’ response to Erin is there and you can click on it from there and see what was written. I have no idea why it wouldn’t show up in the thread, but I don’t see it in the thread either.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t understand what’s happening, but the whole discus site seems weird lately. I saw the posts originally, now they don’t seem to be on here when I click on your or aimee’s reply. They don’t show up if I search for this topic and use that route. They do show up if I click on Bojangles reply, but aimee’s and your post do not appear.

    That’s happened on some of my posts lately. I see certain posts but not others. It’s extremely difficult to navigate. 🙁

  • Storm’s Mom

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not seeing any post by bojangles anywhere on this page….

  • aimee

    Hi Erin,

    I’d agree with bojangles…. this company makes a lot of mistakes … the aafco statement is inappropriately worded, the company claims kibble is only 35% digestible and states that dogs can not digest starch. All incorrect information.

    My opinion is very unfavorable and this isn’t a company whose products I would choose to use.

  • bojangles

    Hi Erin,

    This is the calculator I use for converting protein, fat or carbohydrate to their dry matter (0% moisture) equivalent.

    http://fnae.org/dmb.html

    The reason for converting protein, fat and carbs to dry matter is it enables you to compare different foods with different moisture contents better.

    Dry foods have a moisture content around 10%, Wet foods have a moisture content around 75%.

    If you wanted to compare the protein levels of a dry food with 10% moisture and 30% protein to a wet food with 75% moisture and 15% protein you would convert them to their dry matter content and you would see that the wet food is 60% protein and the dry food is 44.5% protein, on a dry matter basis.

    So even though the dry food might seem like it has twice the protein, once you remove the water, it’s the wet food that is higher in protein.

    It also helps when the moisture content of two foods are much closer, like two wet foods where one has 70% moisture and the other has 77% moisture.

    I would be delighted if you used the information I gave you to better evaluate this company and their foods. I would probably send an email so you can have a hard copy of what they say.

    It’s hard to really evaluate a company because no company ever says, “hey we just want your money, and we’ll say just about anything to get it”, so we’re left to try and figure things out for ourselves.

    Some of my personal criteria for evaluating a company are:

    How open are they to answering your questions.

    How do they deal with mistakes when they happen, do they say thank you for pointing this out, or do they deny. deny, deny,

    One thing I never want to hear from a company is that something is “proprietary information”.

    I think it’s just used as an excuse to hide things from the consumer. I believe that the average consumer like you and I, is in no position to use that info to “steal their recipe” and start producing our own dog food!

    I also think that anyone in a position to copy their recipe, such as another dog food company, is able to figure out their “proprietary info” without asking them a dang thing!

    I make my dog’s food from scratch, using store bought ingredients and a multivitamin/mineral supplement.

    When it comes to feeding my guys I feel better if I make it myself!

  • Erin

    Thank you very much for responding to my inquiry and checking out their website! Can you tell me how you went about (or how I can in the future) determine the protein/fat percentages on a dry matter basis and why it needs to be converted in that way? Please excuse my ignorance! Also, would you have a problem if I spoke with them about this and used your information to see what they have to say? Thank you!

  • Lanie Malvit

    Actually rice is a high quality grain that is an excellent source of energy and healthy carbohydrates

  • Trevor

    No filler? The number one ingredient is rice, WHICH DOGS DONT NEED. It’s a sub par food, you’re a troll, you’ve been reported.

  • Amateria

    I realised the ability to block her a few days ago, don’t know why I didn’t notice it earlier, anyways you can still see them in recent comments, because I did.

    You can also unblock her via your disqus profile page somewhere in there anyways, if you feel the need to reply.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Although I just realized that if we all blocked her, she may get away with saying some pretty crazy stuff unchallenged. Or can we still see her comments on the Recent Comments page and reply to her? (unblock her to do so?) I just wish Dr Mike would ban her sooner rather than later.

  • Cannoli

    you sir have done a great public service. Thanks for heads up on blocking

  • Azul

    You’re welcome.

  • theBCnut

    They aren’t. Well, some of them anyway.

  • theBCnut

    Me, too.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Thanks for this info, didn’t realize I could do that. I’ve blocked her now 🙂

  • Azul

    Yep, RC doesn’t think people are smart enough to compare the ing. lists of their “breed specific” foods, and figure out that they all use the same ingredients. Hahahaha

  • Azul

    Hi Sharron, instead of feeding the troll, just block them. You will no longer see their posts. Just hover over the post and click on the triangle, then just choose block user. You will no longer see posts from that user.

  • sharron

    i’m sure you wil do a bang up job doing it

  • sharron

    why specifically do you think dogs that are eating grain free, raw or any other type of dog food will be dead in a few years. a dog or cat can get sick and it has nothing to do with food

  • Lanie Malvit

    well dont worry, i wont stop just because i may get harassed or bullied. Because i know that im doing the best thing for my dog, and that their dog will be dying in a few years, if not months, from grain free and raw crap

    Dont worry, i will share your story for you (:

  • Azul

    If you don’t want to see Lanie’s posts, just block them. I did it and all the posts from that user disappeared from my screen. It just says this user is blocked where their posts used to be.
    This new disqus feature is boss! To block a user just hover over their comment like you were going to flag the comment, click on the upside down triangle, and it just pops up.
    NO MORE POSTS FROM LANIE!! YES!!!

  • You’ve made your point. Please respect our Commenting Policy which states:

    “… we do not allow spamming — the repeated posting of the same or similar comments designed to promote (for whatever reason) a specific product or brand.”

    Thank you.

  • sharron

    i’m interested in knowing why my last comment to lanie malvit was flagged for approval by DFA and then deleted – what was wrong with it
    just curious..thanks

  • sharron

    no i am not going to start telling people to switch to RC – in the past i have been called an idiot, been accused of abusing her and asked if i am trying to kill her. and these comments were made to me at different times and different pet stores without me asking for advice. these people i guess thought they were doing me a favour, or most likely doing Lexee a favour – so i am not going to tell people to switch and be ridiculed again

  • theBCnut

    He’s only removed one that I know of.

  • Lanie Malvit

    And thats great! Look what royal canin has done for your dog!
    please tell more people of your story so that more people will make the best switch of their dogs life!

  • Debbie

    My dog has suffered from bladder stones sine just after she turned one. Our vet recommend Urinary SO by Royal Canine, and we’ve religiously followed this diet for 4 years. Although, our dog has not had to undergo another surgery to remove stones, she still suffers from them. Obviously the RC isn’t doing the trick. After this last checkup, I’ve decided to search for an alternative and the Raw diet has been recommended several times. Can anyone, whose experienced the same problem recommended one Raw brand over another that has resolved the bladder stones?

  • sharron

    i have fed RC Chihuahua, long before you started posting on DFA. I’m not going to take sides here and say whether i think it’s a good or not so good food. All i know is that it works well for Lexee and her gastrointestinal problems that arise every so often. The food keeps her digestive system working well. but because it works for Lexee doesn’t mean i am going to start recommending it to people. what other people feed their pets is their business not mine. I only know what works for lexee, I am not qualified to start handing out advice to what people should be feeding. I have tried many other brands, that either Lexee didn’t like and wouldn’t eat or it caused constipation, or runny stools

  • Lanie Malvit

    compare the (high quality) ingredient’s in any two of their products, you’ll see the difference
    also they use different amounts of different (high quality) ingredients

  • sharron

    that makes sense – thanks for clarifying – they are not unique at all
    i think the only difference is kibble size – other than that the ingredients are all the same for all the breeds

  • Storm’s Mom

    I think she’s talking about the ones with the breed-specific name.. I wouldn’t say they are “unique formulas” ..more like “unique marketing strategy using basically the same recipe to create a hundred different products”

  • sharron

    unigue formulas? such as? – i’ve never seen any unique formulas – are these just in the states? i’m in alberta

  • Lanie Malvit

    actually royal canin has over 100 UNIQUE dog formulas, and they also have wet food options for picky dogs,

  • Storm’s Mom

    I’ve flagged a couple of Lanie’s posts for Dr Mike (the ones about being “sad” for people because their non-RC eating dogs are going to die in a year or two, etc), but he’s letting it go for some reason. I don’t get it *shrug*.

  • sharron

    you say all dogs should be fed RC and only RC – what if the dog doesn’t like it and refuses to eat it – what do you suggest an owner do, the dog has to eat

  • Lanie Malvit

    Actually the way i found out about royal canin was from my VET

    and the only communication i have had with royal canin in my life was a few times when i have a few questions, when i EMAILED them

    I just want all dogs to be happy and healthy, and they wont be if they keep eating this crap called raw food, But it will end if they all start eating royal canin!!

  • Lanie Malvit

    i cannot be banned for trying to inform you people that royal canin is the healthiest, and highest quality dog food that has ever existed!

  • Lanie Malvit

    they are HEALTHY carbohydrates,
    get your facts straight!

  • Lanie Malvit

    So you think that someone eating KFC every meal of their life will live longer than someone only eating veggies, rice, and healthy meats?
    (hint, raw food is the kfc)

  • Crazy4dogs

    If you look @ Lanie’s posts, It’s difficult to believe any dog food company would want to be represented in such a crazy manner. It’s better not to feed the troll. 😉

  • Crazy4dogs

    I understand that. I feed a variety of foods to my dogs, including raw. When I feed raw, I use commercial raw food and generally prefer the HPP processed ones and only the ones that are complete and balanced. When I use the premixes and grocery store meat, I generally cook it first. I don’t have a problem with feeding my dogs both raw and cooked fresh food.

  • Shawna

    We’ve been over this several times with Lanie and supplied credible sources. She’s not the least bit interested in actual facts though.

  • InkedMarie

    I remember her/him!

  • Azul

    It’s ridiculous how this person is allowed to troll this site. I’m surprised they haven’t been blocked or banned yet.

  • Azul

    No problem. I’m positive that everyone is tired of this Lanie troll and noboby really cares about the nonsense he keeps posting.

  • Cheryl Rooney

    Then your not feeding raw if your cooking it. Dogs very very rarely get salmonella etc from raw they have short guts that can handle it.

  • Cheryl Rooney

    You can however Barb there is a combination of MEAT ORGAN AND BONE needs to be in the raw for balanced food and that’s hard to do when buying retail. There are many companies that offer a balanced product in raw.

  • Cheryl Rooney

    False again Mr know it all.

  • Azul

    Because this is what trolls do. Apparently this person has nothing better to do than troll this site.

  • Cheryl Rooney

    Dogs do NOT need carbs

  • Cheryl Rooney

    Are you banging your head yet

  • Cheryl Rooney

    Please leave this forum. This is for people who want more education on various foods for their dogs. Not a one minded person like yourself. Royal Canin is NOT the best food for you dog just so you know. Are you getting a kick back from them?

  • Crazy4dogs

    Sorry, my mistake, I guess many people have similar views. I was wondering what happened to the other poster. I guess the other poster must be on vacation or taking a break from DFA. Nice to meet you Azul. 😉

  • Azul

    I agree. I have posted similar responses to Lanie twice. Both posts were removed. Weird

  • Babslynne

    You are a Troll! Your repetitive mind numbing relentless sales pitch for this brand with sub par ingredients has gotten on our last nerve and has only made us hate RC and your every last post. Telling us that we hate our dogs is fulfilling your title a Troll!
    In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussions.

  • Lanie Malvit

    Im sorry that you hate your dog,
    all owners should want the highest quality food for their dog, and im sad that you will be burying your dog in a year or two because of your poor choice

  • Azul

    Exactly.

  • Azul

    Nope. I only post here as Azul.

  • Storm’s Mom

    It’s your opinion that there’s this superclass of vets called “REAL vets” (although you’ve given no criteria by which to determine what makes a “REAL vet” different than any other vet or a veterinary nutritionist). It may (or may not) be that RC has “research to back up every single one of their ingredients” but it’s your opinion that that research is better or more important than other research that is contrary to your opinion. As I said, you’ve made your opinion very clear.. time to stop and/or move on. I’m moving on from this conversation, and won’t engage in it again.

  • Pitlove

    I’m assuming you are talking about Labsrawesome

  • mahoraner niall

    Im not going to get tied up in this whole royal canin debate, but Lanie, one thing i can tell you is that i will NEVER feed my dog royal canin, Even if they made a formula that had no by products, corn, brewers rice, wheat, or soy, i still would never give my money to royal canin, ever

  • Lanie Malvit

    I would like to thank my vet for informing me about royal canin, and royal canin for developing a food that is 100% healthy, with no fillers or bad ingredients and that will soon let dogs live until 27 years old again,

  • Lanie Malvit

    I will not stop until all dogs are on the best dog food on this planet, and that food is royal canin

  • Lanie Malvit

    So its my opinion that royal canin uses REAL vets to test and develop their food?
    is it my opinion that royal canin has research to back up every single one of their ingredients?
    those are facts, and if you dont believe me, ask them your self by email

  • InkedMarie

    You need to stop this anti-raw talk. If you want to try to cram RC down our throats, have at it but I cannot leave this post alone.

    What gave you the idea that “all the raw food companies are in CHINA”? That is completely wrong. False. Untrue.

    My dogs raw comes from PA, some from her very farm. Others from other places she trusts in the US

  • InkedMarie

    You need to do some research on raw diets.
    Clearly, you have not and you won’t.
    I hope someone fro RC happens upon DFA because I doubt they would be very impressed with you.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Please go away.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Azul, you look like a poster that used to be on here that I haven’t seen in awhile.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Actually, you’re not spewing facts, you’re spewing opinion. And you’ve made your opinion very clear.. we get it. Please stop/move on.

  • Lanie Malvit

    Im not just spewing facts just for the heII of it, im doing it to save your dogs life!
    I guarantee you if you try royal canin for just 3 weeks (only 21 days!) You will see the royal canin difference, and i guarantee you, that you wont want to stop after 21 days, and you’ll realize that royal canin actually IS the best food you could ever feed your dog, and that all of that raw sh!t is the worst stuff you could ever feed!!!

  • Lanie Malvit

    If anything, the royal canin diet would SAVE a dog from poisonous raw food!
    Also it would let them experience what its like to be the healthiest possible and let them live the fullest life possible!!
    Also, no i do not work for royal canin, i work for a small company near Philadelphia
    and according to my research, Royal canins headquarters is in FRANCE
    and in usa its in MISSOURI
    And all of the raw food companies are in CHINA

  • Azul

    Nobody.

  • Azul

    Um no.

  • Azul

    Hahaha

  • InkedMarie

    If you’re disgusted, I’m sure there is a Royal Canin forum out there somewhere.

  • Trevor

    Idk if you’re employed by royal canin or if you’re just ignorant, stop commenting before you harm someone else’s dog.

  • Lanie Malvit

    Actually the rice that royal canin uses is a high quality, high energy rice and is a source of healthy carbohydrates

  • Lanie Malvit

    You may not have adhd, but you DEFINITELY have some kind of mental illness if you think that raw food is even the littlest bit healthy, and royal canin is “not”

  • Trevor

    When the first ingredient is rice I’m going to say you couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • Lanie Malvit

    IM disgusted you would even suggest a raw diet! The healthiest food for any dog on earth is ROYAL CANIN, and always will be!

  • scbaty

    I live in Hawaii and have used Raw Dog chicken chub, some bones and tripe. They are so fantastic. It’s expensive but if you can afford it it’s really good food. The owner and the people who work for him are the nicest most helpful people I believe I’ve ever met. Even if you don’t use their food they want animals to be healthy and they will put you in the right direction no matter what you decide to feed your pet. I HIGHLY recommend them. Hope this helps. And I too feel left out living in Hawaii!

  • theBCnut

    I’m not Shawna, but I’ve been doing an elimination diet with my dog for a long time. To start out, you don’t worry about balancing the diet. That only matters over time, not in the short term. To start, you want to pick a protein source and a carb source that you believe your dog has never been exposed to before. You feed them this and only this for 8-10 weeks until all symptoms subside and a bit longer to make sure nothing else crops up. If all symptoms do not subside, then you need to pick a different protein and a different carb and start over again. After that, if symptoms don’t subside, you may assume that the issue is not a food allergy/sensitivity or depending on the degree of recovery, you may have multiple things going on such as environment sensitivities. If all symptoms subside, then at the end of your 8-10 weeks, you add one new food or add one new protein and one new carb, and wait to see if symptoms return. Feed this for 6 weeks if there is no reaction, before adding one new food, and so on until you know what your dog can eat. If your dog reacts, you go back to the two foods you know he can handle and start over again. every time you find a food he can eat or a food he can’t eat, you should go revisit it at a later time to “challenge” his system. This is when you will have your proof that a food is safe or not. You need to keep a detailed journal of everything you try and every symptom you see. Some foods will cause certain symptoms which may be different than the symptoms other foods cause. As an example, my dog gets greasy thinning itchy red coat if he eats chicken, but grains cause him to get acid reflux and bowel irritation. I started with ingredients for a recipe I was hoping to try and kept adding one more ingredient until I finally had a reasonably balanced meal I could feed my dog while I kept adding in new things. Then I worked toward checking off ingredients that were in a kibble I wanted to be able to use. That’s how I decided what to try next. Good luck! It’s a long process.

  • Karen E Bedill

    Shawna, I am curious if you follow Dr. Beckers recipes? I have two shih tzus that both suffer from allergies and I’m wanting to do an elimination diet and transition them to raw and ive been weeks putting it on hold because I’m so afraid that I won’t know what to give them, you seem very knowledgeable and I was hoping you may shed a little light in my direction so that I can get the ball rolling for these poor pooches.

  • bojangles

    Hi Erin.

    I never heard of this food before you mentioned it!

    I have never seen a raw food before that used Step 5 Chickens, let alone organic Step 5 chickens. When it comes to animal welfare, Step 5 certification is as good as it gets. It’s as close to an animal’s natural living conditions as possible. So I give them a huge thumbs up for this!!!

    The beef they use is supposed to be organic, grass fed and grass finished. I didn’t see anything about pasture raised so I can only hope it is.

    As far as quality goes this company’s foods are as good as I’ve ever seen.

    Now for some bad news, They make a lot of mistakes. On the pictures of their labels it says:

    Protein 95%
    Vegetables 4%
    Organic Supplements 1%

    The protein is not 95%, the meat content is 95%. The protein is about 40% on a dry matter basis, and the fat is around 40% also. So not only did they make a mistake in labeling, but the fat content is very high, probably around 65% on a calorie weighted basis.

    Another mistake I noticed is that the ingredient list for the “Pack Leader Chicken/Beef Blend 15 lb Bag” doesn’t list any chicken, it’s probably the ingredient list for the organic beef product instead.

    So according to their website the quality and animal welfare aspects of their foods are unsurpassed in my humble opinion, but the mistakes throw some doubt on the validity of what they say.

    I would probably only use this food in rotation with 2 or 3 better documented raw foods for now.

    I make my dog’s food from scratch, it’s the only way I feel comfortable when it comes to my furball’s diet!

  • Erin

    Any chance you can give an opinion on Raw Dog Hawaii chicken and beef products? I know it’s only useful for people in Hawaii but we always get left out over here. While possible, it is impractical and not the best idea to order things shipped from the mainland to Hawaii so I don’t buy any of the products you have listed. Thanks.

  • Megan Marie

    Please check out Shebang’s Natural Select!! Thank you!!

  • jjennilee

    Awesome thanks ..and these add all they need no need for additional vitamins etc for a healthy dog

  • Crazy4dogs

    I use a rotation of Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance, Sojos and The Honest Kitchen. Other posters might have some other suggestions.

  • jjennilee

    how do you know what premix to add to the raw meat is there a recipe or recipes to be aware of so the meal is balanced for them?>

  • Nina Paris

    In Miami there is a new company called wolf pack legacy raw diet. It’s not expensive and have everything your dog need

  • sean

    Dogs need to eat organs and bones of animals to get all of the nutrients, vitamins and mineral requirements ..they will get sick and malnourished with just meat…. it would be the worst thing anyone can do…speak to an expert on raw food for dogs…..a good resource is healthypets.mercola.com..Dr. BECKER IS AN EXPERT HOLISTIC Vet

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  • Azul

    I have no idea what you’re talking about. Why are you spamming
    the entire internet with jibberish about filling out forms?

  • LoreeRaine1

    Valuable commentary , I am thankful for the specifics – Does someone know if my assistant might be able to obtain a blank SEC Form 4 document to complete ?

  • Diana Francher

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge! : )

  • Millie Wagner

    We raw feed and our feeding area is in the garage. We use a lot of Clorox wipes for cleanup. As for licking, you can train your pup not to lick humans. We have done it and my last 3 knew that licking my face was completely off limits.

    This is one thing about feeding frozen raw that I really like: less mess and I don’t have to touch the food. We use it exclusively when we board or travel with our dog.

  • Millie Wagner

    You don’t need to cook the meat for your dogs: their digestive tracts are not the same as humans and are not as prone to problems with bacteria like ecoli or salmonella. With that said, if your pets are health compromised, then I would discuss this with a vet that understands raw-feeding before proceeding.

  • Millie Wagner

    You, can but you need to watch for sodium content and potential additives. If you are a thorough label reader you can do it, however, if you have friends or family that hunt or have a butcher or meat locker nearby you’d not have to worry as much about sodium content and/or additives. (Note: any fresh game should be frozen for a period of time to insure your dog doesn’t get any parasites/worms from the meat.)

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t think I said that meat sitting in the store picks up salmonella. I realize that salmonella most often comes from the processing plant. However, meat that sits can pick up a host of bacterial contaminants:

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/food/how-safe-is-your-ground-beef

    http://www.peta.org/living/food/meat-contamination/

    http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/superbugs/

  • Cannoli

    how long a meat sits in a store has nothing to do with salmonella. it’s were the meat is processed and whether the processor does salmonella testing at their facilities.

    for the most part i only feed raw none hormone pasture fed red meat. since free range grass fed animals TEND to not have as much salmonella issues as they are not cooped up in cages standing on top of their poop.

  • Marie Brochu

    Carnivora – http://www.carnivora.ca – company in Saskatoon, SK that has been around for 15+ years!! Their food is the one that all three of my dogs prefer over any of the ones they have tried. It has great consistency, no substitutions, and I know they stand behind their product. Please add them to this list!! 🙂

  • Crazy4dogs

    When I buy grocery store meat to feed my dogs, I cook it first, since it may have bacteria, salmonella, etc. Grocery store meat has sat around much longer than fresh butchered meat and is intended to be cooked. I then add a balanced premix to ensure the proper nutrients are in the diet. If you just throw some ground beef or a chicken leg at the dog and call it a day, nutritional deficiencies would eventually show up.
    Here’s a link to help explain raw diets:

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/15/raw-food-diet-part-3.aspx

  • Barb Glamser

    If I’m going to go raw, why can’t I just buy meat at the grocery store?

  • The one I feed is Nature’s Variety, and it’s processed under high pressure conditions without heat. So the amino acids don’t break down, and the nutrition is fully retained, but the pressure kills any harmful bacteria. Handle it like it’s meat and you’ll be fine.

  • Pitlove

    If you are concerned about pathogens (which is understandable), you can do a homecooked diet instead of raw. You still retain the same benefits. I would suggest consulting with a veterinary nutritionist on how to balance the meals properly for a puppy.

  • Stephany

    So my questions is, how easy and safe is it really? I have 8 month old and am getting a Brittany spaniel within the next two weeks. I keep learning more information about the raw diet as I feel it would be great for any animal but I am worried about the germs. Such as they will eat everything raw and maybe lick my daughter or I, so how do you guys keep their mouths clean??

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok, I’m of no help to you then. I use a couple of different brands of the prepared raw foods as toppers, but no home prepared. Best wishes to you and your puppy. I have big dogs. Some day I think I’d like a yorkie. I’m sure he is adorable!

  • Azul

    You’re welcome! Good luck with your dog. 🙂

  • Gabi Aamr

    I am currently living in Mexico, here there are no commercially prepared raw food options available… So I will be preparing them myself 🙂

  • Gabi Aamr

    thank you, thats a great forum!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Gabi-
    Are you planning on preparing the raw meals yourself or buying a complete and balanced commercially prepared raw diet?

  • Azul

    Hi Gabi, you might find more help with your question in the forums on this site.
    Just go to the top of the page and click on forums.
    There is a “Help with new to raw” thread over there.

  • Gabi Aamr

    Hi! I have a 4 month old Yorkie puppy, he is currently on purina PROPLAN kibble, however I am interested in switching him over to a raw food diet. I feel a bit lost as I have read that it is important to balance the minerals especially in a puppy. If anyone could give me some advice about what specifically I can feed him and in what amounts I would be very grateful.

  • Cannoli

    you sir are what i inspire to obtain with my pup. It is awe inspiring reading this comment. dogs are likes humans. they are meant to work, it makes them happy and are not meant to eat meat flavored cereal while sleeping all day

  • Think about it

    I believe it is not that raw food diets are so controversial as it is the treatment of those who choose other diets, by most raw feeders. Kibble feeders have been told they don’t love their pets, are neglectful owners, etc. Kudos to you! Most people don’t have the stomach for slaughter, but I would assume most food-animal farmers do feed raw.

  • Mel

    It amazes me that raw food diets are so controversial! At any given time I have a dozen working sheep dogs (Kelpies) on my farm here in Australia. I have always feed raw meat, bones & offal to my dogs. In large part because it’s cheap and accessible (we kill on farm for them and us). Beef and lamb for the ones in work and Kangaroo for the older less active dogs due to it’s lower fat content. They have access to self feeders of high quality kibble when ever they like (hardly ever). Get raw fresh eggs at least twice a week and seek out fallen fruit from our fruit trees when in season. My dogs highly tuned athletes & perform long hours in intense weather conditions. I wouldn’t consider feeding them anything else! They thrive on this diet.

  • Susan

    Hi there’s a EPI Face Book group on F/B there’s a lot of GSD owners on that site……
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/38663535025/

  • Justin Gross

    Keep in mind, raw foods like chicken have a high water content. I am not sure about their age, but raw meat can cause your puppy to need to urinate frequently. The old idea of picking up the water bowl in the evening does not apply -err make a difference. I say this incase your puppies are not housebroken, whether crate trained or not.

  • InkedMarie

    YOU replied to Justin; I was replying to you!

  • Jessika Sueiras

    Thanks so much and sorry about the name

  • InkedMarie

    I’m not Justin but the amount dogs need depends on the dogs, sizes and breeds. Puppies (under a year) may eat more than adults. I use the calculator at Hare Today 9google for their link)

  • Jessika Sueiras

    Hi Justin…I have three puppies and I would like to know how many pounds of raw food should I give them in a day?

  • Joudee303

    Can you evaluate “All Provide”?

  • Kat Connor

    Hi everyone!!!
    Thanks for the interest!
    My apologies for not expanding upon the acronyms. I forget that not everybody knows these abbreviations.

    Yes, GSD = German Shepard Dog
    CCD = canine compulsive disorder (the canine equivalent of human OCD). CCD typically surfaces when they hit puberty (6 – 12 mo) … What we still consider “puppyhood”. It it is estimated that CCD occurs in 2 – 3% of the canine population ( some animal behaviorist believe that it occurs in approximately one out of every 50 dogs).
    GSDs are pre-disposed to CCD and as such are at high risk to having CCD. From very mild two more severe, any repetitive motion…. from digging water in the water bowl to chasing the tail is part of the CCD.

    Sometimes they grow out of it and although we’ve had many GSDs this young man is the first one that has had such a severe case of the CCD

    The research from Finland is very interesting and looks promising but I haven’t located any supplements to specifically target to be vitamins that are meant for dogs

    So when I found your site and this forum, I thought it would be worth a shot to see if anyone out there has had any experiences with excessive CCD in a GSD, or any other breed for that matter

    Thanks!
    Kat

  • millersway

    Thank you InkedMarie, never would have guessed the GSD. The OCD was the only one I had a clue on.

  • theBCnut

    I think CCD is the canine equivalent of OCD.

  • InkedMarie

    Oops, I replied to the wrong person…see my reply above.

  • InkedMarie

    In case she doesn’t answer, I can help with a couple:

    GSD: German Shepherd Dog
    OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    I don’t know what CCD is. I thought Canine Cognitive Disorder but that is not something a 7 month old dog has.

  • millersway

    Please spell out your acronyms once

  • Haley Jacquard

    I’m hoping to see Mountain Dog Food added to the list soon 🙂 would love to see how it scores on this site.

  • Carola Becker

    I would stay away from Hills or any of those Prescription diets. They are pure junk.

  • Justin Gross

    I thought this was going to be a good canine diet article. The lost has dog brands. Makes me laugh. People. People…. Whole raw chickens also including the organs, is the very best diet in general. Add carrots and other non-leady vegetables. Once in a while, throw them a nice big sirloin. Reminder: No dog should be fed cooked bones of any kind. Raw bones are exceptionally healthy and are key to making a difference in a dogs diet. Feed all-natural. If you cannot afford such a meal, which is cheaper and healthier than those disgustingly grotesque raw dog meals in your pet store’s freezer, you CAN supplement with kibble. As a matter of fact, I recommend it. Supplementing can relieve the cost greatly, because the raw food is so… hmmm… what your dogs body needs, and does not only just fill your dogs mass to keep him breathing, which is what kibble does. BUT, when supplementing, always feed the kibble earlier than a raw bone meal. When fed after the raw bone meal, the kibble can make your dog sick and potentially fatally septic as the kibble gets stuck and rots in place because the dogs body is busy taking the plethera of nutrients out of the bone meal, where the kibble flies thru because it is half filler and non-nutritional and well, not bone. Your dog will be better in mood, spirit, alertness and athleticism with a REAL raw food diet. Your dog will handle weight better and love you extra for every meal. When feeding a whole chicken, it is good to let the dog fast. My Doberman and Golden Retriever both eat about four large chicken breasts in the mor ing and in the evening, they get another breast and a whole, large chicken. Side note: If a dog refuses to eat what you are ordering him to eat, do not let them own you. Your dog will not starve. He will eat it eventually and everything will be just fine. Your dog just knows that he owns you and well, maybe its time you act like a leader and have your dog get off of his high horse. Also, if your dog is on a full, raw food diet and cannot gold weight, do the supplementing with a premium kibble. It will give it the little bit of filler you need. An all raw food diet xan be very expensive. But don’t do it half-arsed. Either buy your dog crappy premium dog food or feed them a real, REAL raw meat, vegetable and grain diet. There is no point of in-between with those dog food brands of raw diets. And please, learn how to read a dog food label. If it says, “chicken MEAL,” or something not likely on human food, it is what manipulating words is to polishing a terd. It is not what you think. Sounds great, but you are wasting your money. Especially if it were to say, “Contains chicken meal.” Oh thats a funny one. So, they could put 1 gram of chicken MEAL in and slap that on the label. After all, the bag then contains chicken meal…

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