Suggested Raw Dog Foods


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

  • Jude

    Thanks guys! :)

  • Dori

    The really are adorable!

  • theBCnut

    They are still the cutest!!

  • Crazy4cats

    Their ears are so cute!

  • Bobby dog

    They are precious!!

  • Jude

    Here are my puppies, but awake this time lol
    Opie is the all Brown, and Jaxx is the white with brown spots :)

  • Dori

    Hey, it’s a different culture. My husband and I, at the time, thought it bizarre at some of the things that they thought was hysterically funny. In turn we scratched our head trying to figure out what we had said that made them laugh so much. Misinterpretations I think was at fault some times. As I’ve said. Very lovely people.

  • Dori

    Hey! Technology. Part of it’s mystic to us non techie people is that it’s a mystery. Gotta love the good part and put up with the mysteries of it all.

  • theBCnut

    I have a friend that was a pro golfer, and he went to Japan as a missionary because they love golf so much. He had the funniest stories to tell about their sense of humor and how appalled they were with his sense of humor.

  • Cyndi

    I’ll sell it to my half sister, lol! She’s planning on going back, then she’ll already have her Yen! See, I can’t even make that symbol if I try, lol! I don’t know how the heck I did that before, lol!

  • Dori

    Japan is actually a very interesting place to visit. Really lovely people.

  • Dori

    Unless you are actually going to Japan and then you’d better save all your yen!

  • Cyndi

    Yeah, I’ll just stay home. I have no interest in going to Japan anyways. Although my half sister went there over the summer for a while and wants to go back badly! Not me though. I’ll keep my feet firmly planted in good old Northeast Snowhio! Yuck!

  • Cyndi

    Lol! Thanks Dori, that sure would be nice!

  • theBCnut

    Yes, it’s the Japanese dollar, which one would normally get in Japan, but peopel do use it to denote money in general, not just Japanese money. I suppose you can just stay home, if that;s really what you want.

  • Dori

    Love your sense of humor BC.

  • Dori

    Keep your fingers, toes and eyes crossed Cyndi, the yen may be coming your way.

  • Leroy Williams

    After her presentation at this years IACP convention I thought I would see Wendy Volhards Raw food diet on here.