6 Reasons to Not Feed Your Dog Raw Meat

Considering feeding your fur baby a raw diet? Here are 6 points we think are important to consider! But first...

What is a raw diet?  

“Raw diets usually contain some or all of the following: muscle meat from animals (often still on the bone); bones (whole or ground); organ meats (e.g., liver, kidney); raw eggs; raw vegetables and/or fruit; and possibly some dairy products, such as unpasteurized yogurt or milk. As the name implies, the food is not cooked prior to feeding.” (AVMA.org)

#1 Dogs are Not Wolves 

Just like pandas, dogs don't need to eat meat: “The concept of 'evolutionary nutrition' ignores the simple fact that taxonomy and phylogeny are not destiny, nor do they reliably predict the specific details of a species’ biology, including its nutritional needs. Sure, dogs are in the order Carnivora, but so are giant pandas, which are almost exclusively herbivorous.” -Dr. Brennen McKenzie, MA, VMD. Dogs have evolved for thousands of years beside humans and are omnivores. They're able to digest and utilize starchy foods through increased Amylase secretion with help from the AMY2B gene. Learn more: "Dogs are Not Wolves: Amylase, Starch Digestion and Vegan Diets

#2 Wolves Don't Eat Cows

According to Defenders.org, “Wolves eat ungulates, or large hoofed mammals, like elk, deer, moose and caribou, as well as beaver, rabbits and other small prey.”  Common recipes in a raw feeding diet for dogs include meat from few or none of these ungulates, but does include raw meat and organs from farmed animals such as cows, lambs, fish, ostriches, pigs and turkeys. If a raw diet is what is most "natural" for a dog, then why does it so commonly include the meats and organs of animals wolves would never or extremely rarely hunt/catch in the wild? 

#3 Contamination

Since nearly half of supermarket chicken is tainted by feces, feeding your dog even "human grade" raw meat raises concern for transmitting potentially harmful bacteria to you and your dog: "Some of the commonly-known pathogens that can be present in meat include Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter. Other pathogens that may contaminate raw meat include Toxoplasma gondii (the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis), Cryptosporidium, Echinococcus, Clostridium, Neospora and Sarcocystis The same applies to raw meat fed to pets. If the raw food isn’t adequately treated to eliminate pathogens, you could be feeding your pet potentially harmful pathogens that could cause illness in your pets and/or your family.” (AVMA.org)

“Listeria bacteria are commonly found in uncooked meats, vegetables and unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria like cold temperatures and can grow and spread in the refrigerator." (FoodSafetyNews.com)

#4 Carcinogens

Red meats have been declared carcinogenic by the World Health Org, and carcinogens are are found in other meats like chicken. Why take a risk by feeding your beloved pup these foods? The plant kingdom is rich with nutrient-dense foods that provide all of the nutrients necessary for vibrant health in dogs.

#5. Ethics as an 'Animal Lover'

At v-dog, we love all animals. Dogs, cows, pigs, chickens…you name it! We believe since all of the nutrition a doggy needs can be delivered through a nutritionally complete, plant-based dog food (as we've seen over the past 11+ years at V-dog), there is no need to kill certain animals to feed other animals. As animal lovers, it’s important for us to consider the ethical inconsistency of which animals we choose to love and which we choose to feed to our pups. 

"In their capacity to feel pain and fear, a pig is a dog is a bear is a boy." -Phillip Wollen 

#6 Environmental Sustainability 

Raising animals for food is the number one cause of environmental degradation. See the below fact images and check out the film Cowspiracy on Netflix to take a deeper (non-graphic) look into the environmental dark side of the animal agriculture industry. 




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