Benefits of Feeding Your Dog a Raw Diet

08 October 2013 ~ 10 Comments

One of the biggest advocates of the raw diet for dogs is Jody Freeland. She’s also a Corgi Mom! She started feeding a raw food diet 6 years ago. She learned about this diet through a training facility where she took her oldest Corgi, who was 5 months at the time, to do some obedience training.

She was, at first, shocked that chicken bones could be fed to dogs! So, she did a ton of research, bought books, etc. and made the switch immediately to the raw diet from the kibble diet. Most times you want to gradually change your dog’s diet, but she was so horrified by what she was feeding her dogs, she made her dogs go cold turkey and they had no negative reaction. Some dogs will have some issues if they don’t go through a period of transition, though.

At the time of the switch Jody had Nicky, a 9 year old Collie who had the worst periodontal disease and his coat was somewhat coarse, and Gibson, a 1 year old Pembroke Corgi. Within 2 months Nicky’s gums became normal, his teeth whitened up, and most important NO more bad breath. Jody noticed he had a lot more energy and he built up some muscle mass on his body. His coat became silky like a Collie’s should be. Gibson’s coat became shinier and she had more energy. She already had pretty good teeth, since she was so young.

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Gibson

9 months later, Jody got a male Corgi, Rickenbacker, aka Ricky. He had fleas and his coat was a little dull. She immediately put him on the raw diet and he had the same result as Gibson.

When Gibson was 2, she had a litter of 5 puppies by Ricky. They were all weaned on raw food, however, none of the people who took puppies kept them on a raw diet. Judy and her family kept the oldest pup, Fender, and he’s never eaten anything but raw. He’s 5 years old now and looks awesome and is extremely healthy! Jody gets many compliments on her Corgis’ weight and how fit they look. Even her veterinarian is impressed by how healthy they look!

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Ricky

Last year, Jody, who’s going to school to become a certified canine behavior counselor, wrote a research paper on raw vs. kibble for her Canine Nutrition class she took at the American College of Applied Science. Here’s an excerpt from her paper, “The Controversy Between a Raw Food Diet and a Kibble Diet: Is a Raw Food Diet Healthier for our Pets?”, about the benefits of feeding a raw diet:

“Food that is whole, fresh, and uncooked helps the body fend off aging, improve cell oxygenation, metabolism and renewal, helps fight off diseases, and is easily digested (Pitcairn and Pitcairn, 1982). The feces don’t have a bad odor, and will turn white and powdery, and disappear. Dogs have clean, healthy white teeth and have no need for cleanings by a veterinarian. Obesity is non-existent, with weight being easily controlled (Lonsdale, 2001). Energy levels are higher. Coats are silky, healthy and shiny (Lee, 2012).

Raw food contains 75-80% water, which is vital for proper digestion and could possibly decrease the risk of bloat and calcium oxalate bladder stones (Brown and Taylor).

There are different types of raw food diets. Raw meaty bones, known as the prey model diet, is closest to a wolves’ diet, and the BARF diet, which is similar, with the addition of vegetables and fruits, homemade, cooked diets, and dehydrated raw diets (Wildwater).

To achieve all the nutrient requirements for a dog, a raw food diet should consist of:

Raw meat – muscle meat from chicken, beef, turkey, fish, lamb, and rabbit, organ meat.
Raw bone – all bones, included with the muscle meat, rib bones for chewing, but weight bearing bones of older animals are too dense and can damage teeth.
Raw vegetables – asparagus, broccoli, celery, lettuce, kale, squash, carrots, green beans. All in small quantities. Vegetables high in oxalic acid should be fed sparingly as it may interfere with calcium absorption. Too many cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli) can alter thyroid function (Schultze, 1998).”

Jody also says it is cheaper to feed raw than processed kibble, as it costs her about $1.00/lb on average. If you’d like more info about the raw diet, or you have questions for Jody, she’d be happy to answer them! You can find her contact info here: DogTrainingFacts101.com or e-mail her directly at notraniwsj(at)yahoo.com – replace (at) with @.

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Fender, Gibson & Ricky’s baby

10 Responses to “Benefits of Feeding Your Dog a Raw Diet”

  1. Jody Freeland 8 October 2013 at 12:33 pm Permalink

    Thanks Andreea, for the lovely blog post. My website for dogs is dogtrainingfacts101.com or you can directly email me at notraniwsj(at)yahoo.com.

    Thanks!

  2. KP 8 October 2013 at 1:14 pm Permalink

    We just got a 9 week old corgi puppy and immediately switched him over to a raw prey model diet. He is 2 weeks in and absolutely loves it. Although he likes liver and other organ meats his favorites are ground beef (he like the 85% lean kind) and chicken.

    My sister has fed her dog raw for years and has had amazing results. I recommend to everyone that they consider this diet for the health of their pets

  3. Miranda and Pocket 8 October 2013 at 1:33 pm Permalink

    Pocket has been on a raw diet for about 2 years and is thriving. She’s been quite itchy lately and i’m unclear as to why. She eats whole chickens and rabbits from our farm plus occasional red meats from a local butcher. She did break two major teeth early on before i read about the ‘no load bearing bones’ rule which is SO VERY IMPORTANT!

  4. Geena 8 October 2013 at 3:21 pm Permalink

    Is it possible to ensure that all of the raw meat/bones you feed your dogs is not contaminated with e. coli or salmonella? I would be worried about my dogs getting pretty sick from that. I would imagine that you get your raw food from the grocery store (perhaps a butcher?), it is definitely possible to buy meat that is contaminated. Possible e. coli or salmonella poisoning is one reason that it is strongly suggested that you cook meat/poultry to a certain temperature.

  5. Sake Bombs 8 October 2013 at 4:50 pm Permalink

    We don’t feed 100% raw, but are lucky enough to have a specialty shop for dog food out here in Southern California (Just Food For Dogs). We get similar feedback from everyone who sees our Corgi – his coat is great, his weight is under control, he looks healthy, is full of energy and happy. We also let him snack on raw fruits and vegetables, and the occasional scrap bone from the butcher shop — he loves them! We do cut his food with Orijen dry food too – to avoid problems when we travel and are unable to accommodate his diet.

    Another natural chew toy that our dog really enjoys is Elk Antler, especially the ones that are cut diagonally to expose extra marrow.

  6. georgie lin schneider 8 October 2013 at 6:19 pm Permalink

    Been feeding RAW diet all my dogs life now – 10+yrs. Had 2 on it….and I am a strong advocate for it when ever I can be or am asked. Like you I noticed right away the results. It saved my first corgi’s life as he was getting too heavy. My current corgi has been on it all her life, now 9yrs old, and is strong, healthy, and active…Not a fat schlub like others are at this age. Out of her litter she is the only one on RAW and it shows . I feel so embarrassed when we meet her siblings as the difference is startling to see.

  7. Vicki 9 October 2013 at 8:00 am Permalink

    Now, please help find a cure for Degenerative Myleopathy in Corgis.

    • Joyce Randall 17 March 2014 at 11:46 am Permalink

      If people would test their dogs for DM and NOT breed the ones that are carriers we could correct the problem. Too many people mating their dogs in the backyard and selling puppies for $200 on Craig’s List.

  8. KP and Sirius 9 October 2013 at 11:29 am Permalink

    Geena,

    I wouldn’t worry about things like salmonella. Dogs digestive systems (acidity levels, gut flora, etc etc) is very different from humans and is well adopted to dealing with microbes and infections in raw food. This puts them at significantly lower risk than humans.

    One thing we need to remember is that a dog is a different species and has gone through a different evolutionary path. Best think we can do for our pets is to emulate their natural environment (which never included grains or processed / cooked foods)

  9. Linda Cell 17 February 2017 at 12:26 pm Permalink

    Hi THERE IHAVE A 2 YEAR OLD CORGI, HOW MUCH RAW FOOD SHOULD SHE EAT A DAY?

    PLEASE ADVISE. THANK YOU SO MUCH

    KIND REGARDS
    LINDA


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