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

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