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Raw Food vs Kibble for Pets: Weighing the Pros and Cons for Your Furry Friends

Raw food and kibble both have their pros and cons when it comes to feeding dogs. Having a wide range of information will help you decide what is best for your fur baby.
Raw Food (BARF or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) has taken our market place by storm. Proponents of Raw food state the nutritional value; they believe that it provides a more natural and nutritionally balanced diet, similar to what dogs would eat in the wild. Raw food diets can help improve your fur babies coats and often dail down skin issues: Some owners claim that dogs on raw diets have shinier coats and healthier skin. As well chewing on raw bones can help clean teeth and gums, reduce dental issues and help with cribbing or tearing apart your furniture . Some dogs with sensitive stomachs or allergies may do better on a raw diet.

For some there are food safety concerns.: The risk of bacterial contamination for both the dog and the owner when handling raw meat. Feeding your animal a raw diet often requires careful planning, sourcing, and preparation of ingredients. As well, the cost of feeding your dog a raw diet can be more expensive than kibble, especially if high-quality ingredients are used. Combined with the time it takes to create your animals meals can be costly in both time and high quality ingredients. Meal planning is important when choosing a raw diet for your pet.

Balance is always the best choice when choosing what to feed our pets. Ensuring a balanced diet with all necessary nutrients can be challenging without careful planning and supplementation. High quality kibble is easy to store, measure and serve. In general kibble tends to be more affordable than raw diets. Most store bought kibbles meet the standers by the AAFCO Association of American Feed Control Officials), providing a balanced diet for dogs. Combined with the longer shelf life and no need for refrigeration makes kibble the easier choice.
However if your animal is prone to allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients commonly found in kibble formulations (like grains or specific proteins) may be the reason for your animals allergies and uncomfortability, making a raw diet a better choice. As well Some argue that dry kibble doesn’t offer the same teeth-cleaning benefits as raw bones.
Ultimately, the choice between raw food and kibble depends on factors such as your dog’s individual needs, health conditions, your lifestyle, budget, and your comfort level with handling raw meat. It’s recommended to consult with a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist to make an informed decision that suits your dog’s specific requirements.

Here are a few of our favorite Raw food doggie diner sites::


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