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Can I Feed My Dog Raw Meat?

Why feed raw meat?

If you’re wondering whether you can feed your dog raw meat, the answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you do so. First, make sure the meat is fresh and of good quality, buying from a reputable supplier is key and ensure they are formulated to the same EU standards as other pet foods. Second, avoid bones that could splinter and hurt your dog, do this by reading the ingredients. Third, be aware that some dogs may be allergic to raw meat, so if you are going to try the raw diet do so with caution. If you’re unsure whether raw meat is right for your dog, talk to your vet. 

What is raw meat?

Raw meat is meat that has not been cooked. In some cases it may have undergone some dehydration in which case it may be shaped into pellets, but usually it’s just straight from the butcher. It can be in any number of forms from steaks to ground beef to chicken breasts. Usually you will get it ground in a sealed container including vegetables and natural supplements that are required to ensure full nutrition is achieved. Raw meat usually has a very distinct smell and it’s not overly pleasant. It smells sort of like the smell you get from your dirty laundry if it’s been sitting in the washing machine for a couple days. 

The pros: benefits of raw meat for dogs

Raw meat is an excellent source of nutrients for dogs and can have many health benefits for dogs (and cats).

One of the main benefits of feeding raw meat to dogs is that it is packed with nutrients. Raw meat contains high levels of protein, fat, and essential amino acids, which are all important for a healthy, well-rounded diet for your puppy. It also includes minerals such as phosphorus and zinc, which are essential for a dog’s growth and development.

Another benefit of raw meat is that it can help to improve a dog’s skin and coat health. The fatty acids in raw meat can help to keep a dog’s skin moisturized and can also promote a shiny, healthy coat. These fatty acids are also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for dogs with allergies or other skin conditions. Finally, feeding raw meat to dogs can also help to boost their immune system.

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The cons: potential problems with raw meat

Raw meat may contain harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning in dogs and the bacteria can be present even if the meat looks and smells normal. So it’s important to follow the storage instructions closely to make sure that this doesn’t happen to your dog. Dogs with weak immune systems or puppies are especially susceptible to these harmful effects.

Another potential problem with feeding dogs raw meat is that it may not be nutritionally complete. This is because commercial dog foods are formulated to provide all the nutrients a dog needs. Feeding a dog a raw meat diet may result in nutritional deficiencies over time.

Finally, raw meat is often expensive. Buying high-quality, fresh meat can be costly, and it may not be necessary if your dog is already eating a balanced commercial diet.

Feeding dogs raw meat is associated with increased presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

When it comes to feeding our furry friends, we want to make sure they’re getting the best possible nutrition. Which is where the popular trend of feeding pets raw food came from. However, a new study has found that this practice may be associated with increased levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in dogs.

Researchers have tested samples of raw meat from commercial suppliers and found that more than half of them contained antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When these samples were fed to dogs, they showed an increased presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their system. The study’s lead author says that while the findings don’t necessarily mean that raw meat is unsafe for dogs, they do raise concerns about the potential for these bacteria to spread to humans.

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What to consider before feeding raw meat to your dog

There are a few things you should consider before you start feeding your dog raw meat. First, make sure that the meat is fresh and from a reputable source. You don’t want to feed your dog meat that is old or has been sitting out for a long time. Second, make sure that you are feeding your dog the right amount of raw meat. You don’t want to overfeed your dog and make them sick or feed them too little and risk them being too thin. Lastly, make sure that you are monitoring your dog’s health closely when you first start feeding them raw meat. You want to make sure that they are not having any adverse reactions to the new food.

How to introduce raw meat into your dog’s diet

If you’re interested in feeding your dog a raw meat diet, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to slowly introduce raw meat into your dog’s diet. Start by mixing a small amount of raw meat into your dog’s regular food. Once your dog has adjusted to this, you can start increasing the amount of raw meat until it forms the majority of their diet. It’s also important to make sure that the meat you’re feeding is high quality and free of any toxins or parasites. Finally, be sure to consult with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet.


A raw meat diet may not be the best option for your dog. While it is possible to feed your dog raw meat, it is important to do your research to make sure that you are doing it safely. There are some risks associated with feeding your dog raw meat, and you should talk to your veterinarian about whether or not this type of diet is right for your pet. If you’re interested in feeding your dog the best food possible, have a look at dog food comparison websites here

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