Dog owners may have noticed the freezers in their local pet stores that seem to be getting bigger and bigger with raw food products.
We set out to learn more about the popularity of this type of feeding.
Kimberly Gauthier runs a national raw food blog, Keepthetailwagging.com, from her home in Marysville.
She points to many benefits of raw diets: shinier coats, more energy, better behavior, and reduction of allergy symptoms.
Gauthier prepares her own raw diets by grinding meat, preparing vegetables, and adding ingredients such as tripe, turkey liver, and kidneys.
"One of the things veterinarians are concerned about is that we're not feeding dogs a nutritious balanced diet," said Gauthier, who aims for the following mix: 80 percent muscle, 10 percent organ meat and 10 percent bone.
Some of the risk comes to humans who need to be extra careful when handling raw products, always needing to wash bowls and utensils carefully.
Dr. Kevin Reed, a veterinarian based in Seattle, says raw diets can provide a balanced diet. He cautions against other issues for your dog, including broken teeth when chewing bone fragments that could be present.
Gauthier showed her secret ingredients to preparing raw food for her four dogs.
- 18 pounds ground venison
- 7 pounds ground duck necks (2 pounds meat, 2 pounds bone)
- 4 pounds green tripe, organ meat mix (beef heart, lungs, liver, spleen and pancreas with green tripe)
- 2 cups of Gauthier's vegetable mix, which includes bone broth
- Fish Oil
- Digestive Supplement
- Joint Supplement