15 Jun Are You Killing Your Bully With These “Healthy” Foods?
Emergence of the Raw Food Trend
Some breeds, like greyhounds and sled dogs, followed a raw diet long before it arrived on the market. In 1993, Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst introduced the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet with his book “Give Your Dog a Bone: The Practical Commonsense Way to Feed Dogs for a Long Healthy Life.” It is now serves as an alternative to grain based-commercial foods for household pets.
Potential Benefits of the Raw Food Diet
Pet owners, breeders, and a small community of veterinarians claim the diet leads to:
- Improved coat
- Improved skin and oral health
- Increased energy levels
- Diminished chronic health issues
- Longer life spans
Potential Risks of the Raw Food Diet
Many mainstream veterinarians and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are in opposition. They have punched holes in the claims that the raw food diet is a healthy choice for canines.
Some major risks to consider:
- Bacteria from raw meats pose a threat to animals and humans
- Nutritional deficiencies, which could do more harm than good over time
- Choking hazard posed by whole bones. (They can also break teeth, and cause internal injuries if they splinter).
Another issue with any homemade diet, cooked or raw, is nutrient imbalance. Several factors determine what a dog needs for basic body functions to occur. These include weight, lifestyle, and the role of the dog. (This explains why working dogs may thrive on a raw food diet, but a Bulldog may not respond as well).
The Bottom Line
As with the human Paleo diet, the raw food diet includes the foods our bodies need to survive, with no extras. But, our ancestors had short life spans. So, it’s best to proceed with caution if you want to adopt a raw food diet for your bully.
What do you think of the raw food diet? What sort of impact has it had on your bully? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.