According to a news release about the study, researchers tested the palatability and digestibility of three commercially marketed fresh and raw diets for dogs, as well as a traditional kibble diet on eight healthy beagles for 30 days. The foods included a raw diet, a lightly cooked and roasted refrigerated diet, a lightly cooked grain-free roasted-refrigerated diet, and traditional dry dog food.
“The roasted diets turned out to be more digestible than the kibble, and both the grain-free roasted diet and the raw diet resulted in lower blood triglyceride levels than the kibble diet, even though they were higher in fat,” the news release noted. If you have a dog, Fido is likely part of your family, and you want to make sure you’re giving him the most nutritious food available. If you do decide to try a raw diet, it’s important to talk to your vet to make sure it’s a good option based on your dog’s overall health and dietary needs.