Is It OK To Feed Your Dog A Raw Diet? It Might Have Health Benefits, A New Study Says

Walking into a pet store and trying to choose the best food for Fido can be overwhelming. Should you get kibble, dehydrated-human grade, wet, or raw food? Is it OK to feed your dog a raw diet? A new study published in the Journal of Animal Science found that while raw and fresh-food diets do have health benefits, it’s really up to each individual pet parent to decide on a food based on what they know about their dog.

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.

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