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Feeding Raw

What is Feeding Raw all about?
Raw feeding refers to a type of diet fed to dogs (and cats) which totally excludes all commercial dog foods.

Whether or not you decide to feed your Bulldog a raw diet is a decision that should not be made on a whim. To help you decide if feeding raw may be for you, we have created a short FAQ about the diet. Keep in mind that this FAQ is very general and should not be taken as the last word on this subject.

The raw diet, like life, has many different successful routes. People have different ideas about the raw diet. If you become confused, or encounter difficulty, do not necessarily go back to commercial foods, but start thinking about what is best for your Bullie.

Why do people choose to feed raw?
Grains can be a source of allergies in dogs. Grains make up the majority of dog food company food sources. Many people find when they switch to an all natural diet, the allergies their dogs had disappear.

What foods are fed?
Start with the basics - raw chicken bones, carcasses, wings, necks. For the majority of raw feeders, this makes up the foundation of their dog's meals. However, if chicken is not readily available, use what is available locally - raw meaty lamb, beef, venison, duck, rabbit, kangaroo, pig, raw whole fish. You get the picture.

Why should I feed a raw diet?
Many claim that a raw diet provides a range of benefits that commercial dog diets are unable to match. These benefits include:

  1. Less doggy odor
  2. Naturally cleans teeth - no need for toothbrushes, de-scaling jobs, or gum disease
  3. The time it takes for a dog to chew a raw meaty bones give their stomach adequate time to get the acids moving
  4. Much less stools produced - and they are firm, and turn chalky after a couple of days
  5. Decreased or non-existent vet bills (your dogs are healthier!)
  6. Less cost for dog food - commercial dog foods can be expensive
  7. Mirrors what a dog would be getting in the wild - and certainly even the modern day dog has a digestive tract exactly the same as a wolf.
  8. Puppies develop at a more appropriate rate - and quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup.
  9. The ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of the dog. Commercial dog foods will never assist in this important muscle development.

What have people have reported?
People who have switched their dogs to a raw diet from commercial dog foods have reportedly found the following:

This has been a very brief treatment of the subject of raw diets. We hope to be adding much more to this page very soon.

Note: This document is provided for information purposes only. Lord Goliath's Bulldog Domain does not guarantee the veracity of this information. Under no circumstances should this information replace the advice of your verterinarian.