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Part 4 Have You Considered Feeding Your Dog A Raw Diet?

Is Kibble/Canned Pet Food (Processed) Safe To Feed Your Dog?

Have you considered feeding your dog a raw diet – series Part 4

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason

The question we should all be asking now is if kibble or canned pet food is safe.  Is it safe to feed dogs food that uses the most inferior ingredients they can, that cooks/heats the ingredients at HIGH temperatures several times in order to create a hard pebble for dogs to consume, and then inject or spray on loads of synthetic (aka FAKE) vitamins and minerals (all cheap and questionably sourced) onto or into the food to meet standards created by the big pet food giants who want us to believe that grains, vegetables, feathers, etc. are healthy for our dogs?????

Possibly you are not yet aware that despite advertising claims, the majority of commercial pet foods are NOT optimally healthy for your dog (or cat). Processed, convenient “pet food” is devoid of nutritional value, no matter what the label on the bag or can may tout. 

The pet nutrition industry is just like the human food industry – actually worse in many respects.  They are full of hype and false claims, peddling inferior nutritional choices. Almost all of the so-called “healthy pet foods” on the market contain inferior meat meals, cheap grains like corn and soy, fillers, by-products, food coloring, pesticides, preservatives, and other contaminants in addition to being “processed”.

Our companion animals evolved to consume living, unprocessed foods, and when not fed a raw diet,  nearly every important biochemical pathway in their body is disrupted. This is, as can imagine, a prescription for disaster, and maintaining your dog (or cat) on completely cooked and refined foods will clearly impact their organ health.

Will still a little known fact, it is now well-known that, processed pet food (kibble and canned food) is the number one cause of illness and premature death in modern dogs and cats.

Today, let’s do  a little comparing of feeding a species specific, raw diet with feeding processed food (Kibble or Canned) to our dogs (and cats).


Raw meat, bones and organs are easier to digest because it is species appropriate, which means that our dogs are able to easily digest and assimilate nutrients because they getting all of their vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, etc. in their natural state.

Kibble/Canned Food is hard to digest because it is over processed until all nutrients are destroyed and it contains synthetic vitamins that are difficult to often impossible to absorb, and is filled with grains, starches and vegetables that aren’t natural for a dog’s diet.

Immune System Health

Raw Food – The digestive system is closely tied to the immune system and when fed raw meat, bones and organs, the dog is getting nutrients in their live, natural state which makes them digestible and naturally assimilate.  80% of the immune system is housed in the gut.  Raw fed dogs’s digestive and immune system are healthier.  This is why we see far fewer to NO allergies and other health issues so common in kibble fed dogs.

Kibble/Canned Food – If you have a dog that has food and/or environmental “allergies”, itchy skin, dull coat  and chronic ear infections – it’s because of the food.  Their immune system is attempting to eliminate toxins and fighting without its natural back-up – a healthy gut.

Teeth and Breath

Raw fed dogs enjoy raw meaty bones, recreational bones and chewy green tripe to clean their teeth, strengthen their jaws, neck, and shoulder muscles, while satisfying their chew drive.  Their clean white teeth also come with the added benefit of fresh breath.

Kibble/Canned Fed – Have you noticed that your dog’s breath smells like he or she ate something rotten? Does your dog have plaque build-up on their teeth that require constant cleaning?   That’s due to eating processed food with ingredients that actually cause plaque build up and create an unhealthy gut.


Raw Fed – dogs are being fed a naturally balanced diet that is perfectly digestible with nutrients easily assimilated.  Naturally,  they will not have as much to eliminate.  Their poop is smaller and less smelly because they are using almost all of the nutrients in their food.

Kibble/Canned Fed – dogs have big, nasty poops because their body is eliminating all the ingredients that aren’t digestible or useful to their system.  Just think about it, you are scooping up the majority of the money you spent on the food in your yard!


Feeding Raw – With 4 dogs that weigh between 40 – 60 pounds, I spend about $250./month (sometimes less when I buy in bulk or ask for freezer burned meat from neighbors who hunt) on raw meat, bones, organs, and a few supplements I only give maybe once a week or less often. And I have no veterinary costs.

Feeding Kibble/Canned Food – If I were feeding processed kibble or canned food,  I would be paying around $350+/month on food for 4 dogs.  And on top of this cost, I would also be paying vet bills of between $75-$150 every other month to treat allergies, digestive issues, rashes, joint issues, ear infections, etc.

In conclusion, our goal should be to provide a diet for our dogs that mimics their biological nutritional requirements as closely as possible.

Thankfully, we can make one healthy lifestyle change at a time, which optimizes our pet’s chances of achieving total wellness.  Proper/optimal nutrition is the foundation of whole health and switching your dog to a raw diet will be one of the best decision you make for his or her happy, healthy, long life.

Would you like to know more about feeding your dog a raw diet and how to go about it?  Check out these two great online classes:

Holistic Wellness For Dogs

Carnivore Nutrition


While I continue to provide educational articles and information for you here, most of my articles and blog posts are general in nature. Therefore, I encourage you take a class at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy or set up an appointment with me to tailor a total wellness consultation, specifically for your pet’s needs. This is particularly imperative for pets that are aging, with complicated health issues, or if you’ve done a lot of outside reading and have conflicting information.



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