Will my dog get sick from eating raw meat?

Well, he can, but it’s unlikely. When you hear about the “dangers” of getting sick from raw meat, the concern is more for the humans handling the meat.

If you feed your dog raw meat, it is your responsibility to do everything possible to make sure you wash any countertops, bowls, knives, etc., that came in contact with the raw meat.

As for dogs, they are raw meat eaters and can handle bacteria better than us.

Will my dog get sick from raw meat?

My mutt has eaten cat poop, bird poop, cigarette butts, garbage, dead mice and all kinds of unidentifiable remains without getting sick.

Why doesn’t my dog get sick from eating garbage/dead animals/poop?

For one thing, dogs have enzymes in their saliva that destroy harmful bacteria, according to Carissa Kuehn of RawFed.com. Kuehn worked for four years in the Clinical Sciences Department at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She has fed her pets raw food since 2001.

Ever notice how your dog poops right after eating?

This is because dogs have short digestive tracts that quickly push the food and bacteria through their systems before any bacteria has time to colonize, according to Kuehn. Dogs also have highly acidic stomachs to prevent bacteria from colonizing.

All of the above are reasons why dogs can usually drink standing puddles of water or eat animal remains with few consequences.

How can I prevent my dog from getting sick from raw meat?

To be on the safe side, here are some tips to keep your dog safe from potential bacteria in raw dog food:

1. Do not feed your dog raw meat if he has a weak immune system.

If your dog is older or if he has a weak immune system, adding raw meat to his diet could make him sick. His body may not be able to fight off certain bacteria the way a healthy dog can, especially if his body is already trying to fight another infection.

If you are not sure how your dog’s immune system is, talk to his vet and consider a blood test.

2. Buy pre-prepared raw food for your dog.

Raw dog food companies will go out of their way to make sure the food is safe for your dog. If dogs get sick from their products, no one will buy the food.

For example, Balanced Blends (a sponsor of That Mutt) uses high-pressure processing in its final packaging to eliminate food borne pathogens. (The food is not re-opened for processing into patties or nuggets, thus eliminating the risk of re-contamination.)


3. Wash your dog’s bowls regularly.

Lab mix and German shepherd

This is something we should all do regardless of what our dogs eat. Ace probably had a higher chance of getting sick while he ate dry dog food simply because I hardly ever washed his bowls. Dry dog food saturated in water or drool is a great place for bacteria to collect. Now that he eats raw food, I wash his bowls every day. I also wash my hands and the area where I prepared his food.

4. Don’t let the raw dog food sit in your fridge for more than 5 to 6 days.

The food might be OK if it sits in your refrigerator for more than 6 days, but why risk it? The longer food sits in the fridge, the more time bacteria has to grow. I’d rather stay on the safe side.

5. Keep your trash behind a closed door.

We’ve learned to keep our garbage behind a closed door. No garbage can stay in the kitchen. It goes in a trash can in the garage or a trash can in the bathroom. We have a certain cat who likes to crawl into the garbage and eat everything in sight.

To keep our cats and dog safe, it’s better not to give them the opportunity to sneak anything from the trash. We also never leave any food scraps on dirty dishes out, and I wipe down the sink regularly.

6. Feed your dog homemade cooked food instead of raw.

Chances are, your dog will never get sick from eating raw meat. However, if you are concerned about the potential bacteria, then maybe a raw diet is not the way to go for your dog. It’s not worth it if you are going to be worried all the time. Instead of feeding him raw, feed him cooked meat or a higher-quality dry dog food.

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What should I do if my dog gets sick from raw food?

If you are worried about your dog, just take him to the vet! At the very least, call and see what your vet says (read more about Ace’s recent trip to the vet below under “Day 15 update”).

If it’s the weekend or the middle of the night, it will be a tougher decision, and only you can make that choice. In Fargo, the only option at night or on the weekends is the emergency animal hospital. Let’s just say prices are not cheap at the emergency clinic.

If your dog has an upset stomach but is otherwise acting normal, I wouldn’t be too worried. It will most likely pass within 24 hours. How often do you get the runs from eating something new or something extra greasy? Probably pretty often. Your dog will be OK, too. It helps if you have him skip a meal or two (don’t feel bad, he’ll be fine). And make sure to give him plenty of water.

Some signs to watch for that might be more serious:

Remember, I am not a vet. If you think your dog needs to see a vet, then by all means, get going!

The dog might have swallowed a large or sharp piece of bone.

I’ve heard too many vets tell me too many horror stories of dogs getting pieces of bones stuck in their digestive systems. Raw bones are generally safe for dogs if they chew the bones properly (always supervise). Cooked bones are dangerous because they break easily and the dog could swallow the pieces.

The dog might have consumed something toxic.

Is there any chance the dog got into something potentially harmful other than raw meat? Maybe he got into the garbage. Maybe he ate something in the garage or yard? Or, was there any chance you fed him raw meat that had been in your fridge too long?

The dog has a fever.

The normal body temperature for a dog is about 100 to 102 degrees.

The dog refuses his favorite treats.

My dog’s animal instincts tell him not to eat if he is feeling sick, so I’m not too worried if he skips one meal. However, if he turns his head away when I offer him pieces of meat or if he skips more than two meals, that’s when I would worry.

The dog refuses to drink water.

Try to get your dog to take at least a few sips every hour to avoid dehydration. If he doesn’t drink any water for 12 hours or so, call the vet.

The dog has difficulty standing or walking.

Dogs are very good at resting if they are feeling sick or hurt. Whenever Ace pulls a muscle, he takes it easy for a day and then he’s fine. But if my dog shows no interest in getting up for anything – like a ball or food – that’s something I would worry about.

The dog throws up or has diarrhea for more than 24 hours.

Most digestive issues are minor and will pass. But if the vomiting or diarrea continues for more than a day, especially if the dog hasn’t eaten anything, I would definitely consult with a vet.

Update on feeding my dog raw food – day 16

My dog Ace and I

Note: The following is from my original post when I first introduced my dog Ace to a raw diet. I fed him a 12-week raw feeding trial, and this is from week three.

Ace suddenly became very ill Friday night (day 10).

One minute my dog was chasing his frisbee like a nut and within an hour he had trouble walking on his own. He only stood if I forced him up to get outside. He would not eat or drink anything, and he was drooling heavily. He did not even perk his ears up when I offered him a tennis ball.

I could only assume my dog had a bacterial infection from his raw food, and the guilt I felt was horrible. I felt responsible for causing my dog so much discomfort.

We took Ace to the emergency vet and he was diagnosed with pneumonia. He most likely picked it up from another dog somewhere. He plays with other dogs almost every day, so no surprise there.

A weakened immune system?

Although Ace’s diagnosis was a respiratory infection (not gastric), I can’t help but wonder if the recent change in his diet threw his body off temporarily. While his system was trying to adjust to the raw food, maybe the bacteria that caused the pneumonia had an easier time spreading. There’s no way of knowing.

A reaction to raw beef?

Ace became very sick within a few hours of eating raw beef for the first time. Up until that point he had been eating raw chicken. Something tells me his body was reacting to the raw beef in addition to the pneumonia. The vet seemed to believe it was only a coincidence.

Could the raw beef have caused Ace’s fever, refusal to eat and extreme lack of energy? I don’t know.


There will be little to report on Ace’s raw food trial for the next 10 days or so while he finishes his antibiotics. Anything I notice could be a reaction to his food, the antibiotics or the pneumonia.

Since my dog has had an upset stomach while on the antibiotics, I have decided to go back to feeding him dry food until he is off the medication. This is the only way I can determine whether the raw food or the antibiotics are causing the diarrhea.

Because my dog had absolutely no digestive issues for the first 11 days of his raw food trial (no loose stool, no vomiting), I have to hope he is reacting to the medication.

I truly believe a raw dog food diet is the healthiest way to go for most dogs. I want to continue the raw food trial with Ace, however if he gets another “coincidental” infection of any kind or if something just seems off, I will not hesitate to end the raw food trial completely.

The reason I started this trial was because I love my dog and I believe a raw diet is healthy for him. This trial is also designed to help other dog owners decide whether a raw food diet is right for their dogs. This is why I am reporting the ups as well as the downs.

Thank you for all the get-well wishes over the weekend. Ace (and his mommy!) needed the moral support!

Has your dog even gotten sick from eating raw food?

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  1. Cat on March 24, 2011

    I’ve been supplementing with raw her whole life (2.5 years) and we’ve only had two adverse reactions, one my fault and one can’t be directly tied to the raw food.

    1) I let her nibble too much marrow from a bone – too rich, she threw it up.

    2) The first time I gave her a beef rib her paw pads became inflamed and I thought it might be a beef allergy. However, she ate it right before we went camping (desert not forest) for the first time and it could have just been too much walking over rough terrain. I have since reintroduced beef with no problems.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 24, 2011

      Oh I’m sure her feet were irritated from walking all day in the hot sand. Thanks for the info. By supplementing, I assume you mean you are feeding some dry food as well? What percentage?

      • Cat on March 24, 2011

        Haha, well it was February at the time…the sand was FAR from hot but, yeah, since she hasn’t had a problem with beef since I think her non-stop exploring on the trip was the culprit.

        I feed high-quality kibble and raw in approximately a 60/40 split. I aim for a RMB at least every other day but she gets two meals per day, 12 hours apart, so I can substitute raw for any meal without planning ahead. I try to alternate between chicken/turkey (bones she can eat) and beef (bones she can’t eat). I’d like to try pigs feet but I can’t find a small package, don’t want pounds of leftovers if she doesn’t like it. The only “primary” meat source I don’t feed raw is fish because 1) I think the smell would be an issue and 2) her kibble is fish based so I think that would defeat the purpose of variety.

        She gets fruit and veggies everyday, whatever I happen to be cooking with that day, and usually some pumpkin or yogurt with her kibble.

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  2. Patty on March 24, 2011

    Sorry to hear Ace isn’t feeling well! Hope he gets better quickly.

    I actually switched Sophie over to a raw diet at a year old because she was such a sickly puppy. She spent the first year of her life battling mange, giardia (8 bouts) and coccidia. We tried every type of kibble, grain free, high protein, all stages, puppy etc and she would do ok for a while but then be back to the horrible diarrhea/not eating stage. She would lose weight and her immune system would be weak. Once I got her on raw that was the end of our bi weekly vet visits. Not sure if it was the new diet just worked for her body or her immune system finally matured enough to handle the world.

    The few times raw has caused stomach issues was when i gave her a bone with too much fat on it. I usually remove most of the fat since she can’t tolerate it. The few times I have not removed enough she will get awful diarrhea.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 24, 2011

      Ace got sick from a raw beef bone last year (the first time he had any raw meat). I’m sure he got sick because of the fat on the bone as well. I learned my lesson there!

    • Melissa Victoria on August 19, 2012

      I’ve had the same history! I adopted my pup at 3 mo old, covered in dog shit. Snout to the tip of her tail, in her ears, caked in her nails. She had no whiskers (I still can’t figure out why). I rushed her to a groomers and had her bathed twice, nails clipped, ears cleaned. That night we were in the ER bc she came down with a fever (not surprised). She had giardia, URI, and generalized bacterial infection on her skin, as well as hives (probably from stress of transport, bathing bc she hates baths, being locked in a crate full of shit, and being away from her litter for the first time with a strange woman- me). Since then shes had demodectic mange, a UTI, spinal surgery from an acquired spinal deformity, and seasonal allergies. She’s had chronic loose stools since the day I adopted her. I’ve tried probiotics, prebiotics, antacids, purreed pumpkin, steamed veggies, LTD, Bison, Duck kibble, antibiotics, testing for worms, blood tests, urinalysis, and nothing has worked. Raw with some supplements is my next step. I hope we don’t have to see our vet 2x a week any more. It has been a LONG/expensive year. Right now we are working on the IBD theory. I’m happy to hear you have a successful result because it gives me hope!

  3. lizzedru on March 24, 2011

    Oh I am sooo sorry for Ace!!!! I hope that both of you feel better soon! I’m sure it wasn’t your fault or Stella and Chewy’s. They have a pretty cool website too. Thankfully niether of our dogs have gotten kennel cough which is appearantly going around in Alaska. We had a couple of Iditarod teams pull out because of it. Thankfully though no dog deaths for the second year in a row!!!

    Get well soon Ace!

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 24, 2011

      Thanks! He feels better (I do too). I do not think it was Stella and Chewy’s fault at all. But I wonder if his body was having difficulty adjusting to the raw beef. We just got back from a checkup with his usual vet and she didn’t seem to think the pneumonia and his diet were related at all.

      There’s lots of kennel cough going around in our area, too, I hear.

  4. Jessi on March 24, 2011

    That’s scary… I hope Ace is up chasing frisbees like crazy again soon!

  5. Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 24, 2011

    Thanks, Jessi! He is feeling much better. He is still on antibiotics, but he wants to run around and play so bad. I’m making him rest this week.

  6. Chris on March 26, 2011

    Sorry to hear about Ace’s pneumonia. I started feeding our 4 1/2 year old bulldog mainly raw about two years ago. He has never really gotten sick ever in his life (although he has had some leg trouble and had an operation to remove an undescended testicle). Once or twice he has thrown up something he ate that was too large, a few times he has looked out of sorts and unfortunately he has runny stools, despite the raw diet – but that’s about it.

  7. Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 26, 2011

    Thanks for the info!

  8. HalleBalleDog on March 28, 2011

    Sometimes doggy tummy troubles can be helped by giving them Acidophilus – the “good” bacteria found in yogurt. It even comes in supplement form if you want to adhere to a raw diet.

  9. Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 28, 2011

    Thanks, Halle!

  10. Hayli on March 29, 2011

    This is irrelevant, but I was wondering how you
    felt about public dog parks.
    I take my dogs often, and they have all of their vaccines
    but I have still heard of dogs getting sick anyways.
    And are the chances of getting heart worms and stuff high therefore not worth
    the risk??
    When I went the other day, there was a sign posted on the fence saying a strange man
    was giving out treats and two dogs died.
    Since then I have been kind of spooked.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 29, 2011

      Well, your question is related because I think Ace picked up pneumonia at the dog park. The bordetella vaccine is meant to protect dogs from kennel cough, but it only works against certain strains (kind of like the flu shot for humans). Dog kennels and dog daycares usually require it. But even with the bordetella vaccine, they can still pick up bacteria and get sick. I’m not overly worried about stuff like this. People get colds and pneumonia as well and we move on. We don’t stop going to school or work.

      We visit the dog park less than once a month, but when we go, I know that I am doing so at my own risk. I can’t control what other people and their dogs do. I can only control my dog. I’m not too worried about fleas since I’m in North Dakota and it’s cold most of the year. I don’t even use any flea prevention medicine unless we go camping. My dog is on HeartGard in the summer so I don’t worry about heartworms.

  11. Jana Rade on March 29, 2011

    Well, most bacteria needs some time to really invade the system. So I would tend to agree that the pneumonia flaring up few hours after eating the raw beef would be coincidence, unless there was a reaction to it exaggerating the inflammation process from the existing infection. So it could have been involved in the flare up even though not the infection process itself.

    Any beef allergy you know of for example? Beef is somewhat more pro-inflammatory than chicken too.

    Still though, would think that it likely was coincidence or a circumstantial event. It could even have been a reversed action – whether the consequence of the pneumonia would interfere with proper digestion of the meat.

  12. cyndiann on May 18, 2011

    There are a lot of wrong points you posted. Let’s go over them.

    1. Do not feed your dog raw meat if he has a weak immune system.

    Actually feeding raw creates a very strong immune system so it’s even more important to feed a dog with a weak system a raw diet.

    2. Buy pre-prepared raw food for your dog.

    No! Don’t do that! First of all it’s ground up which means there is a higher chance of contamination. Second, it’s full of things besides meat that dogs don’t need, and some of them can actually cause allergic reactions like some veggies, flax anything, etc. Also, the brand you are feeding is real high in liver, a cheap form of meat that isn’t needed in such high quantities. Third, it’s seriously expensive.

    3. Wash your dog’s bowls regularly.

    A good idea! However, most kibble has more bacteria in it than raw meat does, particularly if you aren’t feeding ground meat and especially if you aren’t feeding those prepared raw foods. Big chunks of meat would be the way to go although I think you worry way too much about bacteria. My dogs have eaten pretty rank meat with no ill effects.

    4. Don’t let the raw dog food sit in your fridge for more than 24 hours.

    You worry too much! Dogs can handle rancid meat very well. Their digestive systems are designed to eat older meats with no problems. Of course, that food you are feeding does have a higher chance of being full of bacteria because it’s ground up.

    6. Don’t feed your dog raw meat.

    You already are! ROFLOL! Raw meat is what dogs are meant to eat but not like you are feeding. As I mentioned, the food you are feeding is ground up raw with too much liver and all those veggies and fruits are only in there to make it cheaper for them to produce, not for your dog’s health. Why are you telling people not to feed raw meat when that’s exactly what you are feeding?

  13. Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 18, 2011

    If the dog is sick with something such as an autoimmune disease, then a raw diet may or may not be ideal for that particular dog. If it were my dog, I would definitely be considering sticking with a raw diet because a healthy diet plays such a strong part in staying healthy.

    Sometimes a change in diet can make the dog worse. My dog’s immune system was weak at the time I switched him to a commercial raw diet, only I was unaware of his illness at that time. The new food put added stress on his body which made it harder for his body to fight off his illness at that time. This made him sicker.

    I was a bit overly concerned at first with washing my dog’s bowls regularly and with how long the meat could sit in my fridge. I leave it in the fridge for 48 hours now, and I realize Ace would be just fine eating food that sits in the fridge for much longer.

    The point of this post was to give people some ideas if they are concerned about their dog getting sick from raw meat. When you are just starting out, you do worry about things like bacteria. Keeping the meat in the fridge for 24 hours or less will definitely take away some of the worry for new raw feeders. Simply not feeding the dog raw meat at all would be the way to go if someone is overly concerned. Feeding a dog raw food is certainly not for everyone.

  14. debbie on November 8, 2011

    i was feeding raw meat to my dog a two year old GSD he was fine and healthy, his coat was shiny nd teeth clean. in the morning i used to give him a meaty bone usually lamb (300gm) in the afternoon i fed him raw chicken (boneless) 300gm with a pinch of turmeric powder(turmeric has antibacterial properties) and about 50 gms of yoghurt and in the evening around 10 o clock i fed him 250 gms og chicken (raw boneless) with turmeric and yoghurt. however i used to give him 2 to 3 tablespoons of cooked rice as he had constipation if he didnt eat rice. this continued for 6 months without any problem however ocassionally my dog threw up yellow liquid in the morning otherwise he was very healthy…. 15 days ago suddenly my dog refused his lunch nd in the evening he thrw up.. he was drooling heavily and was taken to the vet he also had watery stool mixed wid blood ie tarry black stools. now i am very worried about him and i am feeding him boiled. is this because of raw food? or there could be any thing else i am eager to restart raw diet again.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on November 8, 2011

      These are questions to ask your vet. Sounds to me like yes it was most likely because of something in his diet.

  15. Mike Whitson on January 31, 2012

    Dogs will occasionally get sick from raw foods…just as we can. But if you use common sense and do a little research, this diet is FAR superior than even the healthiest and most expensive commercial foods.

    We had a family (pure) black lab who mom switched over to a completely raw diet at age 6 or 7. The dog was still taking her daily walks until the day she died at SIXTEEN. When I got my own sidekick in college, I began him on raw chicken wings the day he came home. He is now 8, and even today, I had someone on or daily hike ask if he was a year old yet. 🙂

    The energy that this diet will give your dog is incredible (sometimes too incredible when they’re pups!). The coats will be softer and shinier. Teeth stay cleaner. The waste is CONSIDERABLY less and doesn’t smell. PLEASE switch over for a month and try it out…you owe it to your pups. I laugh every time we take our boy in to the vet, and they give us the lecture…so completely tied to the drug companies. How can you argue with raw meaty bones, veggies, fruits. (Our pup LOVES mangos, spinach, and pineapple…just to name a few.) And if someone tells you that raw chicken bones will splinter and get stuck….WIVE’S TALE!!!! If the bones are COOKED, then they become brittle, and problems can occur, but to say that raw bones are harmful is ridiculous. Look at all wild dogs, then do some research and you will find that even the smallest little toy dog (like our King Charles) has the exact same digestive system as wolves.

    If you’re still not convinced, here’s a quick story. Our beloved Opie recently stayed with some friends who were out of town, and got into some chewable meds. Ate the ENTIRE bottle. When I called vets, they asked for the med (can’t remember the name) and said he was a goner…his liver and kidney would fail, and that he wouldn’t last 2 weeks. That was over a year ago, and all his organs have recovered 100%. When we took him to my mother’s vet (in the country) and asked how he could’ve survived, they explained that his diet and exercise saved his life. Occasionally he will get bad chicken and he throws it up immediately…his body did the same with these toxins.


    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 24, 2012

      Well said, Mike. You make me want to switch my animals back to raw food right now! It makes so much sense.

  16. Sarah H on March 13, 2012

    I jumped on the raw food craze last year and started feeding my dogs raw and one of them could not digest this diet and got sick. Maybe this is for some dogs, but it wasn’t for mine. They never did well on the grocery store brands, but after we tried raw and it didn’t work, we tried some natural grain-free brands and found one that they all immediately adjusted to (Natural Balance Alpha) and within a week all their issues cleared up (Dolly’s diarrhea stopped, Baby’s rashes and itching went away). An occasional raw carrot is fine for them, but finding a really well-made holistic kibble that’s not too rich from a company we trust is what we’ll feed from now on.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on March 24, 2012

      Sarah, you definitely have to go with what works for you and your dogs. My dog and cats typically eat high-quality grain-free kibble. They do better on some brands than others.

  17. Christy on August 16, 2012

    my pit mix is 6 or 7. i was reading a post about dogs having too much yeast in their bodies making them lick their feet and have ear problems. they mentioned the raw meat diet, and their product of course, but im new to this whole raw meat deal. i dont wana make him sick. they mentioned using a certain vinegar and water between changing him ovr to cleans out his system from the kibble. so idk if i should buy the basic hamb meat or chicken or what. di i buy the chicken, defrost it in frig and just feed it to him? or start him out slow like i believe was mentioned above bout cookin it but not thoroughly and gradually cook it less? ahh! im tryin this to c if it helps with the yeast, if thts the problem. plz let me know or any advice would b greatly appreciated.
    thank you very much.

  18. Lindsay Stordahl Author on August 18, 2012

    Dogs can handle raw meat, and I find that it’s easiest to just switch them over rather than do the gradual change. Your dog might have an upset tummy for a day or two as he detoxes from the kibble and adjust to the new diet. Here are some posts you may find helpful:

    basic raw food info: http://www.thatmutt.com/raw-dog-food/

    how to feed raw: http://www.thatmutt.com/2011/03/18/how-do-i-feed-my-dog-a-raw-diet/

    Best of luck!

  19. david patterson on July 20, 2013

    I had some patty sausage that had turned bad in the frige.. I know dog can eat about anything so instead of throwing it out… i cooked it and he ate it.

    today is going on the 24th hour of regular vomiting… I just don’t think it was the old sausage (plus I cooked it well done)

    guess i might be making a vet trip..

  20. Adrianne on December 10, 2013

    We’ve been feeding our Bichon-Poodle mix Stella and Chewy’s raw food for over three months. We started feeding him this because he has re-occurring ear infections and terrible skin allergies. After switching to raw everything cleared up for about 3 or 4 weeks, but then returned badly. We took him to a veterinary dermatologist as we could no longer watch him suffer with the endless licking and scratching. The vet said he had a staff and yeast infection, and then asks us what we feed him. We told her a raw diet and she crinkled her face. “You should cook that food on a stove before giving it to him!” REALLY? I thought raw food is best. I’m at my wit’s end. PLEASE HELP

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on December 10, 2013

      Oh so sorry to hear of your dog’s health issues. Do you think maybe he does better on a certain protein source?

      • Adrianne on December 11, 2013

        I’m not sure. We were told by the girl who owns the pet store where we buy Stella and Chewys from that he should eat a variety of the flavors. The vet says to stick to only one, and to cook it. Otherwise he could get e coli and get very sick, or even die. So confused. One of these ladies is wrong, but not sure who. I just really don’t want to go back to kibble. He hated it!

        • Lindsay Stordahl Author on December 11, 2013

          The pet store owner is right that it’s normally best to add variety, however since your dog has so many allergies it’s best to stick with just one flavor for several months to make sure it doesn’t cause allergies to flare up. For example, only feed chicken. If all goes well for a few months, you could add a second flavor.

          Most vets are not in favor of raw diets, but I personally believe they are the healthiest and most natural diets for dogs.

  21. brooky on June 15, 2014

    my puppy just ate raw meat it was just outside n the steps and he looked at it and he took it and went to the back of the house and he ate the whole thing omg i was like is he going to die whatt might happen i was scared omg i didnt know what to do and he is fine right now but i dont know whats going to happen in a couple days ??

  22. Bilbo Bagginski on July 7, 2014

    Don’t feed your dog raw? Kibble hit the market about 70 years ago, before that all dogs ate was either raw or cooked. I live in the sticks and people here don’t buy kibble… period. When we lived in the city nearly everyone fed their dogs kibble and the difference? Over here a 12 year old big dog still has energy, power and it looks well wheres in the city most big dogs are gone before they hit that age.

  23. Sue on August 17, 2014

    Hi I have an English Bull Terrier, I have had the breed for 35 years, up until Bryan my oldest lived to 13 & 2 months which is pretty good for this breed. Two years ago I changed Bryans dry food to the bath diet ( raw beef chunks, which amazingly he eats frozen) I truly believe by changing his diet to the bath diet extended his life, he is 14 years & 3 months old, he plods around & sleeps a lot but he still enjoys his sleep over every week at doggy day care where he mixes with 6 other dogs.
    I strongly recommend & would encourage everyone to change their dogs food to the bath diet
    Hope this is of help to you

  24. Sue on August 17, 2014

    Please note I am in England & most people I talk to here are changing their dogs diet to raw meat. We can buy bags of frozen 2kg bags at a time

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