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Raw Diet For Dogs

Updated on July 1, 2017

For anyone that is feeding his or her dog a raw diet I am sure that you have done all the research on this, just as I have. Most veterinarians will tell you not to feed raw to your dogs as they, I believe get a kick back from the dog food companies for promoting the food that they sell. I could be wrong about this but it is something to think about.

Dogs are far healthier that are on a raw diet, therefore less trips to the veterinarians equals less money to the veterinarians. With all this said I am sure that there are dogs perhaps that do benefit or need to be on a kibble diet.

I have wanted to write this hub for sometime now, but have put it off due to so many people believing that raw is bad. I am sure that I will get a lot of controversy over this one. So be it. I am not an expert on dog health and I am not an animal care technician. I am only writing this, as I am very passionate on the subject of feeding dogs and cats raw diets.

I changed veterinarians because of getting so much ridicule about how I was feeding my dogs. The first trip to my current and new veterinarian went really well. He examined my dogs and after telling me they were very healthy he asked me how often I brushed their teeth. My reply was I don’t brush their teeth I feed them raw. He then asked what I fed them and what supplements I gave them and so on. After our conversation he told me to keep doing what I was doing as it was working well for the dogs.

Bruce my Newfoundland Dog showing off his pearly whites.
Bruce my Newfoundland Dog showing off his pearly whites. | Source

Research before Changing Your Dogs Diet

There are many books you can buy on the subject of feeding raw diets to pets as well as a vast array of positive and negative articles on the Internet. I think I probably spent three months reading and reading before I decided to go with the raw diet. For anyone thinking about changing his or her pets diet over to raw I recommend doing extensive research before you switch. It is expensive but well worth it if you can afford to do so.

Benefits To The Owners Of Dogs on a Raw Diet

  • Stools are smaller and much easier to clean up
  • The dog odor is practically non-existent
  • In most cases less visits to the Veterinarians

Benefits From Feeding Raw To A Dog

  • Bad breath will no longer exist
  • Teeth are much healthier, whiter, and there will be less plaque build up
  • Dogs are less likely to have allergies
  • Dogs are living longer lives on raw diets
  • In some cases arthritis pain has been reduced
  • Dogs that are fed raw tend to be more energetic

Chart for Raw Dog Diet

I have two Newfoundland dogs and have included a chart below. This chart is for my female who weights 120 pounds and male that is 130. Obviously it all depends on the weight of the dog as to how much to feed.

I used to work for a Newfoundland and Leonberger breeder and she helped me to set up a guideline of meat, vegetables and supplements. She has been feeding raw at her kennel for about 8 years now and has had great results. Gail Bishop also shows her dogs and has produced many champions.

Please note that in the above chart I have stilbestrol listed. That is a prescription drug for my dog.

I have a very large freezer to store all my dogs food in. This is something to consider before starting your dog on a raw diet.

Vegetable Mush

I make this up about once a month. In a food processor I grind up romaine lettuce, carrots, bananas, zucchini, green beans, apples and any other vegetables or fruits that may be on sale or in the refrigerator. Mix well, measure into serving sizes and put into freezer containers or freezer bags then pop them in the freezer. The day before I feed it to the dogs I defrost it in the bottom of the refrigerator.


All of these supplements can be found at a health food store.

Given Daily

  • Vitamin C with calcium 1/4 tsp.
  • Vitamin E mixed Natural 400 UI
  • B Complex 1 cap broken and mixed into food
  • Salmon Oil 1000 mg. 1 capsule
  • Alfalfa 1/2 tsp
  • Kelp 1 TBS

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      SavannahEve, Thanks so much, and nice to meet you.

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      Suzi Rayve 

      8 years ago from California

      Well Written! I feed my dog and cats raw and have overcome so many health issues in doing so. Your Newfie is beautiful! Thank you for informing so many about the way our furbabies should be fed!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dr.Mark, Thanks for stopping by. I figured as much in regards to the vets and dog food companies. I'm just happy I found a vet that didn't criticize me for feed raw.

      Have a good weekend!

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      Dr Mark 

      8 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      It is pretty amazing to see how much volume goes into feeding your dogs.Wow. It makes feeding my dogs look easy.

      As far as the vets and dog food companies, what they do is pay for seminars (with dinner,of course), pens,cups,posters, etc. It is not a kick back,just a continuous flow of "gifts" It is just like lobbyists do around the US congress. The result is the same. Sad but true.

      Thanks for sharing this!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Victoria, The actual BARF diet is great for smaller dogs. I found a website for you if you want to check it out. They sell the food in small containers and it is all mixed and ready to use.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      9 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Susan, it looks interesting but complicated. I have a little dog but still am not sure I could store everything. I need to look more closely at the menu you've posted. I'll look at this more. Bookmarking. Thanks for posting this!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lee, Above you will see under my picture "Contact Just Ask Susan" Click on that and you can email me. 12 days awww.

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      9 years ago

      Hi Susan

      Thank You So much for your quick reply. Sorry I am green to the hub how do I contact you other than this comment box :)

      Our orphan is a Newf actually right now only 12 days old but I am trying to ensure i am prepared ahead and learn all I need to know.



    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lee, I would be happy to help you out. Contact me and I will answer any questions you may have. Please let me know what type of dog you have as the chart above are for Newfoundland Dogs that weight 130 - 150 pounds.

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      9 years ago


      I have an orphaned Newf Pup I could really use your help on the raw aspect specific details for feeding when she is weaned we want to go right to raw. The chart I can't see unfortunately it is too small but I sure would love to get some help with this.

      can i email you or vice versa ?



    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Chatkath It is a big decision and feeding raw can become a lot of extra work. Thanks so much for reading and your comments.

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      10 years ago from California

      Thank you for researching this so well Susan, oh how we love our pets-aka children. My son has a dog and he is always debating best food choices, I will share this with him. Great Hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Pamela for your comments and for stopping by to read this.

      DzyMsLizzy That is wonderful that you have such a great Vet.

      Genna The raw really does make a difference. Thanks for reading.

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      Genna East 

      10 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      We always feed our dogs a mixture of raw, kibble and vitamins, and they are superbly healthy. Great hub, Susan!

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      Liz Elias 

      10 years ago from Oakley, CA

      We have cats, and cannot afford to do this. Luckily, my vet is a real angel, and does not try to push anything at all upon us. She recently suggested that "if we could manage it," we should give them some canned food instead of just dry kibble.

      We are now feeding a canned/kibble mix for breakfast, and kibble only for dinner. The kibble stretches our budget, our cats are healthy, and the vet understands how important pets are, especially for those struggling with income.

      We will sacrifice some things for ourselves to keep our kitties--they are almost our sole remaining link to sanity.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Susan, This plan for pet food sounds like the way to go. I didn't know all the benefits. Great information.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      thougtforce I know newfoundland dogs that are on this diet and they are fifteen years old. I find that amazing since their life span is 8 - 10 years. Thanks for reading.

      RealHousewife I am sure your dogs will be happy with it.

      Dahoglund yes raw. I had to shop around for places to buy the meat. Fortunately my boss had quite a few places she recommended to me such as farmers that sell tripe and cheaper places to get the pork rib-lets from. Chicken Backs I buy from a chicken processing plant. Sometimes it is pretty hard to find places and can be quite costly.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It is a bit difficult unless one has access to a supply of meat(i assume you are referring to raw meat). Where I live i find it difficult to even find bones for our dog.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I wondered about the vet always trying to sell me "their" chosen brand! Informative hub - I am going to try your recipe with my dogs. Thanks!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      10 years ago from Sweden

      I think this is a great way to feed a dog and I am happy to hear that it can benefit also larger breeds. My last dog was a Leonberger who didn’t like company dog food, no matter how expensive sort I bought to him. So I gave him some raw food to. But I never switch to raw food totally because I was afraid he would be sicker than he was. Unfortunately he was a dog with many health problems and I went along with the vets advices. But who knows, maybe he would have been better off on raw food! I do not think it is natural for dogs to eat canned food or dry food. Once they where predators and had to capture their own food. And somehow I do not think they run wildly of joy out in the fields with wheat and oats when they where hungry! Great hub and useful too. I will remember it when our work let us have a dog again! Thanks for writing it!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Will I agree.

      poorconservative that would all depend on what you are now feeding your dog and what supplements are already added to the food you feed.

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      10 years ago

      I can't afford to feed my dog raw. But would you still recommend the supplements?

    • WillStarr profile image


      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      It makes sense. After all, raw is what nature feeds all the dog relatives in the wild, so why not?


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