So you don't have time to make your own raw diet for your pet

Kibble begins as a dry cooked meal whereas canned food is canned fresh. Kibble is exposed to more heat than canned (destroying nutrients). Worse yet, kibble is linked to kidney and bladder problems in cats, and to bloat, a deadly problem especially for large, broad-chested dogs. It’s also dehydrating. Of course, canned isn’t perfect either. Fresh is best, raw or cooked. Next best is frozen prepared food and then dehydrated and freeze dried foods, all available at better pet stores.

Fans of raw dog foods and cat foods simply believe that a raw diet is best for their pets for a number of reasons:

Since you are posting on the best raw foods thread, I’m assuming you are considering a raw diet? If so and looking for a commercially prepared raw diet, I would chose a company that uses HPP for their poultry. I’m using Stella & Chewy’s Chicken Dinner right now as a topper for both my dogs. They love it and I find it looks more like real meat than other raw brands I’ve used. Just as a warning though, commercial raw can be expensive for us big dog owners!

Raw Dog Food Diet: Benefits and Risks - Pets WebMD

A list of the very best raw dog foods as prepared by the editors of The Dog Food Advisor. That kind of defeats the purpose of raw food, as cooking it can kill some nutrients. Raw food isn’t necessarily the best option for everyone (not for me), but cooking the food is probably not the way to go. Most raw food does not contain bacteria that causes diarrhea for dogs, (humans have to be more careful.) though this one is being recalled at the moment so I wouldn’t recommend it. There are several brands of cooked frozen foods, foods that are cooked at the lowest FDA safe temperature and then immediately frozen. You could look into those if you don’t want to feed raw, but don’t like the processing of commercial foods.

The 3 Best Pet Foods for Your Canine or Feline - Mercola Healthy Pets

I have been feeding my dog Natures own variety…..raw frozen patties…….she was just diagnosed with huge bladder stones (via x-ray and bloody urine) she had surgery this morning and I will never feed her raw again. They said that they have never seen stones this large in such a small dog…she is a Bichon and weighs only 11 lbs. I used to think that raw was the best and now I will trust my vet and the large companies that make dog food who do the most extensive studies with live feedings to all stages dogs, their goals besides making money is to prolong the life of our pets. My vet has been practicing for 40 years and he has dogs, cats, horses and he feeds his dogs and cats these foods and not raw…..I am sick of hearing the hype about raw, raw almost killed my dog!

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How about a few healthy, whole food raw dog food recipes? A natural barf diet is a combination of all the best quality foods we can feed our dogs, whether you choose a grain or no grain recipe.At JFFDs we’ve known for some time that whole foods made with real ingredients can be better than commercially processed kibble in quality, digestibility and bioavailability. Recent scientific research now seems to support this assessment. Since raw diets are sometimes marketed as fresh or frozen, some of our clients ask us about the difference between us and raw, and why we prefer to lightly cook our food. JustFoodForDogs makes all their nutrition decisions based on scientific research, as well as a commitment to quality control and premium ingredients. When all of these factors are considered together, it is clear that balanced, fresh prepared, lightly cooked whole food is simply the best choice for our mission to make the best dog food possible.