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33 Reasons Not To Feed Your Dog Raw Food

Let’s face it. Most veterinarians do not think you should feed raw. I get it – it’s not for everyone. The main objections veterinarians have are:

  • There are no scientific studies to prove it is beneficial for your dogs.
  • Raw food is resistant to antibiotics, so it’s not worth the risk.
  • You could poison your dog, yourself, your children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised by feeding raw because of e-Coli and salmonella. 

So, where do I stand on this? If you’ve been following me a while either here or on our Instagram, you will know I am a raw food advocate.  

But raw feeding is not for everyone. I’ll go through the reasons why. 

  1. You believe in science but don’t question why they never compare kibble to raw food.  
  2. You don’t question who backed the science.
  3. You’ve never read the studies on raw from Dog Risk out of the University of Helsinki.
  4. You don’t question who owns kibble.
  5. You believe AAFCO has your back. 
  6. You don’t find it strange that AAFCO won’t let consumers attend meetings
  7. You don’t find it odd at all that AAFCO in August 2021 approved Dried Black Soldier Fly Larvae as an ingredient for adult dog food or treats but not for puppies (no explanation why).  
  8. It doesn’t matter to you that kibble has no resemblance to the whole food ingredients that it came from.
  9. You don’t care how many millions of pounds of kibble have been recalled
  10. You don’t care that kibble can have aflatoxin.  
  11. You’ve never visited the website www.truthaboutpetfood.com
  12. You don’t know how the Raw Pet Medics are
  13. You’ve never read the book Feeding Dogs by Dr. Conor Brady
  14. You never question why kibble doesn’t disclose the carbohydrate content, but with a little research, you can figure it out on your own.  
  15. You don’t question that expired doughnuts and cookies are allowed in dog food.  
  16. You don’t ever wonder about rendering. 
  17. You don’t care that your dog’s food was made in a factory. 
  18. You don’t care how feed trials are conducted. 
  19. You don’t ever wonder why every other species is fed a species-appropriate diet, but dogs are fed an ultra-processed kibble diet. 
  20. You don’t know what makes food ultra-processed
  21. You genuinely believe that these brown balls, devoid of any live food, is going to nourish your dog.
  22. You don’t see the disconnect between dieticians telling humans to eat fresh food but vets telling dogs to eat ultra-processed dry food. 
  23. You don’t see anything wrong with your dog eating the same meal every day. 
  24. You don’t ever question why so many dogs who are fed kibble have issues with allergies. 
  25. You don’t ever question who owns Banfield or VCA and who own the biggest kibble companies.
  26. You don’t ever question why your vet knows nothing about fresh food. 
  27. You’ve never seen a holistic vet who supports raw.
  28. You don’t ever question how many hours of nutrition vets studied. 
  29. You don’t think you can prepare your dog’s food. 
  30. You don’t know your way around the kitchen. 
  31. You don’t know how to keep things clean. 
  32. You’re lazy and think that just one or two proteins that are “raw” make you a raw feeder.  
  33. You trust other people to make your dog’s food decisions for you instead of relying on yourself to do the research and be capable of feeding your dog.  

Raw feeding isn’t for the faint of heart. You can easily feed your dog wrong by just feeding ground meat or some chicken.  

But the information is out there and for those that want to learn, you can very easily feed a healthy raw food diet or you can even feed a home cooked meal.  

Kibble is easy. It’s easy because you can open up a bag, and in one scoop, your dog is fed.  

Ultimately, you are in charge of the dog that is looking up at you, and you can make your own choice on what and how to feed them.  


Your dog cannot speak for themselves. You have to advocate for them and ask the questions as well as do the research.

What may have worked for my own dog, may not work for yours.

The journey to nourish your dog with real food will take some time.  

Be vigilant in keeping a health diary and monitor your dog’s health markers. Track the condition of their:

  • Coat
  • Eyes
  • Stool
  • Energy
  • Behavior

Ultimately, your dog’s health markers will give you a clear indication of whether or not you are on the right path. 

Let your dog and their health determine what’s best for them.  

Thank you for reading this far, dear friends. To your own dog’s health and happiness. Best of luck in your information-seeking journey.

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1 Comment

  1. Karen

    “Ultimately, your dog’s health markers will give you a clear indication of whether or not you are on the right path.
    Let your dog and their health determine what’s best for them.”

    Those two sentences alone can be so powerful. If you dont mind, I’m going to put your quote on a nice image and post it.
    I wish people could see that.. sometimes the dog doesn’t need to talk, despite people being deaf, they can also be blind… a little bit like the saying “love in blind”.

    I’m in LOT of Facebook groups and its quite alarming to read posts where the author has concerns for their dogs eating habits/behaviour or a specific health issues.
    The thing is, every one of them all have a few things in common..
    The food their feeding is either highly processed or cooked with limited ingredients.
    The dog is always fussy, not loving their food.
    Ear infections, then allergies, so we’re seeing skin issues. Kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, diarrhea …
    “My dog was too fussy with this brand of kibble, so we changed it to another and he loves it”…
    How long before the dog develops one of the above..? Some people do have that light globe go off, but others, it takes disease for them to finally wake up…
    While all this is going on, they take the dog to a conventional vet, the vet not only vaccinates the the dog, but they may also prescribe a medication for the health issue. Then while you’re here, you need your monthly wormer and flea and tick pesticide..
    Hands them the bill with no advice on adverse reactions, detox or healing diet…other than, “your dog may have some tummy upset, if this happens feed rice and boiled chicken for a few days, then feed them your prescribed bag of kibble
    see ya later

    Its a vicious circle.
    If we can change one dogs destiny, per week, then we’re doing well.
    Thank you for everything you are doing Hannah, keep these posts coming.

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