Mistake #2: Thinking a Raw Diet is All About Raw Meat
While raw diets do contain a large amount of meat, they are often complemented by other ingredients. For example, Morgan says she likes to see muscle meat, organs, bones, eggs, veggies, and sea creatures (cooked mussels or oysters) in a raw diet.
“It takes variety to cover all vitamins and minerals that are needed and to get the proper balance of omega 3:6,” Morgan explains.
Even commercially manufactured raw diets contain “extras.” The most famous example is BARF (Biologically Active Raw Food), a diet pioneered by Dr. Ian Billinghurst. Typically, a BARF-based meat patty is 50% raw meat, with an assortment of additions making up the other 50% of the ingredients.
These additions may include eggs (raw), cheese, kelp, liver, vegetables (minced, raw), cod liver oil, and salt. (Obviously, the cheese in the BARF diet is processed.)
Other variations of a raw diet may include cooked vegetables.
Vegetables are more difficult for dogs to digest than for humans. Therefore, vegetables should be minced, juiced, or cooked to aid digestion.
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