Which People Foods Are Safe for Dogs?
If you’re wondering which people foods are safe for dogs, you’re in the right place. Here, we will go over the various safe meats and vegetables for dogs to consume in raw dog food.
Which Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?
Sadly, many human foods are off-limits for our beloved canine friends. Thankfully, there are still quite a few human food options that dogs can safely enjoy. These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Carrots: Raw carrots are safe and can be beneficial for dogs. The firm vegetable helps remove plaque and contains Vitamin A. Be sure to use moderation as too much Vitamin A can be toxic.
- Fish: Certain fish and seafood selections like sardines, shrimp, and tuna are safe for dogs to consume. Tuna contains Omega-3 fatty acids, while shrimp contains Vitamin B.
- Beef: Lean beef is a popular meat choice in cooked and raw dog foods. Lean beef provides tons of protein. Be sure to avoid fatty cuts to reduce digestive issues.
- Chicken: Chicken is poultry meat that is safe for dogs to consume. Chicken meat is a popular addition to both raw and cooked dog food diets.
- Turkey: Turkey is another form of poultry that is safe for dogs to eat. It is high in protein and lean. Be sure to remove any excess fat as it can contribute to inflammation and pancreas issues.
- Salmon: Salmon is a safe food for dogs too. Salmon and certain other seafood provide essential Omega-3 fatty acids for improved health in coat and skin.
K9 Kraving Raw Dog Food
K9 Kravings is a K9 raw dog food line that can supplement or become a mainstay in a K9 raw diet. A raw dog food diet can be a complete and balanced diet on its own. Certain types of raw dog food contain muscle meat, organs, and ground bone along with vegetables and added nutrients.
Raw Dog Food Diet Types
K9 Kravings is formulated around the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food diet, also known as the BARF diet. This raw dog food diet combines different amounts of meat, organs, and bones with fruits, vegetables, and nutritional supplements to create a complete and balanced K9 raw diet.
The 3 Raw Hounds private label is formulated around the Prey Raw Model or Whole Prey Model diet. This raw dog food diet is primarily focused on mimicking the composition of a whole prey animal. These diets contain only muscle meat, organ meat, and bone.
The Prey Raw Model depends on the organs to provide vegetative nutrients, so it can lack some of the other nutrient areas some dogs require. Treats like carrots, fresh apples, blueberries, watermelon, and other fruits and veggies can help round out this diet.
Supplement or Switch To Raw Dog Food
Some pet owners will supplement their dry dog food with raw dog food to ensure access to natural proteins while maintaining a majority dry food diet for dogs. Supplementing with raw dog food can become a part of a complete transition to raw dog food. Speak with a vet about supplementing.
Dog owners who want to switch to raw dog food should slowly transition their dog to raw food while monitoring their stool movements. Your dog’s feces will provide helpful hints to understanding their nutritional needs.
If the stool is loose like diarrhea, you will need to slow the transition to raw dog food. White stool means too much calcium and indicates a need for more organ meat. Soft, dark stool may mean you need to increase the amount of meaty bones in the dog’s raw diet.
Your dog may indicate they are detoxing from dry food. While this can be normal, be sure to check with a vet familiar with raw dog food diets if you notice any of the following:
- the dog’s stool has a covering of mucus
- their coat is shedding excessively
- they are experiencing runny eyes
Raw Dog Food Concerns
Bacterial contamination from raw food can be a concern for dog-loving households with young children, elderly adults, or immunocompromised individuals. However, for other homes, meticulous sanitation practices will help minimize cause for concern.
Good sanitation practices for raw dog food diets can include:
- Washing hands after coming into contact with raw food
- Disinfecting the dog’s food bowl after each use of raw food
- Picking up the dog feces using strong, thick dog-waste containment products
- Frequently cleaning the dog’s feet to reduce tracking bacteria through the home
In addition to concerns about bacterial contamination, raw food can require more time and attention than commercial dry foods. Homemade raw dog food will take up a lot of time planning, shopping, creating, and storing the food. Experiences will vary between households.
Thankfully, 3 Raw Hounds offers two lines of raw dog foods that help minimize time spent on your dog’s food while still offering maximized nutritional benefits. Email the 3 Raw Hounds team at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our raw dog food.