Our Dawg Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

F​acts about raw meat diets!

November 28, 2017

Here are some facts from an article titled "Deciphering Fact From Fiction" written by Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, PHD, DACVN & 

Cailin R. Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

  1. No scientific studies have shown benefits of raw diets. Their appeal is based on word of mouth, testimonials and perceived benefits. For example, raw food diets may result in a shiny coat and small stools because they are generally high in fat and digestibility. However, these same properties can be achieved with commercial cooked diets without the risks of raw meat diets.
  2. Wolves in the wild do eat  raw meat (in addition to berries, plants, etc). However, the average lifespan for a wolf in the wild is only a few years. Therefore, what is nutritionally "optimal" for a wolf is not optimal for our pets that we hope will live long and healthy lives.
  3. Dogs and cats can become infected with Salmonella, Clostridium, Campylobacter and other bacteria found in raw meat diets, just as people can (especially young, old or immunosuppressed individuals).
  4. Even meats purchased at the best of stores for people can contain harmful bacteria, so purchasing "human grade" meat does not protect against the health risks of uncooked meats (would you eat raw ground beef?). It is also important to keep in mind that the term "human grade" has no legal definition for pet food.
  5. Most of the bacteria found in raw meat diets can easily survive freezing (and freeze-drying).
  6. Bones, whether raw or cooked, can fracture dogs' and cats' teeth. Bone also can block or tear the esophagus, stomach or intestine.
  7. All the enzymes that dogs and cats (and people) need for digestion are already in the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, additional enzymes from food are not required for digestion.
  8. Corn, oats, rice, barley, and other grains are healthy ingredients that contain protein, vitamins and minerals; they are not added as fillers and are unlikely to cause allergies. Although meat is an important component of diets for dogs and cats, grains can be part of high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet.
  9. By-products are the animal parts that Americans don't typically eat, such as livers, kidneys or lungs. There are specific definitions for what by-products must be the clean parts of slaughtered animals and cannot include feathers, hair, horns, teeth and hooves. Basically, by-products are organs and meats other than animal muscle. Note that some pet foods may actually list these ingredients (e.g., duck liver, beef lung) but these are really just "by-products." Most commercial and many home prepared raw diets also contain by-products.
  10. Most homemade (and even some commercial) raw meat diets are extremely deficient in calcium and a variety of other nutrients, even if chicken necks, bones or egg shells are added. This can be disastrous in any animal but especially in young, growing pets and can result in fractured bones.
So ask yourself now is it worth feeding your dog a raw meat diet??

FAQ About vaccin​es!

November 30, 2017

These are some very common questions and answers provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association website: Click on the link provided to learn more 


Dog owners please keep in mind when your looking for vital information on anything especially your dogs' health use a reliable source or contact a veterinarian.







  1. Q: What are vaccines?

    A: Vaccines are health products that trigger protective immune responses in pets and prepare them to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines can lessen the severity of future diseases and certain vaccines can prevent infection altogether. Today, a variety of vaccines are available for use by veterinarians.

  2. Q: Is it important to vaccinate?

    A: Yes! Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from many highly contagious and deadly diseases. Experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Even though some formerly common diseases have now become uncommon, vaccination is still highly recommended because these serious disease agents continue to be present in the environment.

  3. Q: Which vaccines should pets receive?

    A: When designing a vaccination program, veterinarians consider the pet's lifestyle, related disease risks, and the characteristics of available vaccines. "Core vaccines" (e.g., rabies, feline panleukopenia, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus infection, canine distemper, canine parvovirus infection, and canine hepatitis) are recommended for most pets. Additional "non-core vaccines" (e.g., feline leukemia, canine kennel cough and other vaccines) may be appropriate based on the pet's particular needs.