A Raw Food Diet Could Kill Your Dog – Truth or a Myth? | Update

In nutrition, diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related). Although humans are omnivores, each culture and each person holds some food preferences or some food taboos. This may be due to personal tastes or ethical reasons. Individual dietary choices may be more or less healthy.

Complete nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids from protein and essential fatty acids from fat-containing food, also food energy in the form of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity.

There are thousands of diets. Some are for losing weight, while others are for gaining weight, lowering cholesterol, living a long and healthful life, and many other reasons.

A diet is best described as a fixed plan of eating and drinking where the type and amount of food are planned out in order to achieve weight loss or follow a particular lifestyle.

Here are some diets that are popular in the community

1. Mediterranean diet
The emphasis is on lots of plant foods, fresh fruits as dessert, beans, nuts, whole grains, seeds, olive oil as the main source of dietary fats. Cheese and yogurts are the main dairy foods. The diet also includes moderate amounts of fish and poultry, up to about four eggs per week, small amounts of red meat, and low to moderate amounts of wine.

2. Raw food diet
The raw food diet, or raw foodism, involves consuming foods and drinks that are not processed, are completely plant-based, and ideally organic.

3. Vegan diet
Veganism is more of a way of life and a philosophy than a diet. A vegan does not eat anything that is animal-based, including eggs, dairy, and honey. Vegans do not usually adopt veganism just for health reasons, but also for environmental, ethical, and compassionate reasons.

4. Vegetarian diet
The majority of vegetarians are lacto-ovo vegetarians, in other words, they do not eat animal-based foods, except for eggs, dairy, and honey.

Studies over the last few years have shown that vegetarians have a lower body weight, suffer less from diseases, and typically have a longer life expectancy than people who eat meat.

5. Ketogenic diet
The ketogenic diet has been used for decades as a treatment for epilepsy and is also being explored for other uses. It involves reducing carbohydrate intake and upping fat intake. It sounds contrary to common sense, but it allows the body to burn fat as a fuel, rather than carbohydrates.

6. Atkins diet
The Atkins diet, or Atkins nutritional approach, focuses on controlling the levels of insulin in the body through a low-carbohydrate diet.

If people consume large amounts of refined carbohydrates, their insulin levels rise and fall rapidly. Rising insulin levels trigger the body to store energy from the food that is consumed, making it less likely that the body will use stored fat as a source of energy.

Therefore, people on the Atkins diet avoid carbohydrates but can eat as much protein and fat as they like.
Although popular for some time, the Atkins Diet comes with certain risks. Individuals considering the Atkins Diet should speak with their doctor.

A healthy diet may improve or maintain optimal health. In developed countries, affluence enables unconstrained caloric intake and possibly inappropriate food choices.

Health agencies recommend that people maintain a normal weight by limiting consumption of energy-dense foods and sugary drinks, eating plant-based food, limiting consumption of red and processed meat, and limiting alcohol intake.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is an evidence-based information source that policy makers and health professionals use to advise the general public about healthy nutrition.

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A raw food diet could kill your dog! I hear this all the time! Truth or Myth?
There’s a lot of conflicting information about raw feeding when it comes to the benefits or the danger of feeding our pets a raw food diet.

Watch this video and hopefully, you make the right decision.

This is based on my 30-year study (15 years into it) with 5000 dogs and 2000 cats on a raw food diet. I’m also studying cancer prevention and natural cures for dog and cats.
More information here:

I have personally fed raw for over 17 years, and I currently have two Great Danes that are 10 and 5 years old. I have two Minature Dachshund’s that are 14 and 17 years old. I also have two cats that are 3 and 4 years old. They are all raw fed.

Yes, I’m biased towards raw feeding, but that is based on my experience with it and my many years of research into raw fed pets.

Make up your own mind, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

If you’re sitting on the fence and not sure how to get started, I wrote a book just for you:

Thomas Sandberg
Founder of Long Living Pets Research Projects

Founder and President of Long Living Pets Research Foundation

Park City, Utah



  1. You would think, meat can't hurt my dog. I used to think that. Then I got a german shepherd that actually got sick, non-stop diarrhea on meat. I thought it was the veggies, so I eliminated them one by one. No change, the only thing that got the diarrhea to stop was rice, for obvious reason. I slowly started re-introducing food to her. The diarrhea returned after her first time having meat again. Certain dogs, and sometimes breeds as a whole, can't digest high protein diets correctly. There is not one diet that fits all dogs. Dogs, like humans, are all different. Also, sidenote, dogs' digestive systems are NOT identical to wolves.

  2. Wolves are not identical to dogs in physiology. Both are actually partly omnivoric. Feral dogs, even those living apart from Humans, show this clearly. Their dentition is also optimized for other food sources, unlike the feline dentition. Some breeds can't even digest mammalian meat properly, showing that there is a distinction between how to feed a wolf and dog, just from thousands of years of domestication.

  3. You don't answer the question if raw food diets can kill dogs. Maybe you know the answer is yes. Of course raw meat can kill dogs more easily than cooked meat. You only need to make one mistake with sourcing or preparation, maybe even through no fault of your own. And even then there are parasites in perfectly consumer grade meat, for example pork (because it is assumed you cook it first). Poultry often has a problem with Salmonella, among other pathogens. And no, dogs don't just shrug it off, it does lead to clinical and inapparent but persistent infections. Which is a perfect way of giving Salmonellosis to a child, btw.

  4. There is no scientific evidence for the idea that raw food will prevent cancer in dogs. It flies in the face of all medical knowledge about cancer. Compared to perfectly fine scientific and episodic evidence that raw meat contains and transmits pathogens to dogs, I know which kind of food I would be more worried about.

  5. dogs like wolves are carnivores but as he SAID they are meat eaters that base their diet MOSTLY on meat, so, they can totally, and actually do, eat vegetables, fruits and plants but the basis of their meal have to be meat, unless there is a major digestive problem. My dog like many others love meat but also loves apples, cucumber, carrots (only cooked) among others. What's most important is to know what NOT to give, meat that is full of fat is not good, meat that is mostly waste is no good. Dogs do not process seeds, it's like poison to them so no grapes, no beans, etc, any vegetable or fruit with seeds must be controlled. ALSO, they don't process acids very well like lemons, mandarins or tomatoes, it causes diarrhea, gastritis, etc, so you have to be careful. Obvious no goes are chocolate, popcorn, sugar in general, spices, eucalyptus and processed food for human consumption. FINALLY, dry food can be good or even the best option, when the owner doesn't have the resources, the time or knowledge to feed an all natural or raw diet. Or when the diet needs an specific control, for any breed/illness requirement. A good example is dried food for elder dogs which are rich in vitamins, fiber, etc, to protect their joints, control their weight and keep them active. Some old dogs don't have the desire to change to raw diet. Dried food is good as long as you use a good brand, note please, not expensive, just good. Raw or natural can be equally good or the best depending on the needs of the dog, we have indeed breded this animals so much that some have develop quite picky digestive systems so it's important to consult with a couple books, vets and people that know the breed. Dogs that have never tried a raw diet are probably going to have problem adapting to it, elder dogs have many digestive issues with kidneys, liver, etc, so it's best to move with caution. You have to know your dog and their conditions and needs. A full test battery could tell you how their kidneys are working, etc, to know if they can process or not the dry or raw food. Also, trying little by little or balanced food can help, adding vegetables, fruits and meat to their dry food. : D

  6. Not even gonna watch. Its a myth. Be smart about your sources where you obtain the meat for them. Your dogs and cats have always eaten like that before and thats how they should be eating now. Vets don't recommend it because they haven't learned about it. One vet named Dr. Karen Becker feeds her dogs raw though, she's worth looking into and please watch the documentary "Pet Fooled", that will definitely show you how wrong it is to feed your pet kibble.
    Some pets take a while to eat their kibble or even skip days because they don't actually want that crap. They need real meat. Or some of your pets get diseases because they're being poisoned through that food and all the vet is gonna say is to possibly switch to a different kibble lol.
    Go look up videos of people putting their dog on raw diet, they either go through "" or they use the "B.a.r.f" diet.

  7. Last time I have my dog a raw meat bone to nibble on from the butcher she got sick for a few days. Explain that shit? Your raw meat diet is BS. You're basically saying dogs arent capable of evolving just as we did. At one time we ate raw meat ya know? There's 15,000 years of separation between what is a wolf and a domesticated pet. Within those years has been a slow diet alteration by us. Y'all act like kibble made no advancements over the b years. Out of all your research I bet you never found a dog that lived longer than another dog on kibble. Quit trying to shame us for not feeding raw. Some of us have seen it CLEARLY didn't work so why should we try again, that would be stupid.

  8. There are some aspects to consider here. Dogs are NOT wolves, or wild animals. A large part of their breeding and evolution has been alongside humans, who are opportunistic omnivorous mammals. Dogs would have adapted to this mixed omnivorous diet, over the course of thousands of years.

    It really isn’t as simple as ‘dogs are carnivores’. A raw meat diet does carry risks. But it can be part of a complex diet.

  9. Jesus Christ beat around the bush much? thanks for the damn answer. YES OR NO literally a 10 second video 2 minutes if you want to tell us why after you tell us yes or no. Now someone in the comments that actually knows what they are talking about. Is it safe? Please don't come in like yeah it's safe that's what they do in the wild, because I wouldn't make you eat what people in 3rd world countries eat and say oh well that's what wild humans eat mean while you're dying of Ebola. Seriously though is it safe, and how is it safe?

  10. Well, raw meat can't kill your dog.. But the wrong type of kibble can kill your dog.. ( Some high quality kibble is ok, but I recommend raw meat more, just to be safe )

  11. False, we domesticated dogs 15,000 years ago, and agriculture 11-12,000 years ago, which means that they have been eating carbohydrates for thousands of years, and require a healthy amount of carbs in their diet. This can be done with a number of ways.
    -White rice for dogs with a sensitive stomach,
    -Whole Brown Rice
    -Sweet Potatoes
    -*Corn or Wheat (provided that it isn't being used to substitute a protein source, and definitely a no-go for dogs with gluten allergies)
    Also, dogs who are feral, which is what you were describing, commonly eat trash and garbage and are generally ineffective hunters who are not well equipped to be hunting wild animals. Dogs are not carnivores, they are scavengers. Labrador retrievers don't kill the birds they bring back for their owners, nor do Lurchers rely on catching rats as a main source of food. They eat what we give them, wether it's a kibble, raw diet, canned diet, or garbage if they are feral.

  12. Din watch the video yet but Raw food won't killed your Dogs that stupid .
    Dog food will kill your bank balance 😁

    But no matter what people say we Asian cook meat before we treat the Dogs or else the Dog start hunting for prey like chicken when he get hungry or else for sports

  13. Homo sapiens is consider to be 150 000 y old. It is also conside to be too short period to make huge changes in metabolysm and the way we diagest food. But humans have descover a fire cca 2 milion years ago whic is enough time to adopt to cooked food.
    Dogs are consider to be domesricated only 10 000-20 000 years ago, its so obvious that this period is too short for significat changes in diet requirements of domestificated dogs compared to wild ones.

  14. Okay…well my dog is 5years old and…I have been feeding her pedigree…I was trusting this company or just any dog food company…but after doing my research I was shocked!Pedigree is a very harmful dog food and I stoped buying it right away.Now I am thinking of a raw diet…But is it to late?

  15. You said to do research or contact you if I disagree that dogs are carnivores. I also disagree that dogs digestive system is identical to wolves. Dogs have a longer intestinal tract than true carnivores like cats. The reason they have this is specifically to break down more complex things like starches and carbohydrates and some plant materials. This change has even been noted in their genome and it's well accepted that dogs are omnivores. It's also suspected that they are not directly descended from any wolf species alive today but that they instead share a common ancestor much like us to chimpanzees. Dogs are not wolves and should not be viewed as such. There are not only clear visual differences but also genetic differences.
    Raw pet food diets are undoubtedly more dangerous than dry kibble and are founded in misinformation and pseudoscience. Even the owner of the largest raw food company in North America was quoted saying
    "Most folks think that kibble doesn't go bad, so it's a good product. But why isn't it consuming itself? Why isn't bacteria liking it – what do the bacteria know that we don't know?"
    Anyone with a basic science education can tell that is bullshit fear mongering. Bacteria don't avoid dry food because they don't like it, water is one of the building blocks of life and bacteria cannot survive long without it, that's why it is safer to preserve food through dehydration and cooking because raw foods contain moisture which become a breeding ground for bacteria when not in a controlled environment. That's why we began dehydrating food to begin with. It's a technology that was discovered thousands of years ago lol it's why beef jerky keeps so long and doesn't need to be refrigerated too lol not complicated stuff

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