There are numerous reasons why raw dog food is better than kibble. We cover 4 of them in this article.
1) Gut health/digestion
Gut microbiomes are much different in raw vs kibble fed dogs. A raw, meat based diet is easily digested and provides the fuel necessary for a healthy gut environment, resulting in improved overall health.
The lifeless, highly processed ingredients in most kibble promote an inhospitable environment for good bacteria. This is due to the lack of natural enzymes and the inclusion of denatured proteins, which don’t fuel the microbiome effectively.
The result of this is a sterile and imbalanced gut, which affects digestion, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients. These conditions can cause allergies, digestive complaints and auto-immune problems.
2) Skin health
Dogs’ gut health is directly related to their immune response and skin health . Skin irritation is a common result of gut/immune issues due to a low-quality diet.
Without a strong and balanced gut, inflammation and overactive histamine production can occur, leading to increased instances of allergies and thus, irritation of the skin. This causes dogs to itch, develop hot spots, and generally feel uncomfortable.
Raw meat dog food is easily digested and nutrient-rich, encouraging healthy digestion, immunity, and skin.
3) Obesity/weight management
The high carbohydrate content (starches and sugars) in most kibbles encourages overeating and weight gain. This often leads to health concerns such as diabetes and joint pain, among others .
Raw dog food is better than kibble for weight management.
It’s higher in protein and healthy natural fats, low in carbohydrates, which makes it more satisfying and nutritious, and it provides dogs with energy and stamina for regular exercise and healthy weight maintenance.
Read our overweight dog guide for more info on how to help a dog lose weight.
4) Joint problems
Joint health can be related to the body’s inflammatory response, which is better balanced and regulated by feeding a natural, raw meat diet.
The processed carbohydrates found in many kibbles fuel the production of advanced glycation end (AGE) products, which can cause inflammation and increased degeneration of the joints.
Consequently, this can lead to stiffness in some dogs. For dogs with joint issues, feeding raw vs kibble dog food can provide dietary support to minimise (or prevent) such mobility restrictions.