10 kingsalmon lg Is your dog taking immune-suppressing drugs?
Always be careful of raw meat if your dog is taking an immune-suppressing drug as the drug can increase the likelihood of infections.

A diet of completely raw meat and bones is not entirely beneficial since most domesticated dogs are not active enough to process all of the rich nutrients. In other words, the lower the level of your dog's physical activity, the less raw meat they should be fed.
Unless they are extremely fresh, if you decide to introduce fish, rabbit or pork, be sure to cook them first to kill parasites that are often found in these animals.
Raw bones are great, but do NOT cook them, as cooked bones will soften which increases the likelihood that they will break. The shards from a broken bone can hurt your dog.


Always cook grains.
Some vegetables can be served raw, others should be cooked (list below).
Do not OVERcook the foods as it will destroy many of the beneficial nutrients.
Any raw or other foods purchased should be certified organic ("organically raised," "chemical free," etc.) for their many beneficial aspects over most commercial dog food.
Be especially careful when serving raw meat to older dogs and sick dogs as their systems may not be able to handle it.
If you decide to serve raw natural dog food, always gauge your dog's reaction and act accordingly. There will usually be an adjustment period whenever you introduce a new diet. Many alarming symptoms can show up that are completely normal. They are simply your dog's body's way of ridding itself of toxins. Take special care when transitioning your dog to a raw food or any other new diet and learn what to expect.


What is the Best Raw Food for My Dog?
This section dives into the details of which raw foods to feed and how much, including...
Meats
Eggs & Dairy Products
Beans
Grains
Vegetables
If you decide to take the raw food route for your dog, meat (or other high-protein sources) should make up between 55% and 70% of their diet. Less expensive protein substitutes for meat include eggs, dairy products and beans. This is consistent with the proportion that wild dogs have evolved to eat.
The remainder of their diet should consist of a balance of grains and vegetables.
Raw Meat for Dogs

Raw food for dog health, especially raw meat, has at least one overwhelmingly positive argument going for it - it is the closest thing most dog owners have to the food dogs evolved to eat. Meat is the most natural food for carnivores as it is rich in protein and other vitamins and minerals needed most by dogs.
Even state of the art food processing cannot mimic the complex nutritional value of fresh raw meat. And partially cooking meat can destroy its most beneficial attributes.
Raw Liver Limit
Raw liver is said to have many health benefits, but do not make it more than 10% of the raw meat that you feed your dog. You can either obtain liver from your local butcher or in the frozen meat section of the supermarket.

As a rule of thumb, the fresher the meat the better. Below are some tips on storing raw natural dog food that your dog won’t eat within two or three days of purchase.
If you are on the fence about raw meat, you may want to first try turkey, duck or raw lamb dog food instead of cattle, chicken or pork as the latter have higher cancer rates. It is also a good idea to use a variety of meats with different cuts to more closely mimic the dog’s diet in the wild.
You can also sprinkle meat-drippings or low-sodium soy sauce over tofu for a great meat substitute. As always, make sure that the meat you purchase has been organically raised.


These are the most nutritious raw vegetables for your dog:
Alfalfa sprouts
Bell peppers
Carrots (can be cooked as well – also gives ‘em something good to chew on!)
Chopped parsley
Finely grated beets
Finely grated carrots with peel
Finely grated zucchini and other soft squash with peel
Fresh corn
Lettuce and mixed greens
…these are the most nutritious cooked vegetables:
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Green beans
Hard winter squash
Peas
Potatoes