Raw Dog Food Patties

Raw dog food is food that is fed to dogs that has not been cooked or dried, like conventional dog foods. A raw food diet can be a very healthy way to feed your pet, and is known to lengthen the life of dogs. It is especially beneficial for dogs who are suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer.

The raw food diet usually consists of uncooked meats, organs, edible bones, vegetables, dairy products and fruits. Most raw foods are better for dogs than cooked foods and are also higher in nutritional value. Raw foods will be more expensive than dry dog foods, and will also require time for preparation. 

Overview of the Raw Food Diet for Dogs

The raw food diet is known to be significantly more nutritious than traditional dog foods that are cooked and dried. Raw and uncooked food has more minerals, vitamins, and other healthy ingredients that cooked foods often lack.

Usually, the most heathy raw meats to feed dogs include:

  • chicken
  • fish
  • quail
  • lamb
  • rabbit
  • duck
  • venison

Raw eggs and dairy products such as cottage cheese, shredded cheese, and non-fat yogurt are also commonly used in the raw food meal plan. 

Meat is not the only ingredient that is recommended for the raw food diet for canines. Fruits and vegetables are also highly nutritious and many dogs enjoy the variety. Raw carrots, apples, oranges, bell peppers, spinach, broccoli, celery, and pears are common vegetables used in raw food diets. Even though there are various different vegetables and fruits that are healthy for dogs, do not feed a dog garlic or onion. Both of these foods can cause severe anemia in dogs. 

Raw Dog Food Patties

Raw foods can also be made into raw dog food patties for dogs. There are several types of raw food patties available for purchase, or pet owners can make their own raw dog food patties at home. There is no specific way to make raw food patties for dogs, and many different types of ingredients can be used. 

It is best to start with ground or shredded meat, usually chicken, quail, lamb, or rabbit. Any type of healthy raw meat can be used for raw dog food patties, it will not matter. Finely ground bones, eggs, flax seed, cayenne pepper, fruits, and vegetables can also be included in the patties.

The best fruits and vegetables to use are:

  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • apple
  • pear
  • oranges

Shredded cheese can also be added.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, or use a blender to make the ingredients easier to blend. The ingredients can then be molded into large patties, or small nuggets. Freeze any unused patties and let thaw before serving the next time. 

Introducing Raw Food to Dogs

If your pet is currently eating a dry or cooked dog food, it is best to introduce the raw food diet very slowly. If you feed your pet raw foods too quickly when his stomach and digestive system is not used to it, it may make him sick. Start by introducing a small amount of raw food with his regular food, and slowly increase the amount. Eventually, you may decide to feed your pet all raw foods, or only partial raw foods.