The Dangers of Feeding Raw Food

Raw diets may not provide dog’s with the complete nutrition they need. These diets may also expose cats to the threat of food-borne pathogens.

Consuming raw eggs in a dog’s diet can cause a deficiency of the vitamin biotin. Symptoms of biotin deficiency include inflammation of the skin, loss of hair, and stunted growth.

Raw fish can cause a deficiency of the vitamin thiamine. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency include loss of appetite, abnormal posture, weakness, seizures—even death.

Table scraps will not provide the balanced diet that dogs require, and are not an appropriate treat.

Raw meats may contain parasites—and cooked meats can be too high in fat for your dog.

Raw liver can cause vitamin A toxicity in dogs. This is particularly true if consumed by a dog already on a complete and balanced diet containing ample vitamin A.

Bones should never be given to dogs, as they may splinter and lodge in his mouth, throat or digestive tract.