Although raw diets represent the most nutritionally bio-available and natural diet for dogs, there are times when dogs should not be fed raw animal proteins. Dogs with bowel problems such as gastroenteritis, which might include bouts of vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or all the above, should not be fed a raw diet during flare-ups. When the bowel is not moving at its normal rate, there is increased risk for bacteria present in raw meat to incubate and multiply in the bowel pockets and then to enter the bile duct and damage the liver. This is very serious and can be fatal. If the raw food does not contain bones, you can lightly cook it during times of illness (never cook the bones as they can become brittle and splinter, causing a choking hazard). Once your dog recovers, simply transition him back to his raw diet. Alternately, you can keep a high-quality grain-free kibble or canned food on hand for these times. Be sure to also checkout our blog for additional articles.
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