thank you! this is really helpful!
My husband and I are kinda in the in-between of why switch if its not broken. I know people who are doing raw say that the benefits are huge, but its hard to find a lot of material to back it up.
One is the natural enzymes on the meat that has not been cooked away. They will break down all the plaque and tartar on teh teeth and get in between teeth too, like flossing. Those same enzymes will travel down to the stomach and help seed the gut with good bacteria (balances the gut. Both help with bad breath as bad breath comes from plaque and tartar build up and a bad gut.
Two... maximum nutrition. when you cook food you destroy a lot of nutrients. This is the reason they add a vitamin and mineral package to the food, to re-balance it. With this being said, certain vitamins can be toxic in excess. Like Vitamin A. to much is toxic, but a raw carrot, the dog will take the beta carotene and create it's own vitamin A as it needs it and discards the rest, no excesses.anything cook is altered and anything synthetic like vitamins forces the body to try to absorb it.
Three... You aren't feeding a kibble that is just 10% moisture. Feeding raw food at 65-75% moisture means you will get healthier kidneys. Dry food absorbs a lot of the water your dog drinks. This in turn pulls the water through the colon and not let it pass to the kidneys to help keep them flushes. Your dog will probably drink less and go to the bathroom as much or a little more, this being healthier for the kidneys.
Four... at least up until a couple years ago, at that point there still was no known or reported cases of a raw diet killing dogs whereas with kibble, that certainly can not be said.
I would feed strictly raw if it wasn't going to cost me over $100 a month to feed so I supplement it with a high quality kibble. Though I may try to see if the bank account can handle it over a couple months and go from there.