Although there are plenty of possible benefits associated with raw pet food, there are a lot of things to consider before you make the switch. Perhaps most importantly, you should talk with your vet to make sure this is a healthy option for your dog or cat’s unique needs. For example, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), dogs with certain medical conditions — including cancer and pancreatitis — may require cooked food.
In other cases, a raw diet might be just fine for your furry friend but not so good for you. After all, handling raw meat, raw eggs and other ingredients requires a lot of vigilance to minimize the risk of contaminating human food. The AKC also notes that a raw diet might not be a safe fit if you have children or immuno-compromised people in your household.
On the other hand, there are plenty of cases where a raw food diet could be perfect — and not just for dogs and cats. Raw ingredients can also be included in small pet food for some animals, especially ferrets. If you have a ferret, they would likely love whole prey (like a frozen mouse) to sink their teeth into. Even reptiles like bearded dragons can get in on the raw pet food diet; in fact, you’re probably already offering crickets and mealworms to your scaly friend.
Remember, it all comes down to your pet’s unique needs. Always consult with a veterinarian before making changes to an animal’s diet.