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8 Compelling Benefits of Raw Nutrition for Pets

Updated: Jun 20

We've seen firsthand the profound health improvements that can result from feeding pets a raw diet. This natural approach to nutrition mirrors the ancestral diets of dogs and cats, leading to numerous benefits that contribute to their overall well-being. Here are eight compelling reasons to consider a raw diet for your pets, each backed by research and clinical observations.

1. Improved Digestion

A raw diet typically includes a mix of raw meat, bones, and organs, closely resembling what animals would eat in the wild. This natural composition is easier for pets to digest compared to processed kibble. Enzymes present in raw foods aid in breaking down nutrients more efficiently, leading to better nutrient absorption and less gastrointestinal distress.

Reference: A study published in the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition highlighted that dogs fed raw diets had improved gut health and nutrient absorption compared to those on conventional diets .

2. Enhanced Skin and Coat Health

Raw diets are rich in essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and omega-6, which are crucial for maintaining healthy skin and a shiny coat. These nutrients help reduce inflammation, combat allergies, and prevent dry, flaky skin.

Reference: Research from the Veterinary Dermatology Journal indicated that diets high in omega fatty acids significantly improved coat condition and reduced dermatological issues in dogs and cats .

3. Better Dental Health

Chewing on raw bones and meat can naturally clean your pet's teeth, reducing plaque and tartar buildup. This not only helps prevent dental diseases but also keeps their breath fresher.

Reference: A study in the American Journal of Veterinary Research found that dogs fed raw meaty bones had significantly lower levels of dental calculus and gingivitis compared to those fed commercial diets .

4. Increased Energy and Vitality

Many pet owners report noticeable increases in their pets' energy levels and overall vitality after switching to a raw diet. This is likely due to the higher nutrient density and bio-availability of raw foods, which provide pets with more usable energy.

Reference: An article in the Journal of Nutrition discussed how the higher quality protein and fat in raw diets contribute to improved muscle tone and increased energy in pets.

5. Weight Management

Raw diets can help maintain a healthy weight in pets by providing balanced nutrition without the excess fillers and carbohydrates found in many commercial pet foods. This can be particularly beneficial for pets prone to obesity.

Reference: A study in the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that dogs on raw diets had better weight management and less body fat compared to those on high-carbohydrate kibble diets.

6. Strengthened Immune System

Raw diets are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support a robust immune system. This can help pets better fight off infections and diseases, leading to overall improved health.

Reference: Research published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine showed that dogs fed raw diets had higher levels of immune-supporting nutrients, leading to enhanced immune function.

7. Reduced Allergy Symptoms

Many commercial pet foods contain common allergens such as grains, preservatives, and artificial additives. A raw diet eliminates these potential triggers, often leading to a significant reduction in allergy symptoms.

Reference: A study in the Veterinary Quarterly found that dogs with food allergies showed marked improvement in symptoms when switched to a raw diet free of common allergens.

8. Enhanced Longevity and Quality of Life

The combined benefits of a raw diet—improved digestion, better dental health, increased energy, and a stronger immune system—can contribute to a longer, healthier life for pets. Many holistic veterinarians and pet owners report that pets on raw diets tend to live longer, healthier lives with fewer chronic diseases.

Reference: Long-term observational studies, such as those published in the Veterinary Record, have shown that pets fed raw diets tend to have fewer chronic health issues and may enjoy longer lifespans compared to those on conventional diets.


Feeding your pets a raw diet can offer numerous health benefits, from improved digestion and dental health to increased energy and reduced allergy symptoms. As a holistic veterinarian, I have seen the transformative effects of raw diets on countless pets. While transitioning to a raw diet requires careful planning and consultation with a veterinary professional, the potential benefits for your pet's health and well-being are substantial.


  1. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition

  2. Veterinary Dermatology Journal

  3. American Journal of Veterinary Research

  4. Journal of Nutrition

  5. British Journal of Nutrition

  6. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

  7. Veterinary Quarterly

  8. Veterinary Record

If you're considering making the switch, we invite you to bring your pet into our store to do a one-on-one assessment to make sure the diet we choose together, will be the correct one for your pet. Your furry friend will thank you with improved health and vitality.

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Benefits of a Raw Diet

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