5 Mistakes People Make When Feeding Pets a Raw Food Diet

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Mistake #4: Ignoring the Potential Need for Supplements

 

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While not all dogs eating raw food diets will need supplements, some will.

 

“Calcium is probably the most important nutrient to be sure there is enough of in a raw diet,” according to Alinovi.

 

Fortunately, calcium is quite easy to add to the diet.

 

“For those who purchase commercially prepared raw diets, the calcium is already balanced,” Alinovi says. “For those preparing raw food at home, ground egg shell or oyster shell can provide the dietary boost in calcium that is needed beyond what is provided in bone.”

 

Dogs on raw diets can also benefit from a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil or flax seed oil. “Both of these oils are known for their anti-inflammatory benefits,” says Alinovi.

 

Most other supplements are based on owner preference and the dog's individual needs, according to Morgan, although she recommends the addition of kelp and seaweeds, as they are rich in trace minerals.

 

“Depending on the pet and the problems, additional joint supplements, vitamins, or minerals might be necessary,” says Morgan. “It's very individual, at least in my hands.”

 

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