Everyone knows that the domesticated dogs we call pets once evolved from wolves (specifically, the Gray Wolf), whose diets consists of deer, elk, rats, beavers, and other mammals. But the furry friends that we know and love usually stick to kibble or other dog foods. But does their wolf ancestry allow them to eat the same types of raw meat?
Is raw meat safe for dogs?
While dogs’ diets rely on meat and protein, you should avoid feeding your pet raw meat to prevent the risk of food-borne illnesses like E. Coli and Salmonella. Plus, if your dog catches one of those diseases, there’s a higher likelihood you’ll contract it, too. Purina’s experts recommend sticking to the 90/10 rule, in which 90% of your dog’s nutritional needs are met with dog food, and up to 10% are met with other foods such as fruits or vegetables.
Although they come from raw meat-eating ancestry, Fido should only enjoy cooked meat to prevent illness.