The Different Types of Raw Food Diets for Chihuahuas
It should be noted that raw food diets are NOT endorsed by the FDA and the majority of veterinarians do not recommend feeding these to pets. The majority of raw food guidelines suggest changing food ingredients every other day or every third day. This is due to just one recipe lacking proper nutritional value thus creating a need for a variety of foods to swap out with others.
In order for a dog to meet his nutritional requirements and to have a balanced diet, a raw food diet must be adjusted, with food being rotated as opposed to your Chihuahua having one main food source with kibble.
Though there are many variations of different types of raw food eating plans, these are some of the most popular types:
The BARF diet -
The principle of this is to prepare meals at home using raw meat and organs (liver, kidney, tripe [stomach lining of an animal] and heart). The animal source may be chicken, turkey, beef, bison, lamb or fish. Also included is meaty bones, eggs (some plans call out for raw eggs, others will allow cooked eggs), vegetables (celery, broccoli, carrots, and some call out for Cayenne pepper) and fruit while avoiding grains. It allows for some milk products
and some vitamin supplements.
The Ultimate Raw Food Diet -
This is a diet with an emphasis on raw meats and animal organs as listed above and encourages supplements of flax seed oil and large doses of vitamin C. It does not allow grains or dairy products (including yogurt which is actually very good for Chihuahuas in moderation) or raw honey.
Raw Frozen Food -
These are commercial brands that offer a mix of meat (typically chicken), along with eggs and vegetables such as broccoli (too much can make a Chihuahua gassy), celery, spinach and carrots.
Raw Freeze Dried -
Generally these have the same ingredients such as raw chicken, ground bones, and vegetables but are freeze dried which means that until thawed, the bacteria in the food cannot grow.
Proponents of raw food for dogs claim that it will lead to:
- Healthier skin, coat and teeth (Note that claims of healthier teeth
are due mostly to gnawing on raw bones; however chewing on bones can be detrimental for dogs, especially tiny toy breeds like the Chihuahua; more ahead)
- Higher energy levels
- Smaller stools (not really a concern for most Chihuahuas)
- Easier digestion of food (apparently due to enzymes not being destroyed by cooking)
- Better health due to the fact that chemical preservatives, artificial coloring and artificial flavoring are eliminated