Beef For Pets

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Beef For Pets™ is a healthy high-protein dog food. It contains no antibiotics or hormones, and is made with beef fresh from the farm. One product combines all necessary nutrients in a complete kibble to provide your pet with a good quality of life. Enjoy the savory taste of red meat with Beef For Pets. This tasty meat is made specifically for pets, and is available in a variety of cuts

Is Beef Dog Food Right for Your Dog

What meat-eating person doesn’t enjoy a good hamburger? Like us, dogs often enjoy the taste of beef. But is a beef dog food formula or a beef and rice dog food formula a good choice for them?

Unless your dog doesn’t tolerate beef, the answer is yes. Beef is a high-quality protein source that provides essential amino acids. Those nutrients help support strong muscles and provide energy.

If you want to switch your dog to a beef dog food formula, there are many great options available, such as Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Small Bites Beef and Rice Formula dry dog food. As you know, choosing a dog food is an important decision. We all want to feed our dogs the best food possible. So, here are a few guidelines to help you narrow your search:

  • Is it made with real beef?
  • Is the formula 100% complete and balanced for your dog’s life stage?
  • Does it contain an easily digestible carbohydrate, like rice, to help provide energy?
  • Does the formula offer antioxidants, like Vitamins E and A, to help support the immune system?

Compare labels and choose a brand you trust. Once you’ve selected a beef dog food or beef and rice dog food formula, it’s best to slowly introduce him to the new food. On the first day, add a small amount of new food to the current food. Over the next seven to ten days, gradually provide more of the new food and less of the current food, until he’s eating the new food exclusively. This slow transition helps to minimize dietary upset that can occur when switching foods.

A dog food with real beef and wholesome rice can provide a healthy, delicious meal for your dog. If you have any questions about your dog’s diet, consult your veterinarian.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat?

Can dogs eat raw meat?
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Raw Food Diets (RFDs) have grown in popularity in recent years. The popularity may stem from pet owners hoping to feed their dogs foods that more closely resemble how they would have eaten in the wild.

Homemade or commercially prepared RFDs are based on raw meat and bones. In particular, these diets include uncooked muscle meat, organs and bones from various mammals, fish and poultry.

Raw diets may also consist of unpasteurized milk, uncooked eggs and raw fruits and vegetables. Although it’s a raw, meat-based diet, it may also include cooked grains. 

A diet consisting of raw meat, fruits and vegetables may seem to resemble the diet of wild dogs, but it’s important to note that they have a much shorter life expectancy than domesticated dogs. 

So, can dogs eat raw meat? Let’s find out.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat? And, Should They?

Yes, dogs can eat raw meat. Should dogs eat raw meat, though? 

Dr. RuthAnn Lobos, a Purina veterinarian, says feeding a diet consisting primarily of raw meat may not provide the complete and balanced nutrition your dog needs. 

“This is especially true in rapidly growing and developing puppies,” she says. “Their dietary needs are quite complex. The same is true for senior dogs who may have a weaker immune system and more sensitive digestive systems.” 

Properly cooking meat and carbohydrates (like we do with our dog foods) can make the food more digestible. When foods are easily digested, “dogs can use more of the nutrients more effectively for producing energy, building muscles and supporting their immune systems,” Dr. Lobos adds.

A RFD can increase your dog’s risk of nutritional deficiencies and illnesses. They need complete and balanced nutrition to help them live long and healthy lives. 

If you do choose a commercially prepared RFD, our experts recommend ensuring it’s formulated by a veterinary nutritionist. We also recommend choosing a food that has undergone feeding trials and meets World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) guidelines to ensure your dog gets all the nutrients he needs. 

Are there Risks to Giving Dogs Raw Meat?

In addition to the risk of nutritional deficiencies, raw meat does pose other health risks—both for you and your dog.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have all spoken out about the dangers of feeding raw meat.

Not only does it pose a risk to your dog, but it poses a risk to you and your family, according to an FDA study. Raw meat is likely to contain harmful bacteria like Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and more.

Cooking meat to a safe temperature kills off those harmful bacteria. By feeding uncooked meat, there’s a higher risk your dog will develop a foodborne illness or other type of bacterial infection. 

Additionally, there’s an increased risk you or a member of your family will come into contact with the bacteria and develop a foodborne illness. Handling the raw meat, letting your dog lick your face, cleaning up his feces or touching any contaminated surfaces increase the risk of infection. 

If you do choose to feed your dog a RFD, we recommend referring to the safety guidelines published by the FDA, CDC or AVMA. Doing so will help minimize the risks of contamination and foodborne illnesses. 

It’s worth noting many therapy dog associations, such as Pet Partners, prohibit dogs on RFDs from being part of their program. This is because the raw food poses too much risk for the humans they are trained to help.

Is Raw Food Good for Dogs?

Although Purina doesn’t recommend feeding dogs raw meat, other raw foods, like certain fruits and vegetables, are safe and even healthy.

Your dog may enjoy any number of fresh fruits and vegetables, like bananas, carrots, apples and more. We recommend washing any fresh produce first to remove any dirt or other residues.

Although these foods may be safe and healthy, it’s important to keep the 90/10 rule in mind. This means 90 percent of your dog’s daily calories should come from a complete and balanced dog food. The other 10 percent can come from treats, which includes fruits and vegetables, in addition to standard dog treats. “This helps minimize the risk for stomach upset and also obesity,” says Dr. Lobos. 

Purina’s Take on Raw Diets for Dogs

While Purina’s experts do not recommend feeding a raw meat-based diet, the choice is ultimately yours. We do urge you to speak with your veterinarian prior to choosing a RFD for your dog.

If you want your dog to have a food that meets his instinctual cravings, try a protein-rich formula like Purina ONE True Instinct.

We also offer natural and grain-free dog food if you have concerns about specific ingredients in your dog’s food. Every ingredient serves a purpose in our pet food products. You can learn more about our ingredients and their purpose in our food here. 

CAN DOGS EAT RAW BEEF?

Raw beef for dogs? A hearty yes! Not only can dogs eat raw beef, but they should because this lean, savory meat protein offers benefits from tip to tail. 

Let’s look at all the reasons why raw beef should be in the bowl.

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Benefits of Raw Meat

Genetically, dogs are designed to digest animal proteins in their raw form. Their ancestors consumed the whole carcass, including muscle meat, bones, tendons, organs, skin, and fur, as a complete meal. 

That’s probably not going to happen in your house, but you can add raw beef to the bowl, and you should because real food makes a difference.

Food is functional– Each food we choose to put in the bowl directs, changes, and shapes our animal’s health– not just weight or performance but also wellbeing.

Food is the foundation of health: yours and your pets. Consider just some of the benefits whole foods like beef offer your carnivore.

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Raw beef offers nutrients like protein, which is the building block for muscles, ligaments, skin, cell maintenance and provides energy for running after a squirrel or chasing a ball. Beef also offers essential fatty acids Omega 3 (EPA & DHA) & 6. Omega 3s nourish and hydrate the skin for healthy skin and a shiny coat. Plus, with its anti-inflammatory properties, omega 3 benefits everything from the heart to the immune system. 

Consider this coverage from tip to tail and just one of MANY reasons dogs need essential fatty acids in the bowl. 

Not bad, right? Now, let’s take a closer look at your four-legger’s needs.

What Makes Raw Beef a Good Choice?

Your dog, the carnivore, NEEDS meat to thrive. 

Think about what dogs ate before they were members of the household. What did generations of animals eat when they roamed apart from us. Surely, they didn’t hunt wild kibble… No, a dog’s biology supports a carnivore’s diet.

Dogs share 99.9% of the same DNA as the grey wolf. As we’ve domesticated animals, we’ve bred them for specific propensities (think hunting or herding) and aesthetics (looking at you pugs), but we haven’t bred out their DNA.

The basic physiology, i.e., their internal anatomy, has changed little since domestication, which also means their nutritional requirements haven’t changed. 

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Take a peek inside their mouths–

Large canines and pointed molars meant for ripping and tearing meat from the bone.

Little to no salivary amylase (the enzyme necessary for breaking down carbs) in their mouth.

High acidity levels in their stomach can handle the number of bacteria found in fresh prey.  

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With anatomy like that, a dog’s diet should match.

That means… Meats and organs, about 70-80%

And, of course, a diet low in carbohydrates, no more than 25% or so (but the less, the better) from vegetables, fruits, seeds, even minimal amounts of predigested grains.

But before you add a hunk of raw beef to your carnivore’s bowl and call it dinner, there are a few things you need to know first. 

Not All Beef Is Equal

Not all beef offers equal nutritional value. Most animals used in beef production are grass-fed or grain-fed. Your canine companion benefits most from the grass-fed variety, and here’s why.

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Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids are essential components of a carnivore diet. Dogs can’t don’t produce them naturally, so we must include them in their daily diets. 

What’s more, Omega 3 and Omega 6 have to be balanced to reap the benefits. The target ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 should be 1:1 in the diet. This is crucial, so those ears should be at attention, pups. 

Too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 can lead to chronic inflammation and ultimately havoc on the body, including diabetes, gut issues, or cancer.

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Raw grass-fed beef has a more balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids. The meat of grass-fed cows contains almost five times the levels of Omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed cows with higher levels of Omega-6. 

And then there’s the fat difference. Grass-fed animals have leaner muscle mass because they’re out roaming the pastures all day and not carb-o-loading. That means less stress-caused oxidation to cells and more nutrients in the muscles and organs.

For Mr. Squishmallow, grass-fed is the superior choice.

Is Raw Beef Right For Your Dog?

Absolutely, dogs have forgiving digestive systems. With higher acidity in their stomachs and shorter intestinal tracts, they can eat raw meat that may harbor salmonella or listeria spores with no problem– and before you panic, some pathogens are completely normal. Remember, we’re talking real, whole, fresh food.

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We hoomans have more sensitive digestive systems that allow those bacteria to wreak havoc for us, which is why we’re hyper-aware of naturally occurring pathogens in our food. 

That’s not to say a big dose of salmonella or listeria from 4D meats that are contaminated or spoiled wouldn’t cause a problem for your dog. Again, it’s all about choosing high-quality sources.

Any dog who is immunocompromised should avoid raw meats. With a weakened immune system, their body isn’t functioning at 100%, making them more vulnerable to pathogen loads. To not deprive these pups entirely, you could cook the beef lightly or opt for a freeze-dried option.

How Much Raw Beef Can I Feed My Dog?

The amount you dish out depends largely on how you’re using raw beef– as a topping on a meal, feeding as a treat, or switching to a raw food diet.

It’s all about kcals– the number of calories a dog needs in a day based on their activity level and age. 

If used as a snack or training treat, 90% of your dog’s daily diet should be nutritionally balanced food. And as difficult as it can be to resist tossing a few extra at snack time, treats should be 10% of the caloric intake.

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No matter which way you offer beef, happy tippy taps will commence, but just remember that while a great addition to the bowl, raw beef alone doesn’t serve as a balanced meal for your dog. If you want to incorporate raw beef into their diet, use it as a topper to a meal that is complete & balanced or consider making the switch over to a balanced DIY raw diet.

How Can I Offer My Dog Raw Beef?

Any form of raw beef will get those ears to perk up in excitement, but just be sure to cut into bite-size pieces or small morsels.

Cut up or mince (like hamburger) and add it right to your dog’s bowl for a nutritional boost.

Dogs are just as excited to receive lightly cooked meat as raw, but the cooking process decreases the nutritional benefits, so if tossing raw meat to your dog isn’t your thing, try freeze-dried. It’s as good as raw, retaining almost 100% of its nutrients.

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Why Beef Is Just One (Big) Portion Of A Carnivore’s Diet

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Adding a helping of raw beef to the bowl or tossing in spinach is undoubtedly this mastiff-sized step for your dog’s health, but it is the first step. Beef, foods like spinach, and blueberries should be parts of a whole, comprehensive diet for your dog. 

Real, raw whole food ingredients picked for the carnivore:

  • high in meat proteins (70-80% per recipe- all USDA inspected)
  • low in carbohydrates (15-23% from nutrient-dense fruits, veggies, and seeds)

And the proverbial raw beef on top? Diets like the Simple Food Project’s Beef & Salmon Recipe are already nutritionally balanced with whole foods only (no synthetic vitamins here, folks). 

Even if you’re feeding recipes like the above as a topper, you’re providing the most beneficial nutrition– antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals from whole foods, and key nutrients that a dog’s diet cannot get from meat alone (or from kibble for that matter). 

It’s real food made especially for your carnivore, making it easy to put the right food on your dog’s plate daily.

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