Natural Food Diet and Raw-Fed Diet

Home-Made Doberman Pinscher Food

Besides commercial food diets, there are two other diets growing in popularity, both of which require plenty of research by the Doberman owner and the consultation of a veterinary nutritionist.

The natural food diet is similar to a human’s diet, minus the heavy carbohydrates. In this diet the Doberman owner prepares meats, usually chicken, by cooking and de-boning it. This provides the protein and fat. Fiber is provided with an assortment of vegetables as are needed vitamins and minerals. Cooked rice is usually part of this diet and dietary supplements are necessary to insure adequate vitamins and minerals. This diet is essentially making a homemade version of commercial dog food with higher quality ingredients and without preservatives.

The raw-fed diet is similar to the natural diet except everything is raw. The raw-fed diet usually skips the serving of rice and consists of 40% meat, 40% raw bone, and 20% raw vegetables. Raw bone can safely be digested unlike cooked bone which splinters.

Special care must be taken with the raw food diet to avoid the spread of bacteria. The dog, if allowed to slowly adjust, will easily deal with pathogens such as salmonella. Humans will not. The area where this raw food is prepared and served must be thoroughly cleaned as should the dog after eating to prevent poisoning human members of the home. This diet also requires vitamin and mineral supplements and the consultation of a veterinary nutritionist.

The raw-fed diet attempts to provide a diet similar to what nature provides a wild canine. Because of this, many people feel it is superior to commercial dog food. However, we should remember that our Dobermans are not wild canines, they are domesticated canines. Also, the diet provided to a wild canine is a diet of survival, not optimization which is what commercial dog foods are formulated to be. I’m willing to bet if wolves and wild dogs could afford it, they would shop at the local pet food store.