The main difference between cooked and raw diets is the exposure to heat.

Both diets have similar benefits but raw diets have the added boost of free enzymes and phytonutrients.

Some reasons why owners choose cooked diet include:

  1. Nutrients such as lycopene is more easily absorbed and used once cooked than raw

  2. Recent gastrointestinal surgery or pancreatitis

  3. Companion’s preference to cooked over raw meals, warm over chilled meals

  4. Aversion to blood

It is important to understand the nutritional demands of your companion if you wish to formulate meals at home to prevent nutritional imbalances.


Meals should primarily contain a mix of meats and edible organs not vegetables or grain such as potatoes and rice.


The benefits of a cooked diet include but not limited to

  • Fresher breath

  • Better weight management

  • Improved digestion

  • Healthier skin and coat

  • Management of medical conditions (Joint pain, kidney issues, etc.)

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Reduction of allergy symptoms

  • Boost in energy levels

  • Increase in appetite

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