Originally Answered: Opinions on raw dog food diet?
I think it's great. I feed my dogs a raw diet, and it's been one of the best things I think I could have ever done for them. Clean teeth, fresh breath, a healthy, shiny coat, no "doggy" odor, little to no gas, and small, firm stools. Some people think feeding raw is bad because they're misinformed, and have never seen the results firsthand. Yes there is Salmonella on some raw meats, but Salmonella can also be found in kibble and does not usually affect healthy dogs. They're built to handle it. Raw bones, unlike cooked bones, do not splinter and puncture the stomach or perforate the GI tract. And contrary to what some people think, eating raw, bloody meat does not make dogs aggressive or vicious. That is purely a myth.
Consider this. Dogs, who are genetically wolves, have spent the past millions of years of their evolutionary history bringing down prey and eating raw meat and bones. If it was so bad for them, how would they have survived to that point? Yes, most wolves in the wild have shorter lifespans than the average pet dog, but this is largely due to starvation, predation by humans, being hit by cars, or being killed by other animals. Captive wolves (who by the way are generally fed a raw diet) can live long, happy lives just like dogs.
If you're considering a raw diet, I highly recommend it. You should do a little research beforehand to make sure you fully understand what you're doing, but it's really, *really* not that difficult. People try to make it sound difficult but it isn't. Look at it this way; do you compare each and every single meal you eat to a food chart? Is each and every single meal you eat complete and balanced with the correct of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and proteins? Of course not. You feed yourself for balance over time. And so it is the same for dogs. They're just dogs, not scientific creations requiring complex formulas for optimal health.
Anyway. Here are some really great links that can inform you more about a raw diet, and guide you on proper feeding.
Hope that helps! Good luck!