It seems only natural for us to cook raw food; you wouldn’t get a steak out of the freezer and just start chewing it as soon as it thaws. Dogs are not humans though; they have evolved from species that were predatory animals and while they’re very much loved and pampered now, that doesn’t mean their stomachs are any different. Your pup is perfectly capable of eating uncooked meat, in fact, it can be better for them than cooked meat.
All of the benefits of raw feeding, the shiny coats, the bright eyes, the extra energy and the joint support your pooch gains are all locked-in in its raw state. If you introduce heat to this to cook it, you can destroy many of the nutrients available and it can become much less beneficial to your four-legged friend.
The only possible benefit to cooking the raw food you give to your dog is reducing the risk of your pup eating contaminated meat. Humans cook our food to rid any risk of sickness from bacteria that can live in it, but dogs are built a little differently. The risk of this is very limited in good brands of dog food in pet stores and dogs aren’t as susceptible to becoming ill from things like Salmonella as we are. While there are some brands of raw dog food you can cook, you will still be reducing the nutritional value of that food.
Cooked Bones are Dangerous!
If you feed your dog a diet like Nutriment Boneless Beef Formula
then there are no strict safety reasons against cooking your pup’s meals. They may lose some nutrients but if you can’t stand the thought of raw feeding, then it is an option to gently cook raw dog food on the stove.
Boneless options for raw food are limited though, as most meals are served as complete diets which will mean they often contain bones. Bones offer a valuable source of calcium and are great at keeping your pup’s teeth clean, however should never be served cooked.
Under heat, bones will become brittle and can break into sharp little fragments as your dog chews on them. This can cause all kinds of damage from the mouth all through the digestive tract, so cooking raw food that contains any amount of bone should always be avoided.