Updated: Feb 5
I know you've heard it before: do NOT feed your dog raw food if he's eating kibble (or vice versa), or else never feed kibble and raw at the same time, they digest at different rates and your dog will get sick! Of course you've heard those statements, am I right?
Well I'm here to tell you...they're myths!
These myths were started by well-meaning, but ill informed people and unfortunately to this day, you still see them circulating around the internet.
Let me try and clear things up for you.
The idea that because kibble and raw digest at different rates means your dog will get sick actually doesn't make any sense. Everything they eat, and everything WE eat, gets digested at different rates! If you have a meal with say, fish, potatoes, asparagus and bread, each of those will be broken down and digested differently. The same holds true for your dog.
What's interesting is that in an experiment where they actually looked at digestion times, kibble was digested FASTER than raw food, not slower like many people believe!
The other myth circulating around the internet is that the pH of kibble is different than raw so that if your dog eats kibble, which has a higher pH, your dog won't be able to digest the raw food correctly. Guess what? Nope!
In reality, the stomach's pH doesn't ever remain constant. It lowers during digestion then goes up after digestion. And a study actually found that, contrary to popular belief, the stomach pH of kibble fed dogs was actually really low, around 2! So again, it's a myth that kibble raises the pH of the dog's stomach acid.
A dog's stomach is really fine tuned and constantly adjusts the pH to suit whatever the dog is eating. No confusion, no improper digestion, no increased risk of infection. It's all good!
So stop worrying that you'll be harming your dog if you mix and match raw and kibble, you won't be! In fact, if you replace just a small portion of your dog's daily kibble with raw food, fruits and vegetables, you actually can significantly reduce his risk of cancer!
So get creative, mix things up a bit, add some variety to your dog's daily meals, and know that you're doing something really wonderful for your pup!
And if you'd like to know what foods to avoid and which ones are the best for your dog, why not grab a copy of my FREE pet food analyser now!