I transitioned Missy & Buzz from kibble to raw food a little over 7 months ago, and couldn’t be happier with the pups’ new diet: Their coats look amazing, their teeth are clean without me having to brush them (raw bones are an excellent toothbrush courtesy of nature!), and their poop volume has decreased tremendously.
Missy brushing her teeth with a raw chicken leg quarter
One thing I have been extremely curious about lately is which type of food they’d go for first when given the option between kibble and raw!
Since I no longer feed kibble, I ventured into the dog food aisle of our local grocery store to buy a small bag of the cheapest, poorest quality kibble I could find.
The Experiment Footage
Raw Trumps Kibble
I placed a small bowl of the cheap grocery store kibble next to the pups’ raw meals from RawPaws Pet Food.
I then let the pups decide which food they wanted to dig in first. It didn’t really come as too much of a surprise that both Missy & Buzz ate the fresh raw food first, especially since each bowl also included a duck neck (which pup would turn one of those down?!).
Their opportunistic doggie genes did show, however, when both pups were ready to eat the kibble after having finished their raw food.
Mommy Was a Kibble Party Pooper
Yes, I’ll admit it, I ended up being a kibble party pooper and didn’t let Missy or Buzz have any of it.
As mentioned in the video, that particular brand of kibble included all of the NoNo’s of processed dog food:
• 1 chemical preservative which is a suspected cancer-causing agent (BHA)
• 1 controversial food moisturizer (Propylene Glycol – interestingly enough, the FDA no longer allows it in cat food..)
• 5 artificial colors (Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6, Titanium Dioxide, Caramel Coloring – the latter has been linked to causing cancer in laboratory animals according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest)
• 2 empty/cheap fillers at the top of the ingredient list (corn & soybean meal as opposed to meat protein sources – have you ever heard of a dog raiding a corn or soybean field? No? Neither have I).
My kibble vs raw experiment was an overall successful one in my book (or blog!). I’m glad that the pups went for their raw food first, although in a perfect world, I would have loved for them to turn up their noses at the kibble 😉
Which option do you think your pups would have chosen? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!