A vet who endorses raw dog food looks inside the mouth of a Golden Retriever

24 Strong Vets Who Endorse Raw Dog Food

24 vets who endorse raw dog food, anyone?!

As a raw feeder, I know that it can be challenging to have that “what does your dog eat” discussion with traditional vets.

“Yes, I know you don’t approve, and no, I won’t switch back to kibble.”

So whenever I get a chance to tune into holistic or integrative vets who endorse raw dog food, I do a little happy dance.

Thankfully, there are more and more veterinarians who are advocating for this natural and biologically appropriate way of feeding our pets.

And not just in their physical offices, but online as well!

I just love it.

These veterinarians support raw feeding because they know it can lead to improved overall health and well-being for dogs (and cats as well), including:

  1. Improved coat and skin health
  2. Increased energy levels and vitality
  3. Reduced risk of allergies and sensitivities
  4. Enhanced digestion and nutrient absorption
  5. Cleaner teeth, fresher breath & the absence of “dog smell”

I mean, they actually SEE hundreds and hundreds of doggie patients whose health drastically improves on a fresh food diet, so how can traditional vets argue that it’s bad?

Ugh. Beats me.

The vet in the picture below is veterinary homeopath Dr. Loops with my pup Missy.

24 Vets Who Endorse Raw Dog Food

24 vets who endorse raw dog food

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Buy anyways, please enjoy the list of the vets who endorse raw dog food below.

Most are from the US, but there’s also a few vets from abroad, including Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, Australia and Canada.

I also included lots of links to YouTube videos, mostly of Dr. Karen Becker interviewing fellow holistic or integrative vets.

They’re around 30 minutes each and super interesting.

Obviously, it’s not feasible to watch them all in one setting, but just bookmark this blog post and watch them as you have time. I watched a few a day and oh my – so much value!

Also, please feel free to share it with your traditional vet who’s opposed to species-appropriate, raw dog food!

Now without further ado, the following veterinarians contribute to the growing awareness of raw feeding!

1. Dr. Karen Becker

Dr. Karen Becker is a well-known integrative veterinarian who has gained a significant following for her advocacy of natural pet care, including raw feeding.

She emphasizes the importance of feeding pets a biologically appropriate diet and offers practical guidance on transitioning to a raw food diet on her website and through her @DrBecker YouTube channel.

I already briefly mentioned that she interviews lots of fellow vets who endorse raw dog food on her YouTube channel, and I’m linking to relevant interviews where it makes sense.

Dr. Becker also wrote the following books:

I haven’t read either one yet, but they’re on my “to read” list.

2. Dr. Ian Billinghurst

Dr. Ian Billinghurst, an Australian veterinarian and author, is credited with popularizing the concept of the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet for pets.

His books, including “Give Your Dog a Bone” and “The BARF Diet,” have influenced many pet owners and veterinarians to explore raw feeding as a viable option for their pets.

Fun fact: Both are sitting on the healthy dog area of my book shelf!

He also published a newer book “Pointing The Bone At Cancer: In Dogs, Cats” (it’s a big one, 26 lbs! Not oz, lbs!, it took him 10 years to write it).

You can catch Dr. Becker interviewing Dr. Billinghurst on YouTube here.

Dr. Ian Billinghurst books

3. Dr. Jean Hofve

Dr. Jean Hofve is a holistic veterinarian who promotes the benefits of raw feeding as part of a holistic approach to pet health.

She wrote the book “Paleo Dog: Give Your Best Friend A Long Life, Healthy Weight, And Freedom From Illness By Nurturing His Inner Wolf,” which sheds light on the issues with commercial pet foods and the benefits of natural diets.

I don’t personally own this one, but read a small portion of it that’s available as a preview on Amazon. I liked it enough to put it on my “to read” list.

Check out Dr. Becker’s YouTube interview with Dr. Hofve here.

4. Dr. Marty Goldstein

Dr. Marty Goldstein is another prominent veterinarian who supports raw feeding as a means of improving pet health.

His book, “The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide To Caring For Your Dog And Cat,” discusses the importance of a natural diet in preventing and treating various pet ailments.

I don’t have it yet, but again, it’s on my list of books to read.

Check out his input on cryosurgery which freezes cancerous tumors. Then it dies and the body starts to reject it.

I wish this approach would have been tried on my late pup Missy when she had a cancerous tumor. Instead, it was removed the traditional way, and unfortunately it came back 3 years later.

Missy died in April of 2018, and I miss her every single day.

By the way, her initial cancer diagnosis back in late 2014 triggered my interest in raw dog food in the first place.

Check out Dr. Karen Becker’s YouTube interview with Cindy Meehl and Dr. Marty Goldstein.

5. Dr. Richard Pitcairn

Dr. Richard Pitcairn is a renowned homeopathic veterinarian and author of “Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats” (co-authored by Susan Hubble Pitcairn).

-> On my growing reading list.

He advocates for holistic and natural pet care, including raw and homemade diets as a way to promote optimal health in pets.

Check out Dr. Becker’s YouTube interview with Dr. Pitcairn here.

6. Dr. Lisa A. Pierson

Dr. Lisa A. Pierson, a feline veterinarian, is a strong advocate for raw feeding, especially for cats.

She founded the website CatInfo.org, where she provides valuable information on feline nutrition, including the benefits of raw food diets.

Here’s a YouTube video of Dr. Karen Becker interviewing Dr. Lisa Pierson.

7. Dr. Steve Marsden

Dr. Steve Marsden is a holistic veterinarian (and human doc!) who supports raw feeding as part of a holistic approach to pet care.

Here’s a YouTube video of Dr. Karen Becker interviewing Dr. Steve Marsden on how he became an integrative veterinarian.

He emphasizes the importance of species-appropriate diets and natural remedies to maintain pet health.

8. Dr. W. Jean Dodds

Dr. W. Jean Dodds is a well-respected veterinarian known for her work in veterinary hematology and immunology.

She supports raw feeding and often discusses its potential benefits in maintaining healthy pets, particularly for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies.

Dr. Dodds co-authored a book called Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science Of Feeding Your Dog For Optimum Health.

Check out Dr. Becker’s YouTube interview with Dr. Dodds here.

9. Dr. Judy Morgan

Dr. Judy Morgan is a holistic veterinarian who promotes raw feeding and natural pet care on her website, her YouTube channel @DrJudyMorgan and through her books:

She believes in the importance of balanced, natural diets for pets.

Check out Dr. Becker’s YouTube interview with Dr. Morgan here.

Also, check out Dr. Morgan’s Naturally Healthy Pets Podcast.

10. Dr. Barbara Royal

Dr. Barbara Royal is an integrative veterinarian who combines conventional and holistic approaches to pet care.

She is a proponent of raw feeding and emphasizes the role of nutrition in maintaining the health and vitality of pets in her book:

The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach To Wildly Healthy Pets.

Check out this YouTube video of Dr. Karen Becker interviewing Dr. Barbara Royal: Integrating a Functional Approach to Healing With Dr. Barbara Royal.

Fun fact: She owns the Animal Diet Formulator app! I recently subscribed to it and am currently browsing it.

Note: I don’t love the fact that you’re stuck with the subscription for one year.

Barbara Rivers Animal Diet Formulator
My Animal Diet Formulator dashboard

11. Dr. Tom Lonsdale

Dr. Tom Lonsdale is a British-born, retired veterinarian who lives in Australia. He’s known as the Whistleblower Vet.

He wrote the books Raw Meaty Bones and Multi Billion Dollar Pet Food Fraud.

That said, he’s a prominent advocate for raw feeding and emphasizes the importance of raw meaty bones for the dental health and overall well-being of pets (dogs, cats and ferrets).

Update December 2023: I interviewed Dr. Lonsdale and his vet friend Dr. Clarke-Williams on my YouTube channel.

Raw Meaty Bones with Dr. Lonsdale & Dr. Clarke-Williams

I also just listened to the audiobook version of the Multi Billion Dollar Pet Food Fraud and very much enjoyed it!

Multi Billion Dollar Pet Food Fraud Audiobook by Dr. Tom Lonsdale

12. Dr. Will Falconer

Dr. Will Falconer is a holistic veterinarian and certified veterinary homeopath who supports raw feeding as part of his natural pet care approach.

He provides information and guidance on raw diets on his website, Vital Animal.

Check out Dr. Becker’s YouTube interview with Dr. Falconer here.

13. Dr. Barbara Fougere

Dr. Barbara Fougere is a holistic veterinarian and author of “The Pet Lover’s Guide to Natural Healing for Cats and Dogs.”

She supports raw feeding and offers insights into holistic pet care, including nutrition.

Here’s a YouTube interview of Dr. Becker with Dr. Fougere.

14. Dr. Michelle Yasson

Dr. Michelle Yasson is a veterinarian who promotes raw feeding through her website and blog, “The Raw Feeding Community.”

She provides resources and information to help pet owners transition to raw diets.

15. Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Dr. Patrick Mahaney is an integrative holistic housecall veterinarian who advocates for raw and natural diets for pets.

He often shares insights into pet nutrition and holistic care on his website and in media appearances.

16. Dr. Dee Blanco

Dr. Dee Blanco is a veterinarian who supports raw feeding for dogs and cats.

She is known for her expertise in pet nutrition and often speaks about the benefits of raw diets at veterinary conferences and events.

Dr. Blanco also offers multiple courses on pet health – fun fact: I’ve taken one:

Dr. Dee Blanco’s, DVM, “Feeding Fresh Course (Part 1): How to Feed Your Pet Real Food”

17. Dr. Michael W. Fox

Dr. Michael W. Fox is a well-known advocate for holistic pet care and raw feeding.

He authored several books, including “The New Animal Doctor’s Answer Book,” and regularly shares insights on natural pet health.

Check out Dr. Becker’s YouTube interview with Dr. Fox here.

18. Dr. Conor Brady

Dr. Conor Brady is an Irish veterinarian who promotes raw feeding through his practice and educational efforts.

He emphasizes the role of balanced raw diets in preventing common health issues in pets, and has authored the book:

Feeding Dogs: The Science Behind The Dry Vs Raw Debate

Also, check out Dr. Becker’s YouTube interview with Dr. Brady here.

Dr. Brady also made an appearance on Dr. Judy Morgan’s podcast on the topic of probiotics for dogs here.

19. Dr. Susan Wynn

Dr. Susan Wynn is a board-certified veterinary nutritionist who supports raw feeding as an option for pets with specific dietary needs.

She provides guidance on balanced raw diets for pets with various health conditions.

She’s also been the Senior Director of Scientific Affairs at Instinct Pet Food since 2019.

20. Dr. Doug Knueven

Dr. Doug Knueven is a veterinarian who advocates for holistic and natural pet care, including raw feeding, to help pets achieve optimal health.

He’s also the Chief Veterinarian at Kure Pet Food. They sell products like bone broth, raw goat milk and raw cow milk kefir.

Dr. Becker interviews Dr. Knueven on YouTube here.

21. Dr. Julie Buzby

Dr. Julie Buzby is a veterinarian who specializes in canine rehabilitation. She’s the founder of Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips For Dogs

She supports raw feeding as part of a holistic approach to maintaining the health and mobility of dogs, particularly in their senior years.

22. Dr. Bruce Syme

Dr. Bruce Syme is an Australian veterinarian and founder of Vets All Natural.

He is a passionate advocate for raw feeding and offers a range of natural pet food products.

23. Dr. Cynthia Lankenau

Dr. Cynthia Lankenau is a veterinarian who promotes raw feeding and natural pet care as part of her practice.

She provides guidance on balanced raw diets and holistic approaches to pet health to help pet owners make informed decisions about their pet’s nutrition and well-being.

24. Dr. Liza Schneider

Dr. Liza Schneider is a holistic veterinarian who grew up in South Africa and practices in New Zealand.

Here’s a YouTube video of Dr. Becker Interviewing Dr. Liza Schneider and Dr. Cynthia Lankenau.

24 Vets Who Endorse Raw Dog Food: Bottom Line

The veterinarians who support raw feeding are passionate advocates for the health and well-being of pets, and they offer valuable insights and guidance for those looking to feed a healthy raw dog food diet.

To find a holistic vet in your area, just do a Google search for “vets that support raw feeding near me”, or check out the AHVMA online.

That’s the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and you can search their worldwide directory for a holistic vet (most entries are still for the US, just FYI).

Back when my pup Missy was rediagnosed with cancer, I found Dr. Charles Loops near us in NC.

He’s a veterinary homeopath and I highly recommend him!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.






4 responses to “24 Strong Vets Who Endorse Raw Dog Food”

  1. Jacob Avatar

    Barbara, Dont get too upset with ADF! It took me a good year to really get comfortable with it. When I signed up, it was a flat fee of $300 and then a $49/year renewal (they have since changed to the ever popular monthly “rental” fee, so to speak, which is TOTALLY RIDICULOUS…but I am locked in to the old price until Oct 1, 2025 so, there is that). Formulation in ADF is not straightforward and there are so many food items missing or incomplete that folks still need common sense to formulate. Put it this way, I have YET to be able to churn out a single full recipe that meets NRC standards and still supplies the calorie content my boys require containing the ingredients I can access. They have fabulous and prompt customer service though!
    If you ever need some help, while I am NO expert, I can offer what I know. Love the “add to compare” function as well as the ability to create a recipe (say a particular blend of organs) and then save that recipe AS AN INGREDIENT so you can use that one item in a recipe to replace (for example, a mix of eyeballs, testicles, liver and kidney). I LOVE the “save as ingredient”.
    Not sure I love it enough to pay the new price once my old contract expires, but I am guessing no.

    1. Barbara Rivers Avatar

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the ADF, Jacob! It’s good to hear that it took you a while to figure it out as well. I have played around with the “add to compare” function and definitely love that. But like you, I also noticed that many food items are missing.

      For example, they don’t have any deer (secreting) organs, no rabbit (secreting) organs, no goat (secreting) organs, no duck frames, no pork trotters, and a few others that I can’t remember now.

      Thank you also for sharing that “save as an ingredient” tip – I did not realize I could do that!

      I feel like anyone new to raw feeding would probably get discouraged fairly quickly if they were to use the ADF.

      That said, I am playing with the idea of writing a review blog post on the ADF – if you’d like to share your 5 cents and how you’re using it for your boys, please let me know. You can just shoot me an email to Barbara@k9sovercoffee.com.

      And YES, their price is really up there, good for you that you got a locked in rate for a while!

  2. Carrie Avatar

    I have followed Dr Lisa Peirsons formula (catinfo.org) since my 9 year old cat was 6 weeks. I noticed she changed to “some cooking” which I wonder was because of the pressure. Well, i still give my cat the original recipe and he is doing great!

    1. Barbara Rivers Avatar

      Hey Carrie, thanks so much for sharing this! Very interesting, and happy to hear that the original raw formula is still working for your cat 🙂

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