RAW Food Diet is simple. Yes. It is. Simple and natural. However, sometimes people complicate.
Let’s put this way. Your dog is a carnivore (if you have doubts, please, open his mouth to check his teeth). As a carnivore, he is equipped to take care of meat, organs, bones, etc.
Well, technically, any kind of, but think of his size to decide… Some preys make more sense for big dogs, another for small ones and so on.
WHAT ABOUT BACTERIA AND MICROORGANISMS?
His stomach pH is close to one (which means “super acid”) believe me, he will get rid of bacteria easily.
DO DOGS NEED VEGGIES?
This is an endless debate between BARF feeders (Dr. Ian Bilinghurst) and Species Appropriate or Prey Model Diet feeders (Dr. Tom Lonsdale). To make it short; when you buy minced meat meals, you are going with BARF, when you buy raw meat bones, like morsels or a whole chicken, for example; you are going with Species Appropriate or Prey Model.
BARF Feeders believe that the dog can benefit eating veggies (to mimic the stomach content of the prey), but not more than 25% of the total food intake.
Species Appropriate Feeders believe that dogs don’t need to eat veggies, they can get all nutrients from the meat, organs and other meat parts of their diet. They say wolves shake their prey stomach to clean its content before eating it. But, because of the depletion of the soil and environment changes, they cannot claim the preys are getting all the minerals and nutrients they need in order to offer our carnivore pets the same nutrients as well. As of now, Species Appropriate Feeders accept veggies or, even better, greens, since they don’t represent more than 10% of the total food intake.
The internal anatomy of dogs shows that they have short digestive tract, which means quick digestion.
Veggies, especially the starchy ones and greens rich in cellulose, need time to be digested. In addition, the enzyme amylase, required to digest the starch, is produced in small amounts by your dog or cat’s pancreas. Small amounts are also produced in the pet’s intestine and liver but most amylase that finds its way into your pet's blood stream comes from its pancreas.
If the ingestion of carbohydrate is too much, pancreas and liver start to be overloaded.
I am a Portuguese writer with certifications on Small Animal Nutrition.