Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
Raw meat alone is not a balanced diet. Wild carnivores don't just eat the meat: they eat a certain amount of bone, plus the organs and even the gut contents (raw feeders call this green tripe). Make sure you dog is getting a blanced diet, as said above.
As for dogs being domesticated wolves, no, not true. Just compare the dentition of a small dog, or even a German shepherd with a wolf. The wolf has much bigger teeth and stronger skull bones which help them take apart raw carcasses. I know of several people whose dogs have damaged teeth when chewing on bones and needed expensive dental work to fix their mouths. Bones can also get stuck in teeth or in the throat, stomach or intestines. Too much bone in the diet can cause severe constipation. Raw wild meat and fish can also have parasites in it that can harm your dog. So, educate yourself if you're going this route.
Another difference between dogs and wolves is that domestic dogs, as a result of thousands of years of living with humans, have become much better at digesting carbohydrates. In times of food scarcity, dogs ate whatever they could get their paws on to stay alive, and that included grains and vegetables and fruits. So, don't let anyone convince you that you have to feed raw in order for your dog to be healthy.