Can I feed my dog a mixed diet of raw and prepared food?

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Vet John Burns explains whether you can feed your dog a mixture of raw and prepared food...

(Q) Can you feed a mixed diet of commercial raw food and prepared food? 

(A) Vet John Burns says: There is a school of thought in human nutrition that you should not eat different food types, such as protein and carbohydrate, at the same time, but I don't subscribe to that theory.

You can feed your dog a combination of raw food and prepared food if you wish. How digestible this will be will depend on the make-up of the commercial food. Many prepared foods contain unsuitable ingredients; in my experience, a high-quality prepared food using wholegrains such as brown rice will deliver similar health benefits to those claimed for a raw diet but without the messiness.