Q: My dog has bad allergies. Can raw dog food help?
Q: How much do I feed my dog?
Small dogs will eat less. For a 10 pound dog you would feed 1/4 of a patty (or a little over 1/4 cup per day of nuggets).
Q: I switched my dog's food. Now he/she has diarrhea/is constipated. What should I do?
Here is a typical example of a veterinarian's curriculum https://cvm.msu.edu/student-information/dvm-program-admissions/curriculum This is from Michigan State although most schools are similar. If you search the curriculum for nutrition, you'll find it in the title of two courses; VM514 Comparative Life State Nutrition and LCS645* Ruminant Nutrition Clerkship. LSC645 is an elective course while VM514 is a one semester hour course in the vet's freshman year. Elective courses are chosen based on the interest of the vet candidate. If he or she isn't planning on working with cows or goats, they aren't going to take a course on ruminants. They opt for a more interesting course like cardiology or ophthalmology. The VM514 course is a broad overview of different types of species' nutrition that a vet MAY be exposed. This is hardly an all-inclusive education of nutrition and especially not dogs and cats. As a side note, doctors only receive one, three semester hour course in their freshman year on nutrition. Again, hardly enough to create a deep educational foundation. What I generally find is that vets simply don't know anything about animal nutrition. What they do learn is guided by the dog food company that has food in the vet's practice waiting area. And kibble companies are NOT advocates of raw. Why? We advocate and practice canine healthcare while vets practice animal sickcare. This, unfortunately, is a huge differentiator.
Peer review research suggests that a person is 15 times more likely to contact salmonella or E. coli from dry food rather than raw. Think about it for a second. After someone scoops dry food out of a bag do they wash their hands? Or if the dog drops it on the floor, would we treat it the same as raw beef? The issue here is we are so accustomed to assuming something in a bag from a big company is safe because everyone uses it. Surely they have safety controls in place. I have also found that not to be the case. Their chicken and beef come from feed lots where they spend their entire lives sitting or walking in animal feces. Dust from that feces will get kicked up and all the chickens and cows breathe it. If salmonella exists, it spreads quickly. Compare that to grass-fed, free range cows that eat grass all day instead of eating corn treated with antibiotics and you begin to see the difference animal welfare is to the safety process. Feedlot beef is cheap. Grass-fed beef isn't. Just look in the store at price differences between free roaming, pasture raised organic chicken and Purdue or Family Pride or the store's ground beef compared to grass-fed beef.
Here are some articles and videos that will address your concerns (and the information is probably overkill). Doctor Karen Becker is highly regarded in the areas of animal nutrition and raw pet foods.
In addition to this, Raw Dog Hawaii tests every batch we produce for salmonella and E. coli. We do this for human safety rather than a dog's safety, because a dog's systems are designed to combat both these pathogens (we're still protecting your dog though ;). We also only use USDA, human-grade ingredients.
This is the chicken we use: http://www.maryschickens.com/cabronze.htm This is the chicken Whole Foods sells: http://www.maryschickens.com/organicchicken.htm
Same farm, but ours is a higher grade and with a higher humanely raised rating than what you are able to get at Whole Foods. Our beef comes from Maui Cattle Company: http://www.mauicattlecompany.com/?page_id=11
So, the cost of our foods are higher than other raw foods on the market; although we are less expensive than Primal Raw. We do this for the exact reasons and concerns heard from vets, however because your vet isn't trained and has little to no knowledge of our food quality I would have to say their concerns are unfounded in the reality of raw dog foods on the market today.