Well it is quite simple. Raw means raw.... not cooked. Our dogs have been on raw food since 2001. The oldest died at 16 years old because he was pts. Most suburban vets will tell you not to feed raw because of bacteria, parasites, etc... that is pure commercial hype. Dogs will scavenge a rotting carcass and be fine so don't let a science diet vet cause you to worry. We have many posts on here about raw feeding so read and decide what type of food suits your lifestyle and you dog's health. it is purely a personal choice.