Whoever made dogs (and we can't thank them enough) designed them to eat raw meat. Whether you're looking at a small breed like a Chihuahua or a large Bernese Mountain Dog, an athletic agility star or a couch potato, what all of our pups have in common are short, simple digestive tracts, a high level of hydrochloric acid in their stomachs, hinged jaws, and pointy teeth. Despite their different looks and domestication, they are anatomically designed to thrive on a raw meat-based diet. Today's raw diets mimic what dogs have eaten in the wild for millennia. Why is this particularly important for dogs with digestive issues? When dogs are fed raw, biologically appropriate foods, their bodies are able to properly utilize the nutrients. With cooked foods and/or highly processed foods, your dog has to work harder to get the nutrients they need. There is also the bioavailability element (the proportion of a nutrient that is absorbed and utilized). While humans need to cook their meats, dogs receive the most nutrients from raw foods. A survey among We Feed Raw clients revealed that 96% of their dogs had smaller, firmer, less smelly poops after switching to a raw diet. This is no surprise, especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs or digestive issues. With raw, you're feeding food in its most digestible state. Great in, great out. On the other hand, a dog on a commercial dry diet will often have big, messy poops that are hard to clean up. Pee-ew.