The myths about raw food!
Giving your pet a full diet of raw food is the best way to provide a balanced diet. However, there is a lot of misinformation about the raw diet of dogs and cats.
This can be overwhelming for pet owners who are looking to do the right thing for their health.
As raw food advocates, we constantly hear these myths, so we'll show you these ideas are wrong with real facts.
Myth # 1: A raw meat diet is not a balanced diet.
This is one of the main myths that big processed pet food companies are spreading. These seek to discourage pet owners from feeding raw by saying that it is unbalanced and does not meet all of your pet's nutritional needs.
It is true that feeding your dog a juicy steak will not provide all the nutrients he needs to live. Feeding your pet raw is more than meat.
Animals fed a raw diet need variety in their meals to provide all the vitamins and minerals they need for optimal nutrition. You should also add bones, essential fatty acids, and essential vitamins and minerals to create a balanced diet that will keep your pet fit for life.
Myth # 2: Feeding raw meat puts your pet at risk for salmonella.
Various well-publicized health alerts over the past two decades have made consumers very suspicious of the threat of salmonella and other bacterial diseases. The ironic thing about these reports is that no one seems to do much when commercial kibble is recalled due to contamination.
Your pet's digestive system can handle gut bacteria without a problem. The bodies of dogs and cats are made to prevent harmful bacteria like salmonella from entering the body and disturbing the healthy balance of the intestinal flora. They have very acidic stomachs along with natural digestive enzymes that help them process Salmonella and other bacteria without getting sick. You can also avoid bacterial contamination if you choose, store and prepare your pet's meals with good hygiene protocols in mind and obtain their meat from reputable suppliers.
Myth # 3: Feeding on a raw meat diet takes time and is complicated.
Choosing and purchasing the right ingredients to build a complete diet of raw meat doesn't take any more time than doing your grocery shopping for yourself, and you don't need a canine nutrition degree to get it right!
Myth # 4: Most pet owners can't afford raw feed.
If you switch your pet from a brand of store-bought generic dog food to a raw meat diet, chances are it will cost you more to provide each of your dog's meals.
However, eating raw foods can be cheaper than you think. Good quality, but cheaper cuts of meat, bones and organs are easily found. Find a local butcher or farm to save money, and look for cheaper cuts of meat that will provide just as much nutrition.
Myth # 5: A raw diet will make your dog aggressive.
This is one of the biggest myths surrounding feeding dogs on a raw meat diet, and perhaps the one that has done the most damage.
The idea that feeding your dog a healthy, complete raw food will turn him into a bloodthirsty beast is based only on fear.
Feeding your dog a raw meat diet will not make your dog aggressive, but as with any food your dog really enjoys, some dogs can do resource protection and will not want to share or be approached.
Teaching your dog the right eating behaviors is essential no matter what type of diet they are eating. A raw meat diet will not cause or worsen any behavioral problems in your dog.
Myth # 6: Feeding your dog bones is dangerous.
It's a fact - not all bones are suitable for dogs.
Small, thin bones that can break and cooked or smoked bones that are brittle can pose a health hazard to your dog. However, any fan of raw food will tell you that the bones of these types are not included in a raw meat diet for dogs.
Wild dogs and wolves chew on raw bones to get essential calcium and to help keep their teeth clean and strong. Provided you choose dog safe bones and prepare them correctly to match your dog's size and stage of life, they are an essential, healthy, and very appetizing addition to your dog's diet.
Why choose raw food?
There are several reasons, including:
Commercial kibbles contain mycotoxins, toxic substances produced by fungi that can cause a lot of problems, from allergies to digestive disorders to cancer.
Dry food can also contain a lot of plant protein, which is not as beneficial for your dog.
Most kibble contains a lot of carbohydrates, which dogs have no nutritional requirements.
In order to meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards, kibble makers must also add synthetic vitamins and minerals due to nutrients that are lost when food is cooked at high temperatures.
Raw food is not only better for your pet's digestive and immune system, it is also great for healthy teeth, skin and coat.
Fresh, whole foods can provide everything your pet needs for good health.
For nutritional advice, do not hesitate to contact us.