Q: ISN’T RAW FOOD DANGEROUS? WHAT ABOUT THE DANGERS OF PATHOGENIC BACTERIA?
A: Dogs and cats are great at handling a multitude of pathogenic bacteria, as they have a stomach acid pH of 2 or lower. Raw meat and bones will sit in this “acid bath” for a sufficient amount of time to kill off salmonella and other pathogens. Always wash hands, utensils and surrounding counter top after preparing and serving raw food. Wash bowls after every feeding.
Q: AREN’T BONES DANGEROUS FOR MY PET?
A: This is one of the most commonly asked questions about raw feeding. The truth is, raw bones are great for your pet! They are fully digestible and are the main source of calcium and phosphorus in the diet. The bone marrow also plays an important role in blood formation. So yes, raw bones can and should be fed.
NEVER feed any type of cooked, dehydrated or smoked bones to your pet, as these can splinter, causing severe damage to your pet’s digestive tract.
Q: IS A RAW DIET A BALANCED DIET?
A: With raw feeding, balance will come over time, not in a single meal. This is perfectly acceptable, and it is safe. Rotating proteins daily, with a minimum of 3 different varieties, as well as supplementing with healthy oils, probiotics, adding in fresh eggs, some fresh or fermented fruits and vegetables will all contribute too a healthy balanced diet.
Q: WHY IS MY PET DRINKING LESS WATER ?
A: You may notice your pet drinking less water when they are on a raw diet. This is normal. Raw food is naturally higher in moisture than processed food therefore a reduced need for water. Kibble fed dogs require much more water to process all the starch, grains and fillers in their food. There is also a reduced risk of dehydration when feeding raw as opposed to kibble. However, always ensure a fresh supply of clean water at all times!