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October 19, 2022 2 min read
It’s spooky season, so in honour of a season filled with ghost stories and mysteries, we’re busting some of the myths about raw feeding that may cause fear when beginning raw feeding.
Will my dog become aggressive when feeding a raw diet?
No. Feeding raw meat does not cause or worsen behavioural problems. In fact, eating a raw diet can actually help to calm dogs because their stomachs aren't struggling to digest the carbohydrates and fillers that are found in processed pet foods.
Feeding raw meat can make pets sick from salmonella.
The digestive system of an animal is much different than that of a human. A dog or cat’s saliva kills bacteria entering with food and protects them against harmful pathogens. They also have high acid stomachs (pH 1-2) containing strong hydrochloric acid (HCL), making it extremely difficult for them to get sick.
Remember to wash your hands, bowls, utensils & surface area thoroughly after you use them to prepare your pet’s meals. Just like you would when cooking raw food for humans! Make sure to defrost and store food properly to avoid any contamination or bacteria growth.
Raw feeding is too expensive.
The cost to feed a raw diet depends on the size of your pet, activity level and the number of allergies or dietary restrictions you are accommodating. For many pet owners who are transitioning from an expensive kibble, the cost difference will be minimal. When feeding a large breed dog, raw can be more expensive than other diets however over the long term, choosing a high-quality diet can save money and vet bills over time.
Raw food diet lack the proper nutrients.
We work closely with a Canine Nutritionist when creating our recipes to ensure pets are getting the nutrients they need. We also offer full transparency when it comes to our nutritional analysis as we provide a full breakdown of nutritional parameters including calories, fat, minerals and enzymes etc. of our raw dog food formulas.
One of the most important factors in raw feeding is protein rotation.The most important factor in pets receiving the proper nutrition is to feed a variety of proteins; this is called rotational feeding. This means feeding a variety of proteins that are alternated either daily or weekly to ensure your pets are getting the nutritional requirements they need on a regular basis.. It offers pets a broad mix of vitamins, minerals, enzymes & amino acids. For example, Beef is rich in Iron, Copper & Manganese where Chicken is a great source of Tryptophan, Choline & Potassium. *NOTE: Some dogs require some sort of supplementation due to illness, age or underline health issues. (See our blog on protein rotation here).