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Buying Raw Diet Food – Part 1

Dogs on a raw food diet are naturally healthier, happier, and more
energetic. However, buying raw food for dogs can be a challenge to
some dog owners since there are several considerations to keep in mind.

First, when buying raw diet food for dogs, make sure the food is human
grade food or fit for human consumption. This means it is the
highest quality raw food available. Making sure that everything is
fresh and safe to eat is one of the keys to success when following
the raw food feeding model.

Next, make sure you buy organic fruits and vegetables. Organic
fruits and vegetables are grown without pesticides or insecticides
or any growth enhancers. This means the product is all natural and
good for your dog

Be sure you purchase your meat from a reliable butcher who takes
his product from a farm which does not use growth stimulants for
their livestock. Like fruits and vegetables that are not grown in
an organic manner, meats with growth stimulants is not an ideal
raw food for pets. These stimulants can give your dog health
problems or create unnatural growth in your dog.

The ebook ‘Going Rawr! Dog Lovers Compendium.’, by Maggie
Rhines, is great for people who are just starting out their dogs on this
diet and who would like to know more  about how to implement it and
how to avoid food contamination. You can check out the book’s
website by clicking HERE for more information.

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Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat? You Be The Judge

Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat? You Be The Judge

Domesticated dogs descended from wolves over thousands of years. They are man’s best friend and considered loving members of the family. Does this mean since wolves hunt down their prey and eat it raw, can dogs eat raw meat as well?

BARF – It’s What’s For Dinner

Depending on whom you’re speaking with, BARF either stands for ‘Biologically Appropriate Raw Food’ or ‘Bones And Raw Food’. At its core, it supports feeding your dog a complete raw diet, whether you buy it or prepare it yourself.

Raw diet supporters allude to such benefits as smaller stools, healthier teeth, and overall better health if a dog returns to a natural, organic diet. For many dog owners, it’s the answer that makes sense to buying traditional store-bought dog food.

So, is feeding your dog raw meat okay?

Veterinarians agree the answer is no, for a couple of reasons. First of all, raw meat has something that fully cooked meat does not – the risk of infection and disease.

Second, preparing a nutritionally-sound, well-balanced diet is beyond the scope and knowledge of most dog owners. Therefore, vets tend to advocate feeding your dog the right commercial dog food is simply much easier and more effective to ensure they’re getting all the necessary nutrients in their diet.

BARF Advocates vs. Mainstream Veterinarians

For the most part, advocates of raw food diets (BARF) disagree with mainstream veterinarians. They point out that a dog’s stomach is very different than that of a human’s and therefore able to digest raw meat and anything else that comes its way.

They also conclude that mainstream veterinarians do not support raw food diets because of the nutritional values they’ve been taught by the commercial dog food industry. Vets suggest that feeding raw means you are allowing the risk for meat contamination and also putting the health of your dog in jeopardy as well.

Raw Meat Differences Between Domestic Dogs and Wild Wolves

Feeding raw meat to your family dog is much different than what a wolf eats in the wild. When a wolf makes a kill in the wild, it’s clean.

The wolf is eating a fresh animal carcass, not a filthy piece of meat from regulated USDA slaughterhouse. The ongoing debate stems from the quality of meat rather than the ability of a dog to process it.

If you choose to feed your dog a raw diet, be prepared to provide him with the highest quality meat available.

Want to Feed Your Dog Raw Meat? Here’s what you need to know:

– Only get your meat from a trusted, high-quality, local butcher that incorporates the regulation, monitoring, and sanitation of the meat he sells. This will substantially diminish the risk of parasites and/or infection.

– In addition to meat (raw or cooked), your dog needs a complete, balanced diet including vegetables and supplements.

Be aware of advertising lingo. Some dog food companies market their product as “human grade”, which literally means nothing. From a legal standpoint, they aren’t obligated to adhere to their claims in any way. “Human grade” looks good and sounds good in terms of marketing, but it’s not a guarantee their product is any safer than a raw meat diet.

Keep in mind though, there are risks associated with commercial dog foods as well. Most go through extensive processing and contain many additives and chemicals that not only are not beneficial for your dog, but may ultimately make them sickly and cause them to die earlier than they should.

So, Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat or Not?

The short answer is yes. However, does that mean they should? The answer depends on how much your dog will benefit by eating a raw meat diet. It’s up to you, the dog’s owner/parent, to weigh the pros and cons and determine what’s best for your particular dog.

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