Six Myths About Feeding Your Dog a Raw Diet
by Katie Allan (http://www.agirlandherhusky.com)
1. Feeding a dog raw food will make him/her aggressive
Many people believe that once dogs taste blood, that it will make them blood thirsty. This is completely untrue and is only rooted in tall tales and myths. Tasting blood does not make your dog blood thirsty or even make them have a higher prey drive (i.e. if your dog does not chase squirrels or your cat, feeding raw food will not make them start doing so.)
2. Feeding a dog raw food will put them at a higher risk of getting salmonella
Studies have shown that the risk of salmonella is just as high in kibble as it is raw dog food. Feeding raw will not put your dog at a higher risk of getting salmonella or other bad bacteria than a dry kibble bought at the store. Many commercially prepared raw diets have been pasteurized to help kill these bacteria, plus many of the bacteria found in fresh raw meat will die after being frozen for a few weeks.
3. Feeding a dog raw food will put the rest of the family at a risk of getting salmonella
This myth is false for the same reason as the last one. The risk of salmonella is not higher in raw dog food than kibble. Plus, if your dog did eat contaminated or bad meat, the dog would need to either lick on your mouth or lick your food and then you eat it within 30 minutes of the dog eating the meat to pass on the bacteria. This can be avoided by feeding your dog pasteurized meat or meat that has been frozen for a while. Also, always wash your hands after handling raw meat.
4. Feeding a dog raw bones is dangerous
Feeding cooked bones is dangerous because they can splinter. Uncooked bones are soft and do not splinter. However, you do not want to feed weight baring bones because they can be too hard for a dog’s teeth. When feeding a raw diet, the average healthy dog needs 10% of their diet to be bone. Many commercial diets already have the bone and organs ground into their meat to provide a balanced meal.
5. Feeding a dog raw food is very time consuming and difficult
If you feed a commercial, already balanced raw food, all you have to do is place enough meat in your fridge for the next few days and put the meat in your dog’s bowl at meal time. It is not complicated and does not take much time. If you decide to buy your own meat, bone, and organ and balance it yourself it does become a little more complicated. However, many raw feeders spend a few hours on their day off and prepare meals for an entire month. Then they just have to take out the already portioned raw and feed it. Of course, if time is a big concern for you, the premade raw is the way to go. Putting a raw patty into a bowl is just as time consuming as putting a cup of kibble.
6. Feeding a dog raw food is too expensive compared to high quality kibble
This depends on what brand and what protein source you decide to feed. However, if you compare it to a bag of high quality kibble that costs $80-100 for a month for a 50 pound dog ($2.50-3.33 a day), there are several premade raw options that cost a little less to a little more ($2-5 a day.) Of course you can also buy raw that costs much more than kibble, but the owners who go that route say that it is worth it. Many also argue that by feeding raw you are also saving in vet bills in the future since dogs who are fed raw tend to have less health issues. Raw can also help with issues such as allergies, GI tract issues, dental health, and more that could otherwise require a special diet or medication.
Have you ever heard any of these myths or any other myths about raw feeding? Share with us in the comments below!
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