It does not have to be! The wonderful thing about raw fooding is that you can make it work for you and your lifestyle, preparing as much or as little raw food as you see fit or need for your pack. Supplementing your home-prepared ingredients with packaged (pre-made) raw foods is an option many people take. At Raw Food for Pets, we offer Doggobone, Simply Pets, Dogmatters and Raw Love Pet pre-made meals that makes this easy, with raw food formats to suit all needs, ranging from pure meat portions and minces to complete and balanced meals. This means that, whether you want to prepare fruits and vegetables yourself to add to raw meat, or simply open a pre-prepared pack of complete raw food, you can rest assured that your pet is getting a top-quality raw food diet via us, delivered across Gauteng daily. Our raw and natural treat selection is another uncomplicated way of introducing your pet to a raw and natural diet packed with nutritional benefits.
Day: October 14, 2019
Societies pathological fear of the unknown. Indeed, another myth, in our opinion, that has been perpetuated by McKibble and McCan to discourage pet parents from fooding real food. Firstly, our pet parents, guardians and slaves must understand that the risk in fooding a raw diet is not as simple as being touted by the “anti-raw” movement. ALL foods have some degree of risk, so the question isn’t whether risk exists. The question is whether the risk is unacceptable. The reality is that ALL foods carry some type of risk, from the meal out of a 5-star restaurant kitchen, to the hotdog from the roadside stall, to the chicken and eggs you buy from your favourite retail outlet. Secondly, canines and felines are not humans. They have a disparate digestive tract and process. For example, we can eat all the onion we want without harm, but some dogs can get anaemic from a single, small portion of them. We can eat many slabs of chocolate and merely get fat or nauseous, while dogs can die from even a lesser amount. We can get extremely sick from raw meat, while our pets thrive on it as their natural diet. Again, they are not human.
In our opinion, this myth has been perpetuated by McKibble and McCan to discourage pet parents from fooding real food. It is true that just feeding a juicy steak won’t provide all the nutrients needed to thrive, but this is not what we provide and advocate. Fooding real food requires a variety of proteins and meals to provide all the vitamins and minerals needed for optimum nutrition. Meals can also be formulated using real food to meet the minimum requirements defined through the National Research Councils (NRC) nutritional profiles for canine and feline all life stages. There are no nutrients in processed food that your dog (or cat) cannot get from natural, whole foods. What’s more, the additives and fillers in commercial pet feed offer little nutritional benefit to your pet and are often used as a means of bulking feed out. This means that your dog may be filling up on feed that isn’t as nutritionally abundant as natural, raw foods.
In our opinion, the presence of worms is not just related to raw food, but many other life events. It is an unfortunate reality of life, worms can invade your dog’s (or cat) body when they smell, drink, lick, and ingest dirt, rotten meat, trash and even poop. If your dog play around in the backyard or walks around where other dogs can defecate, you might not even notice how they pick up unseen worm eggs or larvae. Dogs can also pass worms to other dogs, and even humans, simply through normal socialization.
In our opinion, we agree that not all bones are suitable for dogs. Small, fine bones that may splinter and cooked (or dried) bones that are brittle can pose a danger to your dog’s health. Contrary to believe, raw bones are very safe for your dog’s consumption. They are easier for your dog to chew and digest, unlike cooked or dried bones, or rawhides, which can be a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage. It is important to remember if you are fooding your dog a raw bone it should be the appropriate size for your pet. Don’t feed a large dog bones that are too small, or a smaller dog a bone that is too large. However, any proponent of raw fooding will tell you that bones of those types aren’t included in a raw meat diet for dogs. Wild dogs and wolves gnaw on raw bones to get essential calcium and to help to keep their teeth clean and strong. Providing that you choose “safe” bones and prepare them correctly to match your dog’s size and life stage, they make up an essential, healthy, highly palatable addition to your dog’s diet.