FAQ - HOW TO CONQUER RAW PETFOOD FOR DOGS
- Aren’t bones dangerous?
- What about the danger from bacteria in the raw meat?
- Will feeding my dog raw meaty bones make him aggressive?
- Is it enough to feed my dog on raw meaty bones?
- Are raw meat diets for dogs balanced?
- Where do I feed my dog?
- When should I feed my dog?
- What about hydatids and sheep measles?
- Is feeding a raw diet expensive?
- Can I feed my dog table scraps?
- Are there some things I should avoid feeding my dog?
AREN’T BONES DANGEROUS?
Dogs & Cats have carnivores jaws and are designed to chew, crush and digest RAW meaty bones.
COOKED bones can be very dangerous as they are brittle and can splinter. Never feed cooked bones to your dog or cat. Many dogs get constipated from cooked bones, or have a splinter of brittle cooked bone perforate the stomach or gut.
Choose raw meaty bones appropriate for the size of your dog to avoid him gulping them in one piece. Dogs need to rip tear and chew to get the full benefit of their raw meaty bones diet.
Avoid weight bearing bones - legs - which are harder than teeth and can crack or break your dogs teeth.
Go for soft digestible bone - all chicken bones, fish bones, brisket, ribs, neck, tails.
WHAT ABOUT THE DANGER FROM BACTERIA IN THE RAW MEAT?
Dogs & Cats are designed to eat a raw diet, they have a very acidic stomach which does not allow harmful bacteria to thrive, and a short gut transit time giving the harmful bacteria no time to colonise. A grain fed dog has a less acidic stomach allowing the harmful bacteria to thrive, and a sluggish transit time as the carbohydrates ferment and allow time for harmful bacteria to colonise. A grain fed dog given occasional bones is more likely to run into trouble.
If you change your dog to a raw meat diet then stay raw to keep their digestion efficient.
Take your normal precautions when handling meat in your own kitchen. Clean all utensils and surfaces with warm soapy water and always wash your hands after handling raw meat.
Salmonella, E-coli, and campylobacter are more likely to be a problem if your pet gains access to a carcus which has been allowed to 'ripen'. Dogs presenting with salmonella or campylobacter are likely to have got into a rubbish bin and eaten last night's cooked chicken!
WILL FEEDING MY DOG RAW MEATY BONES MAKE HIM AGGRESSIVE?
Most sheep dogs are fed on lamb brisket but co-exist peacefully with the herd of sheep. Often a raw fed dog is calmer and more relaxed as he is not consuming additives, flavourings and food colours.
A raw fed dog will take more interest in his food and may initially guard his food more as it really is worth guarding!
If you have more than one dog they may need to be fed separately.
Children should not be allowed near any dog when they are eating.
IS IT ENOUGH TO FEED MY DOG ON RAW MEATY BONES?
Your dog needs raw meaty bones, organ meats, and a supply of pre digested vegetable matter (green tripe).
The PuppyLove Range covers all of these. Dogs obtain their glucose requirement from protein and fat.
ARE RAW MEAT DIETS BALANCED?
MEAT only diets are not balanced. Your dog needs raw meaty bones, organ meats, green tripe & plant matter. Bones are an incredibly rich source of nutrients. For a full discussion of the nutrient content of a raw diet see 'The carnivore connection to Cat nutrition, Appendix 1' Balance is achieved over time. The concept of a complete and balanced diet at every meal is an artificial concept perpetuated by the petfood manufacturers. We balance our own intake over time, even eating seasonally.
WHERE DO I FEED MY DOG?
Outside is ideal if you can, most natural for him. Or in the corner of the kitchen/garage/laundry, in the bathroom, in a crate (especially useful if more than one dog). Train your dog to eat on a towel or drop sheet and you can feed him anywhere.
WHEN SHOULD I FEED MY DOG?
Feeding your dog must fit in with your routine, find a time that suits you, and your dog will be more than happy.
Ideally a dog will eat twice a day (it's a long time for a scavenging carnivore to wait if only once).
WHAT ABOUT HYDATIDS AND SHEEP MEASLES?
Historically dogs became infected with hydatids tapeworm by eating / scavenging on sheep carcus found dead in the paddock / farm killed, NOT by eating raw meaty bones from the butcher - meat passed for human consumption poses no threat. NZ is now a hydatids free country, but because of the risk of reintroduction from imported live animals MAF has maintained controls. The PuppyLove range has all been frozen before feeding to dogs and cats.
Sheep measles are not a human health risk but are viewed as a quality defect in the meat. All sheep and goat meat should be frozen at -10 degrees or colder for at least 10 days before feeding it to your dogs. Your domestic freezer is easily this cold.
IS FEEDING A RAW DIET EXPENSIVE?
Feeding a raw meaty bones diet will save you money. Raw meaty bones is an insurance against ill health. The cost equation needs to take into account the cost per day to feed and the reduction in veterinary fees.
The PuppyLove range is clean, wild and organic - no steroids, hormones, anti-biotics, additives, preservatives, flavourings or food colourings.
CAN I FEED MY DOG TABLE SCRAPS?
Table scraps used to be an important source of food for our dogs. Wild carnivores eat small amounts of omnivore food, part digested, when they eat the intestines of their smaller prey. Our table scraps count as omnivore food.
Table scraps can provide important nutrition for your dog but read the FAQ below on what to avoid.
ARE THERE THINGS I SHOULD AVOID FEEDING MY DOG?
YOU'RE DOG SHOULD DEFINITELY AVOID THE FOLLOWING:
- Highly processed food (eg chicken nuggets, pizza, McDonalds etc)
- Excessive meat off the bone - not balanced
- Cooked bone - is brittle and will cause problems
- Small pieces of bone - can be gulped whole and cause a problem
- Starchy food like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, sugary foods
- Onions, Leeks, Garlic in excess can be toxic
- Fruit stones & corn cobs can get stuck
- Chocolate can be toxic
- Grapes and raisins
- Alcohol, coffee, tea, caffeine, xylitol sweetener
- Mineral & vitamin supplements can cause imbalance unless given under veterinary guidance