Are raw bones dangerous for my dog?
A very common misconception about feeding bones is that they are dangerous or will splinter. Raw bones are actually great for your pet and are completely safe! Raw bones are pliable and are easy to digest in comparison to cooked or dehydrated bones. Cooking and dehydrating bones removes moisture from them which makes them hard, causing them to splinter, and are difficult to digest.
Will I get sick from feeding my dog raw?
Raw feeding is no different than cooking for yourself and family. Standard sanitary habits should be practiced when handling raw meat such as cleaning your area thoroughly after prepping, washing hands, and sanitizing utensils. A great cleaning tool is to use a diluted bleach solution to wash utensils, cutting stations, and anything else raw meat comes into contact with.
Is there a risk of salmonella for me or my dog?
Dogs’ digestive systems are not the same as humans. They digest food more quickly and their stomachs are more acidic making it almost impossible for them to get sick from bacteria. However, we do believe that it is important to wash your hands, counters, and dog dishes after feeding. Your dog’s raw food should also be kept frozen until ready to thaw and serve.
Can I feed both raw and kibble?
We do not advise that you consider feeding raw with kibble. Dry dog food is digested differently and more slowly than raw food. If you feed both raw and kibble together, you are increasing the amount of time that the food stays in the digestive system which may cause loose stools or vomiting. If you want to feed ½ and ½ you must feed one meal raw and one meal kibble, (never at the same time). Next, we also suggest only considering a super premium, all natural dry food containing only human grade ingredients, with NO GRAINS OR CORN. If your dog does experience loose stools or you notice undigested food in their stools we strongly recommend feeding 100% raw.
Will feeding my dog raw meat make them more aggressive?
No, this is a myth! There is no relationship between dog aggression and feeding a raw diet. Dogs are natural hunters, hunting is what they are designed to do. Kibble fed dogs have been known to hunt and kill prey just like those on a raw diet. There are breeds with a higher drive to hunt and kill prey – so some will naturally hunt while others may not. The food you feed your pet is not a determining factor in whether your dog is more aggressive.
Is it normal for my dog to drink less water on a raw diet?
Yes! This is completely expected. On a dry kibble diet, your dog needs to consume significant amounts of water to help digest the food as well as stay hydrated. On a raw diet your pet’s food is naturally about 55-65% moisture and therefore they do not need nearly as much to stay hydrated.