Don’t be fooled by these raw food myths!
The biologically appropriate diet for your pet is a fresh, balanced, raw food diet. Do you already feed your fur baby that? If so, congratulations! According to a survey conducted by Allprovide, only approximately 13% of pet owners feed their dogs the appropriate diet. That isn’t bad, but it can definitely be improved! What is troubling is that 46% of the respondents to the survey had not heard of a raw food diet. There is still a long way to come. Unfortunately, lots of pet owners are not educated on what is appropriate for their pets and this lifestyle is not promoted by the people they confide in. If pet owners found out that lots of their canine problems would be solved by diet, they would be making the switch! Here are some reasons why pet owners are hesitant to switching -
- ‘It is a fad diet’
It is definitely becoming more promoted nowadays, however, it is definitely not a fad diet. In fact, ‘dog food’ was only introduced in the last 100 years. As mentioned before, raw food is the biologically appropriate diet, not dry food. A balanced diet would include protein, fat, vegetables and fruit. Optimally, it would be fresh and organic. This is in contrast to that dry kibble in your pantry that has been sitting there for months…hello preservatives and nasties.
- ‘My dog will get salmonella’
I definitely was concerned about this at first. Just think about it though, stray dogs don’t have access to dry or cooked food but manage to survive. This is because a dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract is immune to the bacteria from salmonella and the high acidity of their stomach prevents illness. What is interesting is that most salmonella recalls are to alert the illness for humans, not dogs. To avoid salmonella, pet owners need to take the same precautions with preparing and feeding a raw food diet to their dog as they would when preparing food for themselves, such as washing utensils properly and washing hands after handling raw food.
- ‘Dogs can’t eat bones’
It is true that dogs cannot eat all bones. Small, thin bones and cooked bones can be a hazard, however, bones are an essential part of your pet’s diet. As well as improving dental health because of natural enzymes, raw meaty bones provide nutrients and minerals from the marrow and cartilage and much needed calcium in your pet’s diet. If you are feeding a boneless diet (ie: freshly cooked diet) you will need calcium as a bone replacement supplement, otherwise there will be nutritional deficiencies and problems in the future.
- My veterinarian doesn’t support this diet.
All vets have a different view on what is appropriate for a pet. Most people, unless they are educated, will trust what their vet says and recommends. Think again. Some courses are funded by the big brands that sell low-grade kibble, which ultimately promote their products against their competitors. I am not trying to scare you from your veterinarian as they do have the best intentions; just do your research and be mindful. I have been to some vets that give me a funny look when I say I feed my dogs raw food, so don’t expect all vets to advocate this lifestyle. Do your research to determine what you believe is best for your pet.
Are there any misconceptions that you have heard? Does a raw food diet scare you? Share your thoughts below for discussion!