Whats in the food?
For our premixed food (fresh and frozen) we do chicken or turkey based, hormone, antibiotic free(organic available too) . We add a percentage of beef because dogs need beef protein but don’t tolerate it well unless they are working or super high active dogs. People think raw diet is slapping beef in a bowl and it’s not.
We add fruit/veggies/fish and suppliments and oils.
The supermix is premixed as above with more meat/fat/bones & with extra suppliments and oils for high energy dogs. It comes in 2 lb containers only
My vet says organisms like botulism, salmonella and E.coli in the raw meat could kill my dog. Is this true?
Commercial dog food has been around for less than a century. Unlike humans, dogs have been eating raw food for millennia. A dog’s short, acidic digestive system is designed to consume raw meat without absorbing harmful bacteria. Think about it. Dogs lick their butts, eat garbage and drink from puddles. If that’s not making them sick, the BARF diet won’t either. Raw food may contain bacteria, though. Ensure you wash your hands with soap and water after handling your dog’s raw food, just as you would after handling the chicken for your own dinner.
My vet says they’ve seen dogs die on the raw diet. Is this true?
You can kill a dog on any food. Dogs die today from cancer, heart disease, thyroid problems, diabetes and obesity caused by commercial dog foods. They also suffer from commercial diet-related ailments like hip problems, allergies, infections, immune problems and ear infections. When you choose the BARF diet, your dog will live a longer, healthier life. Just remember to follow the guidelines and use the supplements. Doing raw yourself without research can make them sick, sure. There are definitely percentages, portions and protein requirements for raw diets.
Why doesn’t my vet recommend the raw diet? My dog is thriving on it.
Mostly ignorance. Veterinarians received all of their nutritional training from the commercial dog food manufacturers. Until recently, there were no experts to teach about the raw diet. That’s changing. Ask around. More vets are investigating the BARF diet. In some isolated cases, it’s not ignorance – it’s greed. Some vets realize that the raw diet will virtually put them out of business. They make money when your dog gets sick.
My vet says that dogs fed the raw diet will hunt down and eat cats and other small animals. Surely this isn’t true!
Of course not. It’s not the taste of raw meat that makes some dogs chase animals; it’s the hunt. They don’t chase a bowl of food.
My vet says if my dog eats raw and then kisses me, I can can get salmonella
I suppose anything is possible but remember when you grew up and people said “let the dog lick your cut/scrape”? The antibacterial properties in their mouths that allow them to eat poop applies. I have yet to see a report from a vet showing this to be true.