7 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT RAW FEEDING
Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about feeding your dog a raw diet. We take a look at some of these popular myths and set the record straight.
1) Raw food will give my dog worms
In the wild, dogs hunt their prey. They usually go for the weakest animals, often those that are sick or injured. In addition to this they have no problem in eating rotten flesh which has been lying around for days. They will even dig up meat that is buried and eat it. These dogs suffer little or no effects from eating this meat. The first line of defence for the dog is their incredibly strong stomach acids which are potent enough to kill off any parasites. When feeding raw, if you still have concerns then freeze the meat first which will kill off any parasites. Our food comes frozen so this process has already been done for you. If you are buying your raw food from a reputable manufacturer that use human grade meat then there is absolutely no reason why your dog should contract any sort of parasite from a raw diet. ProDog Raw are DEFRA approved and only use premium quality, human grade meat.
2) Raw food will make my dog aggressive or blood thirsty!
Wrong. A raw diet does not make a dog aggressive. On the contrary, it is full of pure, fresh and natural ingredients that will help your dog achieve a more stable temperament. Many products such as kibble and tinned dog foods are full of intensively processed meat, derivatives and additives that should not be part of a dog’s diet. Just because a dog is getting natural meat directly from source, which has not had all the goodness cooked out of it, does not mean they are going to develop a taste for blood or an aggressive nature.
3) The bacteria in raw food is harmful to my dog
A popular myth when it comes to raw food is that it might contain bacteria that is harmful to dogs. Our food is DEFRA approved, manufactured in a clean and healthy environment and we only use premium quality, human grade meat sourced from British, DEFRA approved suppliers. Each batch of food we make is laboratory tested for both Salmonella and E.coli as per DEFRA requirements. As long as you defrost our food properly, store it in a refrigerator and then use up within 72 hours in addition to following proper hygiene process for preparing raw meat, you won’t encounter any problems. Even if your dog were to come into contact with salmonella, the acids in a dog’s stomach (which are strong enough to burn your fingers) would simply kill the vast majority of it off. For more information about bacteria and raw feeding please refer to this useful article.
4) Raw diets are not balanced
ProDog Raw is designed to give a dog everything they need for a nutritionally balanced diet. Our “complete” range consists of 80% meat (incl. 10% bone content unless otherwise stipulated) and 20% vegetables. We also include superfoods and flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and virgin coconut oil. We have options with offal or without dependent on your dog’s requirements. Our “pure” range is a complimentary feed for those dog owners who like to tailor their dog’s diet to their own specific needs. In addition to this we also offer a range of nutritional supplements and dehydrated raw treats.
5) Bone is harmful to dogs
Cooked bone can be harmful if ingested by a dog as it becomes brittle and can splinter. Raw bone however does not splinter like cooked bones do. Raw bone is extremely beneficial to dogs as it aids with digestion, promotes a healthy stool and is also fantastic for fresh breath and strong, clean teeth. Dogs, regardless of size, are built to be able to cope with raw bone and there is far less risk of them choking on bone than there is of them choking on dry food which as a much lower water content. At ProDog Raw the bone that we use in our completes is ground, making it safe and easy for the dog to digest. If you are going to give a dog a bone, it is advisable not to leave them unattended and to follow guides as to the size of bone that you give. Choosing a bone that is the same size as your dog’s head is a good start, you can then reduce in size as you discover what sort of chewer they are.
6) Raw diets are expensive
Most manufacturers of kibble recommend feeding your dog an average of around 250-300g per day for a 20kg (medium-sized-adult) dog. The same dog needs roughly 400g - 450g of raw per day. If you work it out on a cost comparison, a raw diet is actually cheaper. You can see our cost comparison here.
7) Dogs are domesticated and too far removed from wolves
While dogs have been domesticated this only applies to their behaviour and appearance, not their internal anatomy. Although dogs may have become accustomed to a commercial diet of processed food since the 19th century, it doesn’t mean that they no longer have the enzymes necessary to digest raw food. The anatomy and digestive system of a small teacup dog is no different to that of a wild wolf. 150 years of manufactured dog food is not long enough to change the anatomy and physiology of a dog. The only difference now is that they are interbred to produce different breeds and sizes. Once they are removed from a processed diet their body will adapt and engage these enzymes, and your dog’s body will function as it was naturally designed to do.
As long as you stick to the feeding guidelines for ProDog Raw you will only see benefits to your dog’s health. Dogs that are already fed ProDog Raw are full of more vitality, have a more stable temperament, have better teeth and gums, noticeably shiny coats and healthy skin and shed less. A huge benefit to feeding raw is a significantly reduced and hardened stool which for any dog owner is a massive plus. Of course, these are just some of the benefits, for a more comprehensive list, you should refer to this information. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health and whether you should feed them raw, speak to your vet first.