- CRITTER TALK
Dogs didn’t evolve eating processed foods; they evolved eating raw foods. And, according to some dog experts, we’re negatively impacting their health and well-being when we feed them processed kibble 100% of the time. I like to mix it up a bit.
Feeding your pet a BARF diet improves their health, improves their teeth, gums, and breath, strengthens their immune system, improves their coat, reduces or eliminates allergies, and reduces your vet bills because your pets are now getting a more well-rounded diet.
That’s the hype and I’m not certain all of that is true. I can only speak from years of experience as a trainer and dog lover and I know that a diet that consists of a good quality kibble, along with raw meat, fish and poultry, makes for better coats and more vitality. The dogs of course would agree. So hopefully I can answer the most common questions right here.
What raw foods can you feed your pets? Here’s a list, and keep in mind that all meats should be uncooked and 60 to 80% of their raw food diet should consist of raw meat. Remember the operative word here is UNCOOKED meat.
The following foods can be poisonous or create some hazard to your dog:
If you’re interested in starting a raw food diet for your pet, it’s important to know what you should be feeding them, and how much in each category, to ensure that your dog stays healthy and strong. I feed my dogs raw chicken on a regular basis, although I only feed backs, wings, and thighs. I don’t feed chicken legs or breast as the bones in these pieces can be troublesome even if the meat is uncooked.
It is important to care for the chicken prior to feeding as if you were going to eat it yourself, in other words don’t leave it out. Keep it refrigerated or frozen before you feed to your dogs so you don’t risk bacterial contamination such as salmonella. I invariably feed mine the frozen parts because the dogs seem to enjoy the chomping process.
There are any number of great books out there that speak to the raw food, or natural diet. Check them out at Amazon or your local library.
Let us know in the comments section what you feed your dog.