Is Raw Feeding Right For Your Pet?
Raw pet food is getting more and more popular with pet owners, it has of course faced some criticism but there are a lot of people who swear by it for their cats and dogs.
With this guide, you will be able to take a deeper dive into the world of raw feeding for pets and can decide whether it’s for you, whether it’s not, or whether it’s something that you’d like to look into a bit deeper.
What Is Raw Feeding?
Raw feeding is when you feed your pets a diet of raw meats and bones, similar to what their ancestors eat, there are several diet models such as the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (B.A.R.F) diet and the Prey Model Diet.
These diets seek to mimic what a pet’s wild counterpart would live off of, which many believe in turn gets our pets in touch with their wilder, truer selves.
Diets usually consist of red and white meat, bones and offals, occasionally with the implementation of eggs, vegetables, and superfoods. Diets are typically carefully balanced and often pre-prepped by companies who specialise in raw pet food services,
What Are The Benefits
There are a number of proven benefits to raw feeding. It is great for their skin and coats as well as their digestive system as they don’t have to break down processed foods.
Once moving to raw diets owners tend to find their pet’s stool is smaller and more compact which is another benefit of the healthier digestion of more wholesome food.
Not only that, it can be fantastic for dental hygiene too, particularly in dogs with the implementation of bones into the diet it gives their teeth a great workout, keeping them clean and healthy and keeps their breath fresh.
On top of this many raw feeders believe that it is good for pets’ mental wellbeing, getting them more in touch with their wild side which helps reduce anxiety.
Does It Work?
It certainly can. High-performance working and competition dogs such as racing greyhounds and sledding huskies live mostly off of a raw diet.
If done correctly it can unquestionably have a positive effect on your pet’s energy levels and overall health.
The emphasis there on it being done correctly. Before moving towards raw feeding it is key to do your research and consult with as many experts as possible. If you are planning to D.I.Y you need to make sure nutritional balances are spot-on. There are many resources and communities online that will be happy to help with this.
Is It Dangerous For My Pet?
It absolutely can be, yes. But usually not due to the act of raw feeding itself. Getting the nutritional balance wrong can make your pets incredibly unwell.
Most vets will suggest sticking to pre-made meals like kibble as all the nutrients pumped in are balanced and there is a level of assurance in regard to nutritional health.
As well as this, some pets -especially those who have lived off of processed meals all their lives – will not take to raw feeding due to their digestive systems not being acclimated to raw meats.
There is also the risk of E. coli and Salmonella for the owner while raw feeding which must be considered by those looking to make the switch.
All of these dangers can be addressed by thorough, passionate pet owners. Thousands already safely raw feed and if you ensure all the right measures are taken, it can be a great opportunity to improve your pet’s quality of life.