Many dog owners are choosing to move away from commercial pet food and create their own raw meals for their pets. If you’re considering going raw with your canine’s meals, then you may be wondering what the truth is behind feeding raw. Take a look at these myths about the raw dog food diet.
Raw Diets aren’t Balanced
When done correctly the raw dog food diet is perfectly balanced for your hound. However, it is important to make sure that you feed your dog a range of meats, as well as organs and raw meaty bones. The diet should be made up of 80% raw meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ meat (half of which should be liver). This gives your dog everything they need from their diet.
Feeding Raw Meat to Dogs makes them Bloodthirsty
There are rumors that dogs fed on raw meat become aggressive and bloodthirsty, but this simply isn’t the case. Raw fed dogs don’t suddenly develop a taste for blood and won’t begin chasing children and animals to get a taste! In fact you are more likely to see your dog become better behaved as he or she will have much more balanced energy levels due to consuming less carbohydrates.
The Raw Dog Food Diet is Expensive and Inconvenient
While it is true that feeding your dog raw food is less convenient than simply opening a bag of kibble or a can of wet dog food, it isn’t time consuming or difficult. There are many places that you can buy pre-packaged raw dog food, or buy minces, bones and organ meat in bulk. Simply store them in the refrigerator or freezer, and give them to your dogs at their regular meal time.
Bones are Dangerous for Dogs to Eat
Certain bones aren’t safe for dogs to eat. Cooked bones are a no-no when it comes to your dog’s diet as they splinter in the stomach and can hurt your dog’s stomach and intestines by causing lacerations. It is also best to avoid feeding any weight-bearing bones such as the femur to your dog. These are too dense for your dog and could result in cracked teeth. Instead choose non weight-bearing bones which are softer and hollow. No matter what type of bones you give your dog make sure you supervise them at all times when they are eating them.