With so many different pet foods on the market how do you make the right choice? Ensuring the diet you choose is complete, balanced and safe for you and your pet is the first step!
There are quite a few myths out there regarding pet foods, especially when it comes to raw vs. commercially processed diets.
One common belief is that raw food is more easily digestible, natural and healthier than cooked foods, and thus provides better nutrition to your pet. Currently there is no scientific evidence to support such a claim. In fact the opposite may be true!
Potential health concerns arise when feeding raw meat to your dog or cat. Firstly animals are susceptible to the same bacterial and parasitic infections that people are. Pathogens like salmonella and E coli can be transmitted through raw meat products. This not only poses a risk to your pet but also to yourself and other members of your family. The bacteria can be shed in your dog’s feces and saliva for days following ingestion.
Nutritional concerns can also arise. Some raw food diets can contain excess nutrients like protein which can put stress on the kidneys, or contain inadequate nutrients.
If you wish to feed a homemade diet to your pet please work together with a veterinary nutritionist to ensure the best nutrition for your dog or cat.