I feed my dog a diet of grain free kibble and its canned version which contains a variety of vegetables. However, the other day I thought to myself, what if one day my dog was suddenly able to talk and began demanding that I feed her something different. What would she ask for? Well, my dog would probably ask for a hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes, and ketchup with a side of heavy whipping cream. But if she were also gifted with the skills of a dog food scientist, and understood that certain foods would be more beneficial to her body, she would probably ask for something else.
What about you? What would your kiddo prefer to nosh on when hunger pangs hit?
Well, all we can do is guess when it comes to their wants, but we can supply what they need much easier. One of the things that seem to be at the top of the list of nutritional heroes, is the raw dog food diet. You can buy it freeze dried, frozen in kibble form, or you can make it from scratch.
There is a lot of information out there about feeding your kiddos a raw food diet. Here are some facts to help with the transition from a cooked food diet to a raw one.
#2. What's in it?
- Muscle meat, often still on the bone
- Bones, either whole or ground
- Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
- Raw eggs
- Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery
- Apples or other fruit
- Some dairy, such as yogurt
- Threats to human and dog health from bacteria in raw meat
- An unbalanced diet that may damage the health of dogs if given for an extended period
- Potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth or cause an internal puncture
Use stainless steel bowls and utensils, and wash them with hot soapy water after each use.
“Wash your “hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after handling raw food.” (Video Instructions)
Run “cutting boards and utensils through the dishwasher or wash them in hot soapy water after each use.”
Keep “counter tops clean and free of bacteria by wiping them down with a disposable disinfectant wipe.”