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Pets Raw Feeding Myths & Truths Explained

Pets Raw Feeding Myths & Truths Explained

It's time we dispel some of our pets' raw feeding myths.

As raw diets become more popular, more information about them comes up. Unfortunately, not all of this information is correct.

Misconceptions about raw diets are spread by fellow pet parents, pet food companies, and sometimes even veterinarians.

That's why, we always encourage pet parents to research on their own and know the source of information to reveal if there are any hidden agendas behind. Or if it is biased, or just untrue.

So here we go...

Myth #1 - Feeding raw meaty bones is dangerous.

Truth - There are many benefits to feeding Raw bones. It strengthens a dog’s and a cat’s teeth, helps fight gum disease, and can prevent tartar and plaque along with bad breath. Plus, our pet’s digestive system is able to easily break down raw bones.

Smoked or cooked bones are a different story. They are at risk for splintering and flaking and can perforate the digestive tract. And this can lead to intestinal impaction, tooth breakage, and possible choking.

So never feed your pet cooked bones.

Also, anything else carrying the name “bone” because of its shape is generally not to be served. Chances are it is either made of grain, chemically treated hides, or synthetics (which should never be eaten).

This pets' raw feeding myth is largely a common sense issue. The fact is it can be done safely, but you have to know what works for your pet.

What if they gobble down big chunks of raw bone that could very well get stuck? Problems arise when pet owners offer the wrong type and size of raw meaty bones to the wrong type or size of dogs or cats.

It's important to match the type of raw bone with your pet's size and chewing habits.

And know that feeding raw bones is actually beneficial. You just need to know your pet and monitor accordingly. Not sure which Raw bone is appropriate for your pet? Just WhatsApp us. We'll help you out.

Myth #2 - Raw meat contains harmful bacteria. So there's a risk of Toxoplasmosis, E.coli, and Salmonella.

Truth - Dogs and cats are not people. They have a much shorter digestive tract than we do and they process the foods they eat very differently.

While we humans can get very sick from eating raw meat, for our cats and dogs, it's a raw feeding myth.

Our pets remain unaffected because it is such an important part of their natural, ancestral diet. Our pets can digest foods much faster than humans do, i.e. long before harmful bacteria multiplies and cause problems.

In addition, carnivores have a very high level of acidity in their digestive tracts. This acidity (which allows them to process the nutrients in raw meats and bones) is also hostile to bacteria.

We’ve all seen pets eat rubbish like rotten foods and decaying carcasses etc. without any ill effects. This is because carnivores have adapted to eating a diet that suits their particular biological makeup.

Plus, the handling and hygiene practices of your pet's raw meat should be like any other meat. Also, your pet’s dishes and eating area should be thoroughly cleaned after each meal.

While many people quote it under a dog or cat's raw feeding myths, it is important to note that there have been hundreds, or even thousands of dog food recalls from the commercial producers of dry and canned dog food due to bacterial contamination as well.

But not even one report of dogs or humans being harmed due to the bacteria coming from raw food for dogs.

Furthermore, the use of bacteriophages in manufacturing some of Furchild Meals allows for a safe, holistic, and effective way to kill pathogenic (bad) bacteria without killing the beneficial bacteria present in foods or food processing environments.

Moreover, we use three specific phages to target salmonella, listeria, and E. coli and all of their harmful strains.

Myth #3 - Dogs and cats should not eat human food.

Truth - Our grandparents and great grandparents fed their pets with raw scraps.

Yes, it's actually one of those often neglected pets' raw feeding truths.

Our grandparents and great-grandparents fed their pets with raw scraps from their own meals. Because, at that time, there was no such thing as bagged kibble and canned pet food.

However, pets should NEVER eat cooked bones from leftover meals from their human companions. Dogs and cats are carnivores and have the jaw structure to rip, tear and swallow prey animals, but they are not designed for cooked bones.

They do not have flat molars like humans, meant for chewing things like grains and whole vegetables.

In fact, they have no need for a human-like diet, rich in carbohydrates and grains. Their digestive tracts are short and manufacture very harsh gastric juices meant to digest whole raw meat and bone and move it through their system very quickly.

So in reality, feeding your pet our raw food is not feeding them human food per se, but in fact, feeding them a species-appropriate diet close to what they would get when eating a prey animal.

Myth #4 - Raw meat will make my dog wild and vicious.

Truth – Your dog will NOT become wild or more aggressive just because they consume a raw diet.

Instead, the balanced nutritional content of raw food can only have positive effects on the dog’s cognitive functions.

And moreover, commercial dog food can contribute in the long term to the development of digestive problems and can affect brain chemistry, which in turn can lead to behavior problems.

Also, because dogs are able to digest and pass raw food more easily than commercial pet food, they are better able to handle stress and be more responsive to commands.

You will notice with proper, high-quality nutrition your pet will be more lively, especially if your dog is bloated and lethargic after meals.

Myth #5 - My vet is against raw feeding.

Truth – According to many vets, the focus in their studies is NOT on nutrition but on how to ‘fix’ pets' health problems.

A conventional veterinary school does not focus on nutrition; it focuses on medicine. It's similar to medical school for MDs in that way. That is why the study of nutrition often involves a completely separate field of study.

Often veterinary training offers as little as one to a few weeks of nutrition study. That's it. And if everything that we needed to know about nutrition could be learned in a week, we’d all be healthier.

The classes are also, more often than not, sponsored by one of the major veterinary food companies. So the information being taught is sometimes biased or taught with an agenda.

One large company that manufactures a very popular kibble brand, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, funding university research and nutrition courses at every one of the 27 US veterinary colleges.

Once in practice, vets who sell these brands of processed pet foods and other 'premium' foods directly pocket profits of as much as 40%. Thankfully, forward-thinking vets do exist and there are those as well, who do endorse a balanced raw diet.

These vets have decided to think outside the box, do their own research, and bring out pets' raw feeding facts to the world.

And if you'd want to learn more about the hidden truths of dry and canned pet foods, look up Comparing Types of Pet Foods.

Myth #6 - I should only feed my dog or cat one type of protein.

Truth – Variety is the spice of life and the heart and soul of a good raw diet.

Each protein has different vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. Limiting proteins without a sound knowledge of how to balance a meal can lead to long-term nutritional deficiencies.

If possible, we suggest on average feeding 4 different proteins per month for a good balance.

And if you need help, just WhatsApp us and our team of pet food advisors would be more than happy to assist you with personalised recommendations for your pets.

Myth #7 - Domesticated pets are different from wild dogs and cats so they cannot tolerate raw food.

Truth – There is very little difference, if any, between a domesticated dog and cat’s digestive system and tht of a wild dog and wildcat.

Simply, just think of your beloved pet as a trained wild dog or cat. Raw food diets have all the nutrients your pets need to remain physically fit, energised, and disease-resistant. Learn more at Why Raw? The Ancestral Diet of Dogs and Cats.

Myth #8 - Dogs and cats have adapted to eating cooked food as a result of their long domestication.

Truth – There is a long list of diseases and illnesses strongly associated with food cooked at high temperatures.

And this is evidence of the fact that they have not adapted to cooked food. Skin diseases, periodontal disease, cancers, obesity, and diabetes have been found to be caused by commercially prepared processed foods.

If dogs and cats did adapt, as pet food manufacturers would have us believe, then their bodies would have been more able to resist disease-causing substances in their food.

In fact, did you know that the highly processed kibble food only came out in the market about 100 years ago?

In evolutionary terms, that is just a microscopic measure compared to the thousands of years that it took dogs and cats to evolve to where they are today, starting from the wild where they first lived and survived.

Dogs and cats certainly didn’t feed on kibbles or cooked foods before they started to live with humans. You can learn more about this at Comparing Types of Pet Foods.

Myth #9 - Raw diets are expensive and inconvenient.

Truth – Commercial processed pet food is a convenient way to fill your dog and cat with toxic substances that can make them ill, reduce their quality of their life, and possibly shorten their life span.

Indeed, it's convenient in the short term, no doubt. But if the pet that depends on you for survival and care is being fed commercial pet food for nutrition, you are letting your four-legged family member down.

However, you don’t have to trade your own convenience by compromising your pet’s health. Furchild offers products and services that combine convenience, simplicity, and quality from a reliable and trusted source. Give your pet only the best!

Myth #10 - Feeding raw is unnecessary. There are plenty of high-quality commercial pet foods on the market today.

Truth – Even high-quality, premium, top brands of commerical kibble and canned pet foods are still processed.

The food has been cooked, stripped of its natural goodness, and contains additives, fillers, artificial vitamins, minerals, and other mysterious ingredients.

They are still pale beside fresh raw meat and bones. And your pet is still exposed to the dangers posed by artificial ingredients and nutrients.

Any processing necessarily lessens the food’s quality and value. Processed pet food is not natural and therefore has no place in your dog's or cat’s diet.

High-quality, premium, top brand – they all are saying that their product is supposedly better than feeding cheaper alternatives. While the most expensive pet food can deliver on its promises, there are still other important issues to consider. Learn more about this at Raw vs. Dry & Canned Pet Foods.

If you find that you have more questions about feeding raw, read through our website pages. They contain a lot of valuable insights and would be very informative.

And if you're considering switching your pet to Furchild meals, you can take advantage of our Starter Kit for new customers.

Once you switch your pet to Furchild meals, you won't go back to processed foods!

Jan 2018

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