The Myths and Facts about Raw Dog Food

Will my pet get Salmonella from Raw Dog Food?

Not if you follow safe food handling in your own home. As common practice you should always follow safe food handling with both your own food as well as your pets. Ensuring you wash your hands and surfaces after preparation. Salmonella can be found in all types of food including store brand dog food that isn’t stored properly, this includes dry and wet popular brands.

You can have the reassurance that at Dougie’s, we take extra measures in production to ensure safe food handling, ensuring any bacteria levels meet safe industry standards.

Your canine has also evolved from a scavenger, with a dog’s stomach being far stronger ours. Their stomach is highly acidic, and their digestive system is short. Meaning their stomach can kill off bacteria far easier than we as humans can if we were to eat raw meat.

Isn’t cooked meat a better option for my pet than raw?

Cooked meat destroys good proteins, fats and minerals and vitamins. Therefore, cooked diets will require supplements for the nutrient loss, however a raw diet is balanced without the need for supplements. This can also be a very costly option with little reward over the nutrients in raw food.

Aren’t there harmful bones in raw dog food?

It is a common misconception to think all bones are bad for your pet. In fact, raw bones are easier and softer to digest in comparison to a cooked bone.

A cooked bone can be a problem, as the cooking process removes all moisture making them hard and brittle when eaten which can result in harmful intestinal blockages. This is where the thought originates that bones are dangerous, when in fact raw bones are much more malleable and grind down well into our food blocks offering nutrients to your pet.

Raw feeding is complicated and costly!

Raw feeding is easier than you may think, it’s a simple case of storing your raw food blocks in the freezer, thawing them when needed and popping in your dog’s bowl to serve!

We sell our dog food in handy blocks meaning minimal preparation required! We recommend you feed your dog in blocks in line with 2-3% of their body weight per day. So, for example a medium sized dog like a Husky, that weighs 22kg, will require around 3 blocks per day for their weight.

Raw feeding also means better health, which in turn means less costly trips to the Vets! Lots of tinned or dry dog foods use cheap ingredients which in turn brings down the cost of purchasing these foods. But you don’t find the beneficial properties in that food of omega fats and antioxidants, which are needed for a healthy active dog.

Will a raw diet make your dog aggressive? 

This is one of the stranger myth’s that is not true, as diet alone cannot change your dog’s behavior!

However as with any animal eating food, when they are enjoying it, they can become a bit territorial not wanting to share! This is completely normal instinct with any food.