|Barked: Mon Feb 25, '13 8:57am PST |
|Here's an honest-to-goodness NEGATIVE to raw feeding.
1.) It is messy. Having dry kibble roll on the kitchen floor is tidier than have a piece of raw chicken roll on the kitchen floor. And dogs don't "hold" their kibbles whereas they may hold on to a meaty bone with their paws while they tear chunks out of it. And, of course, scooping up dry kibble and pouring it into their bowls is tidier than prepping meat.
2.) It requires an attentive and knowledgeable paw-rent. With kibble, you can give the dog food company the job of figuring out how to balance protein, fat, carbs, vitamins and minerals, etc. In raw feeding, you have to do that all on your own. For us raw feeders, we count this as a positive as we trust our own judgement on how much of what to feed the dog instead of trusting the kibble company not knowing what goes into the food. But, if you are clueless about dog nutrition, you are better off getting Blue Wilderness dry kibble than going raw because you could end up killing your dog.
3.) It is time-consuming. Kibble - go to the store, pick up a bag of kibble, scoop and feed, clean up the bowls. Done. Raw - go to the store (may be multiple stores for the protein variety necessary), prep the meat, clean-up prep area, store it in the freezer, defrost, put in the bowl/towel/floor, clean up. It is time-consuming.
4.) Bacteria. I don't see a difference in the bacteria-risk for dogs in kibble versus raw. But, handling raw meat exposes the human to the bacteria more than scooping kibble that doesn't even touch prep tables. So, attention to good cleanliness practice is required.
5.) Poopology. In kibble-fed dogs, you can get away with only knowing wet poop or dry poop. In raw-fed dogs, you kinda need to be somewhat of an expert in poopology because you adjust the food ingredients yourself and poop is the main indicator of what adjustments you need to do with the dog food.
6.) Dogs get hungry faster. This only matters when first transitioning out of kibble into raw as dogs are used to the longer digestion rates of kibble going into raw makes it seem like your dog is always starving and they beg and beg and beg and beg for food... Once they're well transitioned, this problem is alleviated.
If I think of some more, I'll post it here.
If you notice, I did not put cost as a negative. If you're spending less on kibble than what raw feeders spend on their raw-fed dog, you are giving your dog a poor quality kibble and should quit giving that to your dog. Or if you are spending more on raw feeding than on a quality kibble, then you can research more meat sources.
Of course, as I still feed raw, all these negatives is not enough to overshadow the positives.
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