|Barked: Thu Nov 8, '12 9:33am PST |
|Hi there. I have 2 small children also!
if anyone thinks or has an opinion about raw food bringing out a bigger prey drive in dogs? It may sound silly as i have said before but im curious what others think?
No. This is a common myth, similar to the "the taste of meat makes them bloodthirsty!" thing... dogs are not going to connect a chicken thigh being pulled from the fridge to a live prey animal running around out in the yard. Even dogs that eat whole, fur-on prey don't seem to suddenly start chasing and killing things. The generalization just isn't there.
And is raw meat not bad for dogs? as it is for humans?
Dogs and humans have a different anatomy. Dogs were made to process raw meat with a short digestive tract, unlike humans with their very looooong digestive tract. Dogs also have things like lysozyme and other antibacterial enzymes in their saliva, humans do not. Stuff like that. Fresh, raw meat is the most species-appropriate thing a dog can eat.
Is there any risk or does everyone do this? Thanks for your help and opinions.
As with anything, precautions should be taken to reduce any issues. For example, feeding bones of an appropriate size to your dog's size and ability, handling meat safely (wash your hands, etc -- just like you handle any meat you prepare for yourself), and keeping your dog's feeding area clean. Some people prefer to feed their dogs in the yard, garage, basement -- these are places I feed my pets their raw meals because well, I don't have to wipe anything up in the yard, and when they are in the basement or garage they are secluded and removed from main areas. My dogs have been eating raw as either their complete full diet or as a part of their diet for almost 6 years.
I hope this helps. If you're looking for specific ideas on specific teeth-cleaning bones to feed, I'm sure everyone can offer suggestions.
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