|Barked: Tue Feb 26, '13 12:12pm PST |
|Like Conker said, there's no reason to cook the ground meat. While ground meat isn't an ideal food item it is often inexpensive which can elevate it to almost ideal pretty quickly! Just make sure your edible bone content is coming from somewhere and make sure you're still feeding RMBs often enough for the "workout meals". (This would be true given any diet, even kibble!) That said, if you want to introduce a cooked element for whatever reason, go ahead and feed it in conjunction with whatever you want. As long as your 'big picture' diet is satisfactory you don't need to worry about the components of each meal so much.
There are many raw feeders who have gotten the idea that feeding cooked food and raw food together can and does lead to disastrous situations in most cases, which IMO has been grossly blown out of proportion given the cycle of information regurgitation on the internet. Some dogs do seem to have a problem with it, this is more of a sign of a dog who's system is compromised, not the practice itself. Obviously if it's problematic in the individual you'll need to make adjustments.
We humans can indeed eat raw and "undercooked" meat without becoming violently ill. I, personally, eat steak that's practically raw on the inside frequently, and I eat thick cut pork chops that are still juicy and verging on rare in the middle. I have eaten completely raw beef and game meat and am here to tell the tale, and have never gotten sick or infected anyone else. I have had food poisoning once, something I NEVER want to repeat. It was from commercially prepared and jarred spaghetti sauce! Many cultures world over eat raw meat both currently and historically. While the chances of getting sick from meat handled in large conventional facilities is higher due to contamination from stomach matter and unnatural bacterial loads coming from the raising/processing of animals 'finished' in CAFOs and slaughtered in ill-maintained facilities, it's still not a death sentence to eat it undercooked, despite what the USDA might tell you to cover their own butts from a liability standpoint.
Kibble actually has a HIGH bacterial load, and statistically the potential from getting sick from kibble is much higher than from raw meat, whether mixed with something or on its own. Kibble might have a low bacterial load coming right off the production line, but all the preservatives in the world aren't enough to mean it stays that way. (For that matter so does raw meat.)
I balk at the use of the term "we" when individuals are giving advice on feeding (raw or not, or a combo), as it really is an individual practice, which can be tailored in many ways. Each dog is an individual, as is each family. I, personally, have a very rigid idea of what an acceptable raw diet is, and would only feed my dogs a certain way. Incidentally my views are in-line with the more militant raw feeders that many of us have been exposed to in some high-profile online groups. This does not mean that I think that everyone absolutely has to feed this way or be branded with not caring about their dog's nutritional needs.
Dogs are adaptable creatures and I really truly believe that there are plenty of ways to deliver an more-than adequate diet that does not follow the model set forth in many models popular among a "my way or the highway" set of personalities present in our larger community raw feeders active online. The first and most important step is moving away from highly processed commercial foods, and including lots of "real food", cooked or raw. A lot of these 'truths' about not mixing cooked/raw and the like have scientific facts that can back them up, but these facts are picked and chosen for the effect of supporting an theory more than actual relevance.
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