If you have recently brought home a new bundle of fluff you may be wondering whether it’s safe to feed your puppy a raw diet. Read on to learn more.
If you’ve recently brought a puppy home to join your family, you may be wondering whether you should stick to regular branded dog food for your new furry companion or whether raw food could be a better solution. Here, we take a closer look at why you may want to consider a raw diet for your puppy and how to get started with this way of feeding so you can be well-informed.
Why Raw Feed A Puppy?
Dogs have a digestive system that has been designed to process bones and meat. Although, these days, they can process other types of food too, the raw diet is the best way to give your puppy the right diet for a carnivore. A dog has strong stomach acid, a short digestive tract and powerful jaws that have been created to process natural raw foods, and indeed, these foods offer the best way to ensure your pup gets all the nutrients that he needs. However, it’s important to make certain that you feed your pet safely if you opt for a raw food diet.
How Can I Safely Feed My Puppy Raw Food?
Taking good care of your puppy is vital, and part of caring for your new four-legged friend involves feeding your pet safely. If you opt for a raw diet, the primary rule is to ensure that the meat you feed your puppy is fresh. When an animal dies, its flesh rapidly starts decaying. This causes the pathogens in the meat to naturally increase with time. It’s therefore important to refrigerate fresh meat below 4 degrees Celsius then use it in a few days or put it in the freezer immediately after buying it. Puppies are especially vulnerable to pathogens, so you need to ensure they eat meat that is as fresh as that you would eat yourself.
Store And Handle Raw Meat Properly
When you handle raw meat, and particularly raw chicken, you are taking a risk yourself. Raw meat is often contaminated with bacteria but you can reduce the risk to your health by always storing raw eat in a covered container, away from other foods you would eat raw, using a dedicated cutting board and knife for raw meats and protecting your hands with disposable gloves while handling meat. You should also thoroughly wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds after touching raw meat.
Caring For Your Puppy’s Teeth
Bones can help to clean your puppy’s teeth but they can also damage then. You should never give your puppy weight bearing bones from large animals like cows. Instead, choose bones that are from an animal that your pet would be able to catch and eat themselves and choose bones which don’t support the weight of the animal – ribs could be a good choice.
Choose A Variety Of Meat
Every puppy needs the right nutrients to stay healthy and boost their growth. You can achieve this by giving your new pet a variety of meats and other wholefoods. Eggs, oily fish, green tripe, beef and lamb ribs, white fish, pigs’ trotters, chick feet, wings, necks and backs, and organ meat are all great raw foods for puppies.
When you take care to give your puppy a well-balanced raw diet, you can be confident that you’re giving your new furry friend the best start in life.