Raw or kibble… seems to be a highly debated and thought about subject more and more every day.
While there are certain benefits to both RAW and kibble, how do you know which one is right for both you and your pet?
Today, let’s go over some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about RAW pet food.
Q. Is feeding RAW more expensive than kibble?
A. The answer to this is touchy. Feeding a good RAW diet is comparable to the pricing of a high-quality kibble. There are ways to cut costs of RAW diets, however… seeking out sales at your local butcher. Preparing your own RAW versus pre mixed packaging. Or buying in bulk to get those deals will help.
Q. Am I suppose to cook the RAW dog food, or can I cook it?
A. No, do not cook your RAW. Be sure you properly defrost before feeding, but do not cook.
Q. Can I mix my dogs RAW food with his kibble?
A. No, RAW and kibble digests differently, and can cause your pet to have an upset stomach etc… Feeding kibble in the morning and RAW at night is fine.
Q. I have always heard feeding RAW dog food will make my pet vicious, is this true?
A. No, not even a bit. This is an old old myth that has since been busted time and time again.
Q. Aren’t chicken bones dangerous for dogs?
A. RAW chicken bones are great for dogs! They are a soft bone, making it easy for your dog to digest. COOKED chicken bones, on the other hand, are a no no!
Q. My dog is pooping less since I switched to RAW, should I be worried?
A. The fact that your dog is pooping less, is a good thing. Means you have found a great balanced RAW diet for him!
Q. My dog has stopped drinking as much water, why?
A. Perfectly normal. All of the moisture which is necessary for your dog to digest his food is in the RAW. Whereas kibble has the moisture taken out of it. This is where you will see the difference in the amount your dog is drinking.
Q. Will my dog get sick from eating RAW? What about salmonella?
A. The thing with our dogs is, they have wonderful digestive and immunity systems. They are built to handle all kinds of bacteria. Their bodies differ from that of a human in this exact way. Where something such as salmonella or E. Coli is harmful to us, a dogs body is built to fight it off. That being said, always make sure you practice good hygiene on yourself, and your dogs’ food dishes when feeding a RAW diet.
Q. What is the best way for me to start off?
A. This all depends on you. You need to consider pros and cons of pre mixed RAW diets, or preparing it yourself. Figure out what will work best for you and your dog, and go for it!
People ask me all the time which I prefer, or which I think is the better option, RAW or kibble…
It is hard for me to answer that one, as I do know the benefits of RAW are amazing, yet myself, I feed kibble. To each their own, and I think the biggest thing you can take out of this post, is to do your own research and work it out for you and your pet. Of course, the well being and health of our fur babies comes first and foremost!
What are your thoughts on RAW pet foods? Would you be willing to try it?
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired everyday by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.