No, not on raw ones. It’s cooked bones you have to worry about. Cooked bones splinter, and can get lodged in a dog’s throat. Raw bones are pliable, and the calcium content is very important to a dog’s health. Plus, chewing bones keeps teeth naturally clean and you can say goodbye to expensive vet dental cleanings.
Cats’ and dogs’ stomachs are equipped to handle bacteria in much the same fashion as wolves who are just fine eating days old carrion. Their digestive tracts are shorter and more acidic than ours so the risk for bacterial illnesses is low.
Dogs do better on a cold turkey switch rather than half kibble and half raw. Raw food is more quickly and easily digested than kibble. If you feed raw food and kibble at the same time, you may increase the amount of time the food is in the body, thus increasing the possibility of illness from microbes. If you want to transition more slowly, feed raw food for one meal and kibble for another. As far as raw meaty bones go, some dogs might not know what to do with the bones at first, but most will get the hang of it. You can try holding it for them until they figure out how to chew bones like their jaws were intended to do.
There’s a reason cats appear to be finicky. It’s actually a manifestation of their natural instinct to fixate on a certain food, which helps kittens learn what food is and to recognize it later on. Cats that have been eating the same thing for a long time may not recognize fresh raw meat as food. Commercial pet foods are coated with flavor enhancers that become addictive to cats and it will probably take some patience on your part to transition your cat.
If your cat currently eats kibble only:
Start by offering your cat a small portion of raw meat as a treat in the morning and evening. You may need to warm it up. Don't microwave it, you may end up accidentally cooking it, rather place it in a bag in a bowl of warm water. If your cat eats it, gradually start feeding raw food at meal times, slowly increasing the amount of raw food and decreasing the amount of dry food you feed each day. If your cat won’t eat the raw food alone, start by mixing a small amount with their kibble and gradually increase the raw portion. Ideally, you don't want your cat to have too many meals with mixed kibble and raw food because kibble digests more slowly.
Another option is to transition to a commercial wet food, then transition to the raw diet from the canned food. Sometimes this makes it easier for cats to transition.
If your cat currently eats wet food only:
Start by placing small amounts of the raw diet next to the regular diet or mix with their current wet food. Gradually begin increasing the ratio of raw to canned until the transition is complete.
If your cat eats both wet and dry food:
Slowly move to a feeding schedule for the wet food twice per day and reduce the amount of kibble left out during the day for grazing. Add small amounts of the raw diet to the canned wet food or offer as a separate treat at meal time. Gradually begin offering kibble only during meals, and eventually not at all. For cats that have trouble recognizing a raw diet as food and are completely ignoring it all together, here is something to try:
Place a tablespoon of raw food next to their regular food. This will let the cat begin to associate raw food with their meal time. It may be a slow process, with the cat only sniffing it at first, but gradually, they begin to decide this might also be food, will taste it, and eventually begin a transition.
No, this is completely expected. Since raw food provides food in its natural state, the moisture necessary for digestion is contained in the raw food. You will see a marked decrease in the amount of water your pet drinks, especially after being transitioned from dry food. Since kibble has had the water removed, dogs and cats constantly have to drink water in an attempt to maintain proper hydration.
Yes! These are all some of the great benefits of a raw diet. The reason your dog is pooping less is because most of the food is being digested and properly utilized by the body, resulting in less waste. It is a sign that the dog’s body has utilized all the nutrients in the food when it turns chalky white after a few days. All that is left in the stool is ash and fiber which casts a chalky white consistency to the stool.
Since your dog’s stools are firmer, you will no longer need to have his anal glands expressed. The bone component of the diet firms feces, which naturally squeezes the anal glands with every bowel movement. With a cooked, processed, grain based diet, the feces remains soft, allowing anal secretions to build up. This condition can result in unnecessary, painful compaction and possible rupture of the glands.
We can not guarantee that animals that are fed grain or commercial feeds such as rabbit pellets are GMO free. Lamb and beef are grass feed and Springer Mountain chickens do eat a pesticide free, vegetarian diet of corn and soybean without the use of antibiotics, growth stimulants or hormones, or animal by-products. The only way to insure GMO free is to purchase certified organic feed which would triple all product costs and make it not affordable to the average customer. GMO is a controversial subject but research indicates this is not a concern with animal feed. Please read this link for more info here.
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