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How Safe Is Raw Meat For Dogs

What are the dangers of feeding a raw meat diet?

The first question I always ask is danger to whom?

  • Is it the dog?
  • Is it you or I the human?

These are two separate concerns. Let’s cover the concern to the animal first.

In my opinion there is no such thing as a completely safe diet for the domesticated dog and cat whether it is a dry food, canned or natural raw meat diet. Each diet has its pros and cons. From my experience however, I can attest to the fact that animals raised on our formulas for over 35 years have experienced improved health and vitality over all the other canned and dry formulas. There are reasons for this advantage. The raw diet has not been heat processed which is the biggest detriment to all dry and canned products. The advantage gained is a diet that has its nutrients preserved as nature intended and still contains active enzymes and phytonutrients that create essential life giving and life extension qualities. As far as safety for the animal is concerned, mother nature has blessed the dog with a digestive system to handle potential bacteria and pathogen concerns. Namely stronger stomach acids, and a shorter digestive track.

Comparing the dangers of feeding a dry kibble diet and a natural raw meat diet is an interesting comparison. All I can say is that the news media has presented far more detrimental feeding scenarios from eating dry kibble than from eating a raw meat diet.

Now let’s cover the concern for us humans.

Is there risks involved in feeding a raw meat diet to us as dog owners? Of course there is and that is why we give specific instructions for safe handling and feeding practices. In general, I always suggest that you handle the raw meat diets the very same way that you handle raw chicken that is being cooked for your family. Sterilizing dishes, washing hands often, using disinfectants, and observing safe handling procedures is the key to eliminating potential hazards. This is common sense stuff, but needs to be emphasized to eliminate the possibility of harm to humans.

There are situations that may require concern for a us. Using the diet around older adults that may have a depressed immune system or around infant children requires additional preventive measures. Again it is just common sense to be aware of the potential harm that could result in this situation. Take the necessary sanitary precautions to minimize any risk.

In all feeding situations we must weigh the benefits against the potential liabilities. Caution should prevail for whichever feeding method you use. Do your homework and discover the advantages and disadvantages of all products.

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  1. Michelle

    I don’t understand how dogs “raised” on your diets for 35 years could have “improved” health over commercial diets. Do you have research that was used in developing your foods? Is it published somewhere that I could read it? Thank you.

  2. Our diets have been formulated by myself and other nutritional consultants to make a product that is designed to best give a biologically appropriate food source to a dog or cat. We have studied what food would be consumed from mother nature and have not destroyed the ingredient source with the application of heat. The value and the difference of the raw diet compared to a heat processed dry kibble diet is the availability of the living enzymes and phytonutrients that are preserved in the processing of the raw diet. The 35 years of supplying this formula to exotic animals in zoos and now supplying the formula to thousands of pets nationwide gives us unquestionable evidence for the improvement of the animals health conditions. 50% of the consumers we deal with everyday are having their pets suffer from a variety of ailments which I believe are related to the ingestion of ingredients that have been heat altered and have been adulterated with chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and unhealthy flavoring agents. The other 50% are just trying to avoid the potential health failures from feeding a food source that is not biologically appropriate for the animal. Our successes, with health related conditions, and with thousands of testimonials over the last 35 years gives us the evidence of the value of this diet. It is no longer an experiment, it is health reversed success over time.

  3. nichola stephenson

    Exactly what raw meats can I give my dog, and I’ve heard pork is bad for them?? I gave her chicken wings for the first time and she enjoyed them, and I thought chicken bones were bad for them also

  4. […] are the facts: domesticated dogs and cats can tolerate levels of bacteria that a human cannot tolerate. They possess the mechanism to quite adequately consume and digest these raw materials without […]

  5. mike

    I feed my german shepherd raw chicken with bones he will not touch any dog food, its only 79 cents a pound at wallmart, the dog now has no itching and has no smell to him and his hair feels and looks good, Think about it wild dogs eat raw meat that is what they should eat.

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    • Sorry about that. Well, we write articles based on questions and comments that our own clients ask us daily either by email at info@barfworld.com or when they call our staff of raw pet food specialists (1-866-282-2273). If you write on a topic that you are passionate about – like we are about natural diets for dogs and holistic pet health – then the information will just flow. Good luck!

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  8. Kelley H.

    I am experienced pet food feeder. I get it, that humans don’t eat food meant for dogs. BUT is the protein USDA Inspected and Approved, so that IF the food was cooked, then it would be suitable for human consumption? Since you’re doing mass distribution what method is used to treat the raw (HPP, or what else?) Thanks

    • Monica Samson

      Hello Kelley,

      Great question. Our chicken sources are hormone free and antibiotic free.

      We buy our beef from Washington Beef and they are hormone free and antibiotic free sources. The organ meats from this plant are all USDA produced sources.

      Our Lamb sources are either from New Zealand or Local sources. New Zealand offers the very best and cleanest meat sources in the world. No issues with hormones or antibiotics. We buy from reliable sources that produce protein sources that have no added hormones or antibiotics.

      Our protein sources are not all free range or grass fed. We qualify them as sourced from the same sources that are supplied to the human protein sources. They are all procured from USDA sources. The dogs eat the same quality food as we eat.

      If you are interested in giving The BARF Patties feel free to give us a call today 1-866-282-2273

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