Have you been advised not to feed a raw meat diet to your dog? Are you nervous about trying it?
One of the objections I often hear about is the possible parasitic infection. Notice I said possible. In actuality, there are insignificant number of cases of parasitic infections.
Processed foods are supposedly free of bacteria, protozoa and worms. By contrast, a natural raw food diet will always contain bacteria and sometimes protozoa and worms. Parasites have been around for as long as pets and humans. Our kitchens contain these parasites and can be found in meat intended for human consumption.
Pets in general are resistant to bacteria and can usually be fed meat salvaged from diseased, debilitating, dying and dead stock (4D). The acid barrier in the stomach of carnivores appears to provide adequate protection against food-borne pathogens and therefore reduces the risk of a parasitic infection to a negligible level. We can suspect that there may be a high incidence of exposure but actually there is a low prevalence of clinical disease.
Freezing meat is one of the very best ways to destroy and eliminate the possibility of a potential parasite. The added benefit of freezing rather than the application of heat is the preservation of the nutrient in the fresh meat diet.
It is an interesting study to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the two basic dog food diets-dry kibble and a frozen raw meat diet. The comparisons could be an appropriate blog for the future.
Some of the best things in life, such as skiing, marriage, and other more dangerous sports activities are best enjoyed by taking account of the risks as well as the benefits. The same process pertains to the natural feeding of pets. In actuality is a potential parasitic infection a major threat? Or, are you more concerned about the addition of chemicals, pesticides, flavoring agents, mold inhibitors, and palatability enhancers that are applied to dry food diets.
I challenge you to make the comparison to assess the biggest risk to the health of your pet.