By Robert Mueller
One issue that manufacturers of kibble and canned pet foods often raise in an attempt to discredit raw meat diets, is the safety factor of handling raw meat and feeding it to our pet population.
As a manufacturer of raw pet food, we follow strict protocol and guidelines to maintain the quality and integrity of our raw meat diets during production. However, it is also important for the consumer to practice safe handling procedures for raw meat for both their family and pets. Paying attention to the handling details will ultimately render a safe, superior quality product. This is no different than how you would handle raw meat in the kitchen for a human meal.
- Always wash your hands and kitchen surfaces to avoid the spread of bacteria. Remember to clean cutting boards, counter tops and utensils with hot soapy water after feeding or preparing raw food.
- Never thaw theBARF Patties at room temperature such as on the counter top in your kitchen. Always thaw the BARF patties in the refrigerator in a covered container.
- Choose the right portion for your dog. Keep in mind, when selecting how much food to thaw that it is ideal to only thaw a day’s worth of food from the freezer at a time. Smaller dogs may not be able to eat a whole patty in a day. For this we recommend our Nuggets Recipe– perfect for small mouths and tummies.
- At Barf World, we regularly remind consumers not to leave raw meat diets unrefrigerated for long periods of time. If the Barf Diet is not going to be consumed by your pet right away, it should be returned to the refrigerator and stored in a container with a lid so that it can be fed later in the day. Food left out in the feeding dish for long periods of time, especially during the hot summer months or in warmer temperature climates, can result in spoiled food and bacteria growth.
At the end of the day, you should dispose of any uneaten food. This helps to keep food at its peak freshness. This is the safest way to avoid any digestive upset and offer the highest nutritious value for your pet’s meal.
Remember this is a raw meat diet (living food) and not kibble! This is the food that will boost your pet’s immune system, keep unnecessary weight off, and prevent diet-related disease. It is not one that has been designed to sit on a shelf at room temperatures for months. The active enzymes in a BARF Diet are the key to maximizing the health and longevity of our four legged friends, so please be sure to follow the above guidelines.
For more information about safe handling procedures for raw dog diets, visit our website at www.barfworld.com
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!