Kibble has been marketed as “dog food” only since 1956, and though
nothing could be further from the truth, it's become a multi-billion dollar industry. But, as owners come to understand that kibble is not species-appropriate food for dogs the pet food industry is doing its best to scare owners away from feeding nutritionally-appropriate raw meals by engaging veterinarians and "experts" to promote a variety of half-truths and fictions. In short, your pet's dietary recommendations are typically paid for by kibble manufacturers.
Fact: Raw meat can contain pathogens, the same pathogens you’re exposed to if you fry a burger, grill a steak, or handle any raw meat. So, be sure to wipe down your countertops and wash your hands after serving raw meals. But I’ve met six-year olds who know that an animal that eats poop can safely eat raw meat.
Fact: The only food our pets get are the foods we feed them. So, even kibble can be better than not eating at all. And, if you’ve read the labels on the "raw meals" sold in pet stores you know that even the "best" use ingredients listed as "crude". The rest of the brands are mostly rice, pasta and unfermented vegetables. Wild canines never eat rice or pasta, if only because these foods need to be cooked. Moreover, canines do not have the enzymes to breakdown plant matter. And, as any smart mother knows; if you want to see how your "baby" is doing on the meals you provide, check their stool. A canine’s perfect stool looks like donut holes, not Tootsie Rolls or soft serve ice cream. This perfection is produced by a diet of raw wet muscle, secreting organs, bone, marrow and fermented plants.
Fact: Worms are not native to raw meat. If raw meat is infested with worms, either the livestock was attacked by parasites prior to being harvested or the harvested meat was left uncovered, attracting flies or pests that lay their eggs in animal protein.
Fact: Salmonella and e-coli infections in cattle are the result of feeding grains, like corn, to bovine that evolved eating grasses. It’s a key reason why factory-farmed cattle are given antibiotics, which when fed to your pet regularly will reduce it's immunity to all infections. For that same reason, informed pet owners purchase 100% grass-fed, antibiotic-free meats for themselves.
Fact: That’s as likely as eating steak tartare turning you into a knuckle-dragging troglodyte.