Canines will eat almost anything to stave off starvation and yet they don’t die immediately from inappropriate nutrition like most other species, which explains how kibble manufacturers have been able to convince owners that kibble is dog food and that rice, pasta and vegetables are key dog food ingredients. But as owners come to understand that species-appropriate nutrition is key for optimal health and longevity the pet food industry is doing its best to scare owners away from feeding raw by engaging veterinarians and "experts" in promoting a variety of half-truths and myths.
Half-truths & myths you'll find online:
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. Reason should tell you 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. The majority of commercial dog food brands are primarily raw vegetables. Canines don't produce the enzymes to breakdown cellulose or carbohydrates. 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 should look like firm donut holes, not Tootsie RollsTM or soft-serve ice cream. The ideal stool is produced by a diet of raw muscle, secreting organs, bone, marrow and fermented plant matter.
Fact: Worms are not native to raw meat. If raw meat is infested with worms, either the livestock was invaded by parasites prior to being harvested or the harvested meat was left uncovered, attracting flies or other pests that lay their eggs in animal protein.
Fact: Salmonella and e-coli infections are the result of feeding corn and other grains to livestock that evolved eating grasses. It’s the main reason why factory-farmed cattle are given antibiotics. Regularly feeding your pet muscle and organs from grain-fed animals inoculated with antibiotics will reduce it's immunity to all infections. For that same reason, informed consumers purchase 100% grass-fed, antibiotic-free meats for themselves.
Fact: Domesticated dogs are natural carnivores and will not become feral beasts on a species-appropriate diet.
Tootsie Roll is a tasty treat of Tootsie Roll Industries and not meant to be disparaged in any way.