One of the latest trends with pet diets is raw food and whether or not it is a good idea to feed them to your pets.
There are various schools of thought. Reptiles, for example, must be fed a diet of frozen rodents, it is the only food they will eat. But what about dogs and cats?
Dogs are also known to need raw foods, bones in particular. This is because the gnawing action when they eat bones helps to keep their teeth and gums healthy by naturally removing tartar and preventing decay. It is also good for their digestive system and an excellent source of protein.
But what about raw meat? Many will argue that in the wild, dogs will actively seek out meat in the form of discarded scraps by humans, as well as by hunting their own prey. Cats are a little different. Even when they are completely domesticated and are 100 percent a house cat, they will still see what they can find. It is not uncommon for them to hunt birds along with small lizards and insects. They will often eat them and bring the owner part of their catch to share.
This is not the same as eating raw processed meat from the human food chain. The first thing that you need to bear in mind before opting to feed your dog or cat raw meat is the danger of them getting worms. Worms can be present in raw meat, and domesticated animals’ digestive systems cannot cope with them in the same way that feral animals can. Because they are used to processed foods, their stomachs can often find raw meat too rich for consumption.
It is very much a personal matter, but the best diet for pets tends to be a balanced one that contains carbohydrates in terms of biscuit feed, supplemented by processed animal food in tins. You can also give them jerk to help with keeping their teeth and gums healthy.