🚨Don't feed your dog raw meat, study says 🚨
After carefully researching the benefits of the BARF diet, we decided to embark on a raw diet for Russ. So far, we have seen nothing but benefits - smooth, silky coat, no week-old doggy smell, clean teeth, perfect poop (I praise him for good poop everyday) and all-round good health and energy. He licks our faces and shares our bed, and in our 3 year long raw journey, we haven't gotten sick once.
I understand the concerns arising from commercially prepared raw dog food, which is why even though it's a lot more trouble, we prep his meals ourselves (I don't even do meal prep for myself!!). We only buy human-grade beef or pork cubes as his main source of meat, and innards from the supermarket which are meant for human consumption. This way, we have control over exactly what kind of meat he is getting (we've read enough scandals about carcasses which are unfit for human consumption being ground up for dog food). We also have control over how the raw meat is handled and how it is defrosted. The whole process also requires conscientious cleaning and disinfecting of the work surface, the knife and chopping board etc - food handling precautions you would take when handling raw meat in any event.
If eating properly handled raw meat is, nevertheless, a health risk - then why do we eat a steak done blue, rare or medium rare? Aren't sashimi a health hazard? Or why haven't carpaccios been outlawed?
Articles like these do a great disservice to pet owners who research and carefully prepare appropriate raw diets for their pets, by leaping to the conclusion that all raw diets are filthy and bacteria-infested and that oh btw human you're gonna get sick and die after your dog licks your face. And Fido isn't getting enough nutrients ANYWAY.
Perhaps I'm cynical, but I wonder if the study was commissioned by dry food/kibble manufacturers - the global pet food industry is, after all, worth about USD75 billion. That's a lot of money to lose if your pet owners are turning away from kibble and tin cans of mystery meat.
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Been wanting to get some Green Lipped Mussels for Russ but they're so expensive so I've resisted buying any 😨 Finally saw a good deal online and grabbed a couple of packs!
They smell so much like the sea and are really crunchy - Russ was salivating uncontrollably once I opened the pack. Yums. 😋 $19 for a 125g pack, more than half off the usual price of $39. What an awesome deal! Expires in 2020.
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Met an inconsiderate guy tonight during our walk who refused to leash his dog which kept chasing after us. His dog was incredibly friendly and kept bowing and inviting Russ to play (a beautiful dog with a lovely personality). Unfortunately, it was clear that Russ didn't want to play and we continued walking away (hint hint come get your dog?! 🤷). Got to the point where Russ' warning barks got louder and were clearly not play barks (nobody likes to be stalked, especially when they're already nervous). I heard zero attempted recalls and the guy was just sauntering over, no rush to come leash his dog. I had to shout "my dog is not friendly, please leash your dog" and still he showed no haste to come get his dog.
I get it that some dogs are really friendly and the owners are so confident that their dogs won't bite other dogs. But they need to understand that other dogs may be nervous or anxious or leash aggressive or just need space. Not every dog wants to play and they really should respect that.
Trying out #k9natural chews for the first time - Natural Venison Dental Sticks (venison tendon). Russ loves it! Check out our stories to hear him crunching away on it.
If anyone were to ask, I'd categorise Russ as an INTENSE chewer. He doesn't know his limits and will try to eat even the hardest of bones, sometimes gnawing until his gums bleed.
Because of his chewing style, I'm hesitant to give him meaty bones or antlers as treats in case he breaks a tooth or swallows a large piece without chewing (he's an incorrigible glutton that way - he doesn't gnaw and enjoy the bone, he just wants to eat and swallow everything). Dried tendons are a great alternative as a dental chew so this is a really good snack for him. We also feed him freeze dried spare ribs which are "soft" enough, but would stay away from marrow bone.
Playing around in the new exercise park earlier this evening
I just tried Bouldering for the first time and my goodness it's so much fun! Great to go with a bunch of friends for encouragement, laughs and also guidance on where your foot should go next 🤗