Raw Frozen Dog Food
What is Raw Dog Food?
Raw pet food consists primarily of meat, bones, organs, and eggs that have not been cooked. Raw pet food products are sold as frozen packages that need to be thawed before serving. A raw dog food diet is designed to mimic a dog’s ancestral carnivore diet.
Feeding a raw dog food diet has benefits including:
- Better weight management
- Firmer stools
- Healthier skin and coat
- Improved digestion
- Reduced allergy symptoms
Is Raw Right For Your Dog?
A lot has been written about feeding your dog a raw diet. You can buy and prepare your dog’s food yourself, or you can find a raw, frozen food made in small batches with natural ingredients. There are many considerations when deciding to choose raw for your dog including cost. If cost is a concern, you can incorporate raw into your current dry food regimen and still derive raw food benefits. Come into today to learn more.
Raw Food: Handle with Care
If you decide to feed your pet raw food, here are tips from the Center for Disease Control to make sure you and your pet stay healthy: Wash your hands and surfaces thoroughly after handling raw pet food.
- Wash your hands with soap and water right after handling any raw pet food.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces that the raw food touched. These surfaces can include countertops, microwaves, refrigerators and also utensils like knives, forks, and bowls.
Safely store and handle raw pet food.
- Keep raw pet food away from other food in your refrigerator or freezer.
- Freeze raw pet food until you are ready to use it.
- Let it thaw on the lowest shelf in the refrigerator, away from other foods, and never on a countertop or in a sink.
- Throw away any food your pet does not eat.
- Safely play with your pet after it eats.
- Do not let your pet lick around your mouth and face after eating.
- If you do play with your pet after they have just eaten, wash your hands (and any other parts of your body they licked) with soap and water.
Clean up after your pet carefully.
- For dogs, pick up poop and discard it into a tightly sealed plastic bag.
- For cats, scoop litter daily and discard poop into a tightly sealed plastic bag.
- Place all pet poop into a closed trash can.
- Wash your hands with soap and water right after cleaning up after your pet. Before making any changes to your pet’s diet, be sure to consult with your veterinarian.