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General Healthcare

Will raw food help my pets' allergies?

It's possible. A switch to raw food may alleviate allergic symptoms your pet may be having. There is a good chance that simply stopping the consumption of highly processed, grain based, commercial pet food, will improve those symptoms. Many pets are allergic to protein in grains. These allergies can be seen in symptoms of chronic yeast infections, skin rashes and stiff joints or arthritic conditions. Long-term exposure to large amounts of grains, for these animals, can be a precursor to more serious and permanent illness over time. But it is never too late to switch to a raw food diet. Pets of any age can be given a new diet and benefit from it very quickly.

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Can a raw diet improve my pet’s skin and fur condition?

Yes, many customers have noted this as a clear benefit.

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Can all dogs be fed on a raw diet?

Although raw diets represent the most nutritionally bio-available and natural diet for dogs, there are times when dogs should not be fed raw animal proteins. Dogs with bowel problems such as gastroenteritis, which might include bouts of vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation or all the above, should not be fed a raw diet during flare-ups. When the bowel is not moving at its normal rate, there is increased risk for bacteria present in raw meat to incubate and multiply in the bowel pockets and then to enter the bile duct and damage the liver. This is very serious and can be fatal. If the raw food does not contain bones, you can lightly cook it during times of illness (never cook the bones as they can become brittle and splinter, causing a choking hazard). Once your dog recovers, simply transition him back to his raw diet. Alternately, you can keep a high-quality grain-free kibble or canned food on hand for these times.

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Are there safe handling procedures for raw food?

Common sense must prevail when handling raw meat. You do this all the time when you prepare a meal for the family. After handling raw meat for your pets, do wash your hands before eating your own food. Sterilize any knives, surfaces or utensils used in the preparation or handling of your pets' food. We recommend using a stainless steel or glass dish, which is washed thoroughly with soap and hot water after every meal. Discard any uneaten food and store raw pet food in such a way it does not contaminate human food. After thawing the food, we recommend it is only kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

  • Keep all food frozen until ready to thaw and feed. Thaw food in the refrigerator the day before you plan to use;
  • Quick thaw should be done in cold water in the sink only;
  • Never cook or microwave food as all of our recipes contain ground bone;
  • Feed in a stainless steel or glass bowl and wash thoroughly afterwards with hot soapy water;
  • Raw food will maintain its quality and freshness for up to five days in the refrigerator, however, we advise between 2 – 3 days in an airtight container;
  • Raw food is NOT for human consumption, even though they are made from human-grade produce, clearly separate thawed food in your fridge;
  • Most raw mince meals contain ground bone which should not be ingested by humans under any circumstances;
  • Practice safe handling of raw meat on all surfaces and utensils used for serving and feeding;
  • Wash all surfaces, bowls, utensils, and hands thoroughly in hot, soapy water when finished handling and use the same care when cleaning up your pets’ waste.

By always following normal safe meat-handling procedures with all raw animal products, you’ll virtually eliminate the risk of illness for your pet and your family.

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