Kibble has been marketed as “dog food” since 1956, and though nothing could be further from the truth, it's become a multi-billion dollar industry. But, as owners come to understand that kibble is not species-appropriate food for their dogs the pet food industry is doing its best to scare owners away from feeding nutritionally-appropriate raw meals by engaging veterinarians and "experts" to promote a variety of half-truths and fictions. In short, your pet's dietary recommendations are paid for by kibble manufacturers.
Fact: Raw meat can contain pathogens, the same pathogens you’re exposed to if you make 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. And, without going into the science of the matter, even a six-year old knows that an animal that eats poop (talk about pathogens) 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. If you’ve read the labels on commercial "raw meals" you know that most contain a very small percentage of muscle or organ meats. The predominant ingredients in those "raw meals" are typically rice, pasta and unfermented vegetables. Wild canines never eat rice or pasta, if only because these foods need to be cooked. And, they do not have the enzymes to breakdown plant matter. Moreover, as any smart mother knows, if you want to know how your "baby" is doing on the meals you provide, check their stool. A canine’s perfect stool looks like donut holes, not Tootsie Rolls. This perfection is produced by a diet of raw muscle, secreting organs, bone, marrow and fermented fruits or vegetables.
Fact: Worms are not native to raw meat. If raw meat has worms, either the livestock was infected with parasites prior to being harvested or the harvested meat was left uncovered, attracting flies or other pests that lay their eggs in animal protein. If you feed your pet RAwsome Meals, nothing will be left in the bowl to host worm-producing larvae.
Fact: Salmonella and e-coli infections in cattle are the result of feeding grains, like corn, to bovine that evolved eating grasses. It’s a key reason why factory farmed beef are given antibiotics, which when fed to your pet regularly will reduce it's immunity to all infections. For that reason, informed pet owners purchase antibiotic-free meats for themselves.
Fact: That’s as likely as eating steak tartare turning you into a knuckle-dragging troglodyte.