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RAW FEEDING ON THE INCREASE

It’s obvious that over the past few years we have seen an increase in businesses offering raw pet feed responding to the demand of local pet owners, businesses across the borough have either added raw pet foods or even set up a dedicated business. Raw diets consist of organ & muscle meats, bones, and other animal parts. Dogs on a raw diet can also eat raw eggs, some dairy (like yogurt), and dog-safe fruits, vegetables etc.

Preparing your own raw feed can pose problems, vets don’t recommend preparing your own pet food – whether cooked or raw – as without help from a specialist in pet nutrition a homemade diet could be nutritionally unbalanced which can cause your pet to become ill. So, feeding your own raw food brings extra risks, not just to your pet’s health but also to other people in your household. Even with the greatest care, the risk of cross-contamination is much higher so you could accidentally spread around bacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella and even Tuberculosis (TB) via the food or via your pet.

Buying your raw feed from a reputable business is so important bearing in mind the above and the knowledge and experience these businesses have too!  So, what are benefits on a raw diet? Owners who feed their dogs or cats a raw diet often claim that they see a lot of good changes in their pet. This can range from a glossier coat and more energy, to less smelly poos! It’s also reported to help reduce wind, improve digestion, better for teeth and help with allergies.

Your raw feed supplier should be able to advise the best options that will provide a balanced and nutritional diet for your pet which is the most important priority for all owners.

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