How to deal with raw food: feeding safely?
Fresh frozen food is a natural, organic product that contains life. This life finds its origin in not heating our animal ingredients during our production process. Because we do not heat our ingredients, the quality of our animal ingredients, our raw meat, is extremely important. Day in and day out, we do our utmost to buy our ingredients locally as much as possible, from suppliers with whom we have a good relationship and in whom we have confidence. This is the only way we can guarantee the quality of our products.
And not heating the food holds many advantages for dogs. It ensures that our food is full of natural vitamins and that our proteins are not denatured. What's more, it makes our fresh frozen food extremely tasty for your four-legged friend, without the need to add flavour enhancers. It also gives owners the opportunity to see what's really in the food.
In addition, unheated meat contains bacteria (like all raw meat, including that for human consumption). Many of these bacteria promote your dog's intestinal flora, as confirmed in 2017 by an academic paper from the University of Udine (1).
This increases the resistance of the dog and the nutrients in the food can be better absorbed. For healthy animals these bacteria are not pathogenic. In people, especially young children, the elderly and people with less resistance, these bacteria can lead to problems. It is therefore advisable to take the necessary precautions, just as with raw meat for human consumption:
- Keep the cold chain after purchase at all times and put the food in the freezer as soon as possible upon returning home;
- Always defrost the food in the refrigerator (approx. 12 hours) or in the hot air oven (20 min. at 50 °C), never on the kitchen table;
- Wash your hands before and after feeding;
- Always clean the feeder afterwards with disinfectant;
- Throw any leftovers in the garbage can;
- Never let your dog lick your face after he or she has eaten;
- Always pick up excrement with a glove;
- Keep small children away from raw foods;
These are obvious actions when we handle raw meat for human consumption, and so they apply equally to our animal feed. However, if you wish to kill all pathogenic germs, it is advisable to heat the feed to its core above 65°C for at least 1 minute, preferably in the oven. If you opt for heating, you will lose some of the advantages associated with raw food, but it is still much better than giving your dog only inferior food that has been processed under high pressure and temperatures above 200°C!
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(1) SANDRI M. etal, Raw meat based diet influences faecal microbiome and end products of fermentation in healthy dogs, BMC Veterinary Research, 2017