My dog is an impatient eater; can I feed him/her whole foods?
Dogs are not meant to fully chew up their food like you and I are. They cannot move their jaws from side to side and as such their jaws are designed to simply tear off pieces small enough to swallow. Chewing and crunching up smaller raw bone is natural and actually good for your dog. It helps to keep their teeth clean as well as providing calcium and some digestive benefits. Here at Barking Bad we highly recommend that you supplement your dog’s diet with raw meaty bones. Some examples of these would be pig tails, chicken, duck or turkey necks, beef marrow bones etc. Don’t be surprised if your dog eats a duck neck in a couple bites, it is completely natural. That being said, we also highly recommend that you supervise your dog when giving them raw meaty bones, especially dogs that are voracious chewers. It can also help to ensure that your dog feels safe and secure during feeding time as some dogs will scarf their food if they feel it is threatened.
Since switching my dog to a raw diet I have noticed that he/she is not drinking as much water. Is this an issue?
Absolutely not, this is actually to be expected. The raw dog food still has moisture in it whereas kibble has all of the moisture baked out of it. When on a kibble diet, dogs need to drink more to account for this moisture that is usually gained through their food.
I am worried about salmonella and other bacteria infecting my dog. Is this a relevant concern?
This is quite a common concern for dog owners and understandably so. But the fact is that dogs have very different digestive systems compared to us. Their digestive tract is geared towards digesting raw meat and as such has ways of dealing with bacteria. First of all their stomach acid is quite a bit stronger than ours, which means most bacteria cannot survive the stomach. Secondly their intestinal tract is very short and does not allow the few bacteria that survive the stomach to multiply and take hold. We do, however, highly recommend that you do exercise caution when handling the dog food as it may contain small amounts of bacteria that could be harmful to humans. Treat it as you would any other raw meat and be sure to sterilize surfaces that it comes into contact with.
Will feeding my dog raw make it feral of give it a “lust for blood”?
Absolutely not. Period. There are many things that can cause a dog to be vicious and feeding your dog a proper diet is not one of them. Dogs ate raw whole foods up until the creation of dog kibble in the 1930s and never had any problems.
I’ve decided to feed my dog raw, which type of food should I give to my dog?
When you first switch your dog to a raw diet, we recommend feeding either our pure chicken or pure turkey blends. Chicken and turkey are simpler proteins and will be easier for your dog to digest. Once you make the transition we recommend that you switch up protein sources every 3-4 days and supplement your dog’s diet with raw meaty bones.
Now that my dog is on raw, he/she poops way less, is that normal?
Absolutely, actually it is a good thing. Your dog’s leavings will be much smaller once transitioning to a raw diet because there is less waste and more nutrition in the food. The poop will also dry up and crumble away in a couple days, making it much easier to deal with. This is because there are no preservatives in the raw food.
Can I cook the raw food?
Ideally you don’t cook your dog’s food as you want to preserve as much of the nutrients as possible. Some people choose to cook their dog’s food to kill any bacteria that may be present. This is not necessary for the health of the dog but may be a good decision if you have very young children, pregnant women or any other people in your household that may have a weakened immune system. In this case we recommend cooking for as little as possible to help retain as much nutrients as you can.