Clean your hands to prevent cross-contamination
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling raw meat or poultry.
Wash countertops, cutting boards, utensils, bowls, and anything else that comes into contact with raw meat or poultry with hot soapy water before and after use.
Companies who sell raw dog food will go to great lengths to ensure that the food is safe for your dog and that it has fewer bacteria than meat purchased at a supermarket (generally).
I highly recommend Stewart’s Pro-Treat freeze-dried beef liver as a tasty snack for your dog.
Who doesn’t have a dog that likes to poke its nose into the trash bin? I know I do. The problem is that things like food scraps start to decompose and can cause a nasty reaction in your dog if they start digging around and eating them.
The best thing to do is to throw trash out of the house as soon as you can or keep them out of reach for your pets.
Sure, there are benefits to feeding your dog raw food, but if they are not accustomed to it or maybe they have a weak immune system, cooking the food first is also a good way to serve up a delicious meal for your dog.
Why doesn’t my dog get sick from eating raw meat?
Ever notice how your dog poops right after eating?
This is because dogs have short digestive tracts that quickly push the food and bacteria through their systems before any bacteria has time to colonize. Dogs also have highly acidic stomachs to prevent bacteria from colonizing.
All of the above are reasons why dogs can usually drink standing puddles of water or eat animal remains with few consequences. (Usually.)
The dog might have swallowed a large or sharp piece of bone.
I’ve heard too many vets tell me too many horror stories of dogs getting pieces of bones stuck in their digestive systems.
Raw bones are generally safe for dogs if they chew the bones properly (always supervise). Cooked bones are potentially dangerous because they break easily and the dog could swallow the pieces.
If you’re worried about feeding bones, I recommend you feed your dog a pre-made ground raw dog food where the bones are ground in with the meat.
What should I do if my dog ate raw meat?
Can dogs have raw steak?