Today I’m sharing 10 things prey model raw feeders just don’t do!
Enjoy and feel free to share what you don’t do in the comment section if you’re a (prey model) raw feeder as well.
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1. We never complain about raw meal prep
That’s because we go into super nerd mode when we get ready to put our dogs’ raw meals together. Sometimes, that’s followed by proudly posting pictures of our meals on social media!
2. We never pass up a deal on raw meat
We get super excited about turkeys on sale after the holidays. Also, when our local grocery store has a BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal on bags of raw chicken leg quarters, or when our favorite raw dog food retailer has cuts of meat on sale!
That said, we also have freezer space just for raw dog food.
3. We’re never squeamish about feeding what others would consider “odd” cuts of meat
We understand that variety is key in feeding our pups, so we’re happy to feed uterus, brains, heads, and similar cuts of meat.
4. We never stress out about every single meal being 100% balanced
Instead, we achieve balance for our adult dogs over the course of 5-7 days. It’s totally fine to feed a raw meaty bone on Monday, and not feed another one until Wednesday or Thursday.
It always depends on the bone content of the individual raw meaty bone. For example, turkey necks consist of about 45% bone, while duck heads consist of 75% bone.
Good to know: This approach doesn’t work for puppies. They need to eat balanced meals on a daily basis.
5. We never feed cooked bones
That’s probably one of the biggest no-no’s in raw feeding. Cooking bones changes their density and turns them from soft and pliable into hard and brittle, i.e. dangerous.
6. We never feed a meal of just secreting organs.
Secreting organs only make up 10% of the raw feeding formula for a reason. Feeding an entire meal of them could cause vitamin A toxicity (particularly true for liver) and runny poop.
7. We never feed bleached tripe from the grocery store
Bleached tripe has zero nutritional value for our pups, so it’s really important to only feed green tripe.
8. We never let traditional vets talk us out of raw feeding
That’s because we know better. And we know better because we’ve experienced the incredible benefits of feeding our dogs balanced, species-appropriate raw meals.
Their shiny coats, clean teeth and ears, strong immune systems and overall good health speak for themselves.
9. We can never get enough from peeking into fellow raw feeders’ bowls
Let me see what’s in your pups’ dinner bowl this week! It’s a blast browsing fellow raw feeders’ raw meal pictures on Instagram, and a great source of inspiration. Just check out the hashtags RawFeedersOfInstagram or RawFedDog.
10. We will never go back to feeding kibble
Kibble is crappy, highly processed dog food, plain and simple. Dogs can survive on it, but they can’t thrive on it like they do on species-appropriate, raw dog food. That said, kibble is definitely a no-no for prey mode raw feeders.
10 Things Knowledgeable Prey Model Raw Feeders Never Do: Bottom Line
I suppose the biggest no-no is feeding kibble and cooked bones. We also really don’t mind handling those odd cuts of meat like hearts, heads, and brains.
That’s because we want our pups to live as long as possible, and they need a strong immune system to be able to do that.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to add something you never do if you’re a raw feeder – we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!
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