Kirjoita tämä teksti suomeksi siten, että asiat tulevat kerrotuksi mutta teksti ei ole kopioitu, Älä käytä brändinimiä. Kirjoita teksti yhtä pitkäksi, mutta erilaisella rakenteella kuin alkuperäinen. Alkuperäinen teksti: ” There is a lot of misinformation and fear mongering out there on reasons not to feed your dog a raw diet. I thought I would write about some of these to show you that feeding a raw diet is not perfect, but it is also not dangerous. My two dogs have appeared to do well on a raw diet. Feeding your own dog a raw diet is a great option to consider, but it’s not for everyone. Use this information as one more piece to your ongoing research and do what’s best for you and your unique dog. Reasons not to feed your dog a raw diet Most of these are not hard reasons not to feed your dog a raw diet. Instead, they are barriers or small risks that you should know about. 1. It costs a lot to feed a commercial raw dog food diet It is a lot more expensive to feed your dog a quality raw dog food diet vs a dry dog food. The larger your dog or the more your dog eats, the more significant the cost difference will be. The same is true if you have multiple dogs. To give you an idea, it costs me about $390 per month to feed one of my 65-pound dogs any of the commercial raw dog food diets. Or about $13 per day. Most of us can’t afford this for the long term. If you can, great! By comparison, it costs me about $80 to feed the same dog a higher-end dry dog food per month. This is about $2.70 per day. If you have a smaller dog, then the cost of feeding a commercial raw diet is not as outrageous and makes more sense for the average person. Each of my two dogs need to eat about 2 pounds of raw food per day. When they eat dry food, they each get about 4 cups per day. Example cost of raw dog food per month A sample raw dog food company charges $6.50 per pound of raw food. So, for one of my dogs that is $6.50/lb x 2lb/day = $13 per day. For 30 days, that ends up being about $390 per month ($13 x 30 days = $390). The cost is still about the same even if you feed a dehydrated or freeze-dried raw brand. I looked into these options thinking I might be able to save some money and was disappointed. Cost of homemade raw dog food The cost of making your own raw dog food can vary greatly. In my experience with three different raw-fed dogs, I was able to cut the cost of commercial raw food in half by feeding a homemade diet. I don’t feed a homemade raw diet anymore because I didn’t enjoy the process. It was stressful for me and a lot of work. Some people enjoy the process. I would buy meat in as large of quantities as I could justify and mix in my own fruits and veggies. So in my case, it would cost about $200 per month to feed one 65-pound dog. This is about half the cost of a commercial raw brand and about twice as much as a dry dog food brand. Some people are able to get the cost of a homemade raw dog food down significantly by: joining a raw dog food co-op buying meat in massive quantities (such as buying a butchered cow) hunting big game like elk having connections with ranchers or hunters See our articles: 2. Reasons not to feed a raw diet – Homemade raw dog food is not nutritionally balanced This argument can go either way. Of course, you do not want to feed your dog a homemade diet that is not nutritionally balanced. For this reason, some vets will say it’s dangerous or irresponsible to feed your dog homemade food. I think veterinarians are right on this. Most people who feed their dogs a homemade raw diet are probably not feeding enough variety of meat and organ meat or the optimal amount of raw bones. It’s not easy to find organ meat, and it’s not obvious what percentage of bone is in each cut of meat. On the other hand, no diet is going to be perfect. The common “equation” raw feeders try to follow is 80% muscle meat, 10% organ meat and 10% bone over time – not necessarily every meal. If you can do that and try to mix up the types of muscle meat and organ meat your dog eats, your dog will probably be just fine. Here is an article we wrote on where to find organ meat for your dog. There are also high-quality supplements for dogs available these days to help balance out a homemade raw diet. 3. Challenging during travel Another reason not to feed your dog a raw diet is if you travel a lot. Traveling with raw-fed dogs is doable but it takes a little more planning because you have to pack a cooler and ice to keep the food fresh. This is not a huge deal, but still something to consider. When I took my dog Remy on several long road trips in the summer I always had to haul the cooler up to my hotel room at night since it was so hot out I didn’t want to leave it in the car. The cooler also takes up extra space in your vehicle. And, once you reach your destination you will still need to store the meat somewhere – whether it’s in your cooler or someone’s fridge or freezer. I also took Remy camping and had to haul along a cooler for his food and make sure it stayed cold enough. These things are doable but inconvenient compared to feeding dry food. If you board your dogs, not all boarding kennels are willing to feed raw diets. I have been lucky to have a boarding kennel that is willing to feed my dogs raw food. See our article: Feeding a dog raw food while traveling 4. Raw dog food takes up more storage space Two weeks worth of raw dog food can take up quite a bit of space in your freezer or refrigerator. To give you an idea, 20 pounds of raw food for my dogs takes up about the same amount of space as two one-gallon milk jugs. This will feed one of my 65-pound dogs for 10 days. If you want to store more than that, you might need an extra freezer just for your dog food. 5. Dogs get sick from different foods Despite what some vets tell you, it’s unlikely that a dog will get sick from the bacteria in raw meat. This is because a dog’s digestive system is designed for eating raw meat! However, a lot of dogs do get sick from suddenly switching from one type of food to another. So, if you suddenly switch your dog from a dry food to raw food, he might get a bad upset stomach for a few days. It depends on the dog, but my dogs have always done better when I gradually switch them from dry food to raw food by slowly mixing the two over a week.. This is no different than when you’re switching a dog from one dry brand to another. It’s usually best to mix the two over a few days to help them adjust to the change. See our article: Will my dog get sick from raw meat? There is just more cleanup to deal with when you’re feeding a raw diet. You should wash the dog bowls regularly. Pre-made raw food will come in wrapping you’ll have to throw away each time. It usually has blood on it and sometimes these leak and you’ll have to wipe out your fridge. If you’re making raw food, you’ll have knives, cutting boards and storage containers to wash. You’ll want to wash your own hands afterwards. I’m not saying any of this is a big deal. Just that it takes extra time and not everyone has the time or energy to worry about extra tasks like this when it comes to feeding the dog.…
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