Why Raw Food Recalls are Good News
23 October, 2015

By Kimberly Gauthier, Keep the Tail Wagging

The raw food recalls have made many people hesitant about raw feeding.  They have also raised awareness of raw feeding, inspiring many pet lovers to ask questions.

“What’s raw?”

“I’ve never heard of raw feeding, what’s that?”

“How do I feed my dog raw?”

When I see these questions, I become giddy with excitement.  I’m not an evangelist who is trying to convert everyone to raw feeding; I do love sharing my experience with raw, and the recalls have provided me with many opportunities to yack my head off.

Bacteria Is a Legitimate Concern

If you’ve made a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, and no one got sick, then you can handle the bacteria that come with feeding raw.  My boyfriend wasn’t on board when I decided to transition our dogs to a raw diet.  But we had a deal – he was in charge of our property and could make any changes he likes.  I’m in charge of the dogs.

Today, he’s an advocate too and tells many people about what we’ve experienced as raw feeders. 

He still worries about the bacteria and after more than two years, he’s waiting for a salmonella outbreak in the kitchen.

Three things I do to keep him calm and keep us safe:

 1.  I wash my hands constantly when preparing and serving raw meals.

 2.  I clean the countertops, sink, utensils, tools, dog dishes, etc.

 3.  I don’t eat the raw meat.

Compromised Immune Systems

Raw isn’t for everyone (or every dog).  If someone has a compromised immune system, they may not be able to feed a raw food diet.  Their options are:

 1.  Quality dry dog food – PetKind Tripe Dry, Open Farm, Carna4

 2.  Some Premade Raw Food – Stella & Chewy’s, Bravo Home Style Complete, Primal Pet

 3.  Homecooked dog food

Although dogs can handle bacteria, if your dog has a suppressed immune system, work with a holistic vet on a proper diet.

Don’t Worry About Raw Food Recalls; Be Aware

Pet food recalls should be taken seriously.  If your brand issues a recall, check the lot numbers on the products you purchased and return/exchange them if they’re part of the recall.  If you’re worried about your dog getting sick, contact the number provided on the recall notice to speak with the brand.  Also, contact your veterinarian to share your concerns and learn your risk.

Although they’ve issued a voluntary recall this year, I still feed our dogs raw food by Stella & Chewy’s, Vital Essentials, and Bravo, because I trust these brands. 

So don’t worry about the recalls, but be aware so that you can protect your dog.

About the Author:  Kimberly Gauthier is the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging, a blog about raw feeding, dog supplements, and raising littermates.  Kimberly and her boyfriend are raising two sets of littermates in the Pacific Northwest where they enjoy a property with plenty of room to run and explore.  Kimberly finished her first e-book on raw feeding called Raw Feeding from A to Z.  Rodrigo, Sydney, Scout and Zoey are all herding mix dogs, including Blue Heeler, Border Collie, Catahoula, Australian Shepherd, and Labrador (a lover, not a herder).


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