Compiled by: Mientjie Kleinhans | Photography: New Africa
Things to consider
before feeding raw
A happy dog is ...
...fed a balanced diet.
Is the packaging label of the
prepared food clear enough as to what the ingredients
and the nutritional values are? Does it feature the Pet
Food Industry Association of Southern Africa (PFISA)’s
logo on the label? If not, the manufacturers might not be
a member and then you may want to reconsider
feeding your pet that specific food.
If you are considering
feeding a raw diet, ensure
that you thoroughly wash
your hands, work surfaces
and utensils after handling
When you buy ready-to-eat raw
food you also have to consider the
Was the food prepared in
How is it stored?
freeze meat or
poultry until you
are ready to use it.
You love your pets and only want the best
for them, and one of their basic needs
is quality food. With so many options
to choose from, the decision of what to
feed is not easy. So many pet owners are
talking about the health benefits of going
raw with their pets’ diets. But before you
jump onto this bandwagon, consider the
“The feeding of raw diets is currently
a very popular trend with many people
claiming that their dogs are thriving
on it with healthier coats and skin and
fresher breath. Raw diets typically
contain meat, bones, organs, raw
eggs, vegetables, fruit and some
dairy. However, there are a few
potential risks that people need
to keep in mind,” advises
Dr Andrea Prigge, veterinarian
at Silverfields Veterinary Clinic.
“This sort of diet is not
scientifically balanced and
does not contain enough
calcium and phosphorous
which is needed for bone health.
Diets high in liver may also supply
too much vitamin A which can lead
to toxicity if fed for prolonged periods.
Because raw diets are high in protein,
they aren’t appropriate for dogs with
late-stage kidney and liver failure. It is
also not advisable for puppies as they
need calcium and phosphorous for
bone growth,” explains Dr Prigge.