I think if the butcher knows you're looking for only raw scraps, and that you're feeding it to your dog so you can't have anything cooked or spiced, you should be OK. You should be able see the difference between raw and cooked, I think. He's not talking about grinding everything up together, is he? That would be a different story! I think you probably shouldn't give your dog anything with spices on it, though. Good luck!