|10-30-2013 04:05 PM|
|TattooedJadey||Tell me again why havent you put in on raw yet..... lol|
|10-30-2013 12:10 PM|
I feed my dog in a crate and wipe the crate as well as prep area with Lysol wipes and wash bowls after each meal with hot soapy water. She's a fairly tidy eater. Dogs carry all kinds of germs (butt licking, anyone?) anyway, so you have to remember that. I also run a steam mop around every so often, to sanitize.
Remember that kibble is NOT sterile, that are lots of recalls from bacteria contamination and people are probably not nearly as fastidious with cleanup with kibble fed pets. When I was feeding kibble, I hardly ever washed bowls. :-/
|09-10-2013 05:16 PM|
I feed raw and just use common sense when feeding my boy as I do when prepping raw meat for my family. I do not brush his teeth or wipe his face/mouth after he eats. He's a pretty neat eater and always licks his mouth after eating to remove anything that's there. I don't like to be kissed/licked by him so I don't worry about that. He also doesn't go around licking stuff in the house. I do understand your concern and think it's great you are posing these questions.
If you can feed a balanced raw diet I think it's worth a try.
Can you post a picture of your boys belly/groin area? Have you absolutely ruled out fleas? Does he lick that area constantly?
|09-10-2013 05:13 PM|
But I never worked at the hospital
|09-10-2013 05:11 PM|
|PanzerPup220||Hmm, yeahhh that's true. Ahh, I don't know what to do. He sleeps in our bed a lot too, so that would be kind of gross. Maybe for now I should consider just switching him to a food with less ingredients, like for a dog with allergies/sensitivities and see if I see any improvement.|
|09-10-2013 04:59 PM|
I want to say about him licking us and brushing his teeth.
Me personally I don't brush his teeth at all since I switched to raw. His teeth look beautiful and since while he eats he touches the bones with his paws, rolls it in the floor and then lays on it and stuff like that, whatever germs rr there are all over him, not just in his mouth or his muzzle.
Basically, I'm taking my chances because I can't make sure there rr no germs unless I bathe him after every meal and clean the entire apartment.
It's been a few months, not nearly enough to say that this is a good way to go about it. But I don't see how there can be no germs unless you hand feed him (so he doesn't touch anything), then brush his teeth and clean his muzzle.
Still, even if you brush, how do you make sure that you brush ALL germs out?
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|09-10-2013 04:52 PM|
Considering making the switch but...
So, I'm considering making the switch to raw for our boy. He is 6 months old, will be 7 months old in about a week. In June, we found these scaly, dry patches on his groin, armpits, etc. Took him to the vet and they said to use an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo and give him benadryl. (It looked like folliculitis from what I could find online) So we did that and it pretty much cleared up... but today I gave him a bath and when drying him, I noticed in his groin he has almost black skin. It didn't used to look like though.
So what I'm starting to think is that he is having food allergies or allergies of some sort and maybe making the switch to raw would help him..
Anyway, my biggest concern honestly.. is that after eating his raw food he will be licking us, things in the house, etc. Does everyone brush their teeth religiously after feeding them? And what about their muzzle, you would have to wipe it down with something to "decontaminate" How do you all go about doing this? Do you use a little bit of shampoo on a washcloth and just wipe the muzzle area after each meal? I'm a nurse so the thought of all of the bacterias us humans are susceptible to being all over my boy's face and in his mouth kind of grosses me out.
Also, what's the deal with the BARFworld website? Is that a raw diet where you do not have to supply organ meats or bones? Or do you give them the patties and also meat with bones? I think I need to buy a book about raw feeding!
Thanks for ANY input!!