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BARF myths - explained and debunked
Again and again you hear reports about BARF. Sometimes myths arise that we would like to explain or clear up here:
BARF Myth 1 - Dogs and cats get worms from raw meat
Raw fresh meat can contain parasites and worms, unfortunately this cannot be changed. PETMAN meat is stored at temperatures below -17 ° C, so that any worms it may contain are killed. Even if you are safe from worm infections when using PETMAN products, regular deworming and faecal examinations will help your animal to stay healthy.
The "pseudo rabies" (Aujetzkische disease) can be transferred from pork to domestic animals. Germany is currently free from this epidemic, but who can be sure where their pork really comes from? Feeding raw pork is therefore generally not recommended if you cannot trace the origin with 100% certainty.
BARF Myth 2 - Raw meat makes dogs aggressive and bloodthirsty
Short answer: No. Long answer: For God's sake, NO! Do you get aggressive when you eat a Mettbrötchen? Well, a bit of aggression because the onions are all gone again, but what else? Just…
15-20% of all dogs in Germany are fed raw meat, are they all on the Cujo trip? Does the house tiger that eats a mouse turn into a monster? No.
Dogs that are fed raw like to eat and so it can of course happen that dogs growl at other eaters when the pack leader (that's you!) Is not looking. But dogs that bark ...
BARF Myth 3 - BARFing is also vegetarian or even vegan
Even if the vegan, whom you know from the parents' meeting and who has great arguments, claims otherwise: No. Dogs are carni-omnivores, i.e. carnivores and omnivores. A vegetarian day here and there is ok (e.g. with PETMAN vegetable-fruit medallions), purely vegetarian feeding is not. Cats are carnivores, there is nothing more than a small vegetarian side dish. A meat-free diet is not natural for your animals, or have you ever seen a lion eat a banana?
BARF Myth 4 - Puppies and kittens are not allowed to get raw meat
Yes, they can. Since puppies and kittens also tend to gobble up, the meat should be cut into small pieces or even minced - this makes it easier to eat. Many PETMAN meat products have already been minced and are therefore ideal for feeding puppies. In the case of kittens, it makes sense to get them used to all forms of feeding straight away, food aversions ("complaining") are learned in cats. So it's a bit like children who only like sausage and french fries. If cats are not given a varied diet, they develop a fear of new things called 'neophobia' - what the cat does not know, it does not eat. Early countermeasures make it easier to change feed later, e.g. when you go on vacation.
BARF Myth 5 - BARFing for cats and dogs is expensive
Even if repetitions are boring, the same applies here: It depends. The dry food from the discounter is more expensive, correct. But look what's in there - and try google, you know some things under completely different names ... Food from premium brands, on the other hand, is similarly expensive compared to BARF. As is so often the case: it pays to compare and recalculate. Calculate how much you need for a dry or canned food and how much in comparison to a BARF mixture and compare the costs and, above all, the possibilities for savings - you will be amazed. It's like wine - cheap doesn't have to be bad, but why should top producers sell their products for below price?
BARF Myth 6 - In the event of illness, my animal must not be BARF
As the saying goes: it depends. Of course, the feed has to be adjusted in sick animals, both in terms of quantity and composition. Whether it really has to be the fancy food from the vet, on which an instruction manual is printed so small in several languages that you can only read it with a telescope, is a completely different matter.
The fact is: With many illnesses and, above all, allergies, you have no choice but to put together the food for your darling yourself and BARFing is ideal. You can choose every single ingredient individually and thus easily avoid things that are not good for your four-legged friend. The many exotic meats from PETMAN are ideal for allergy sufferers!
BARF Myth 7 - The animals get sick with salmonella and bacteria
The digestion of the dogs is designed for the processing of raw animal feed. The digestive process is much shorter than with plant-based or predominantly plant-based food, so salmonella and bacteria have little time to reproduce sufficiently.
The stomach acid (pH <1) of a healthy dog can easily deal with salmonella and bacteria. Only sick or weakened animals can have problems with it, but only if they really eat rather old meat.
BARF Myth 8 - The animals get bad deficiency symptoms because you can't get the feed as well as the industry
You can go wrong with the "big bar". This can have just as undesirable consequences as an unbalanced diet with inferior industrial feed. It is therefore important to know a little about calcium, phosphorus, water, fat, minerals and vitamins.
But all of this can be learned and is not that difficult at all. After all, you can then calculate your feed exactly and know what you are feeding your animal. By studying it a little more closely, you learn to read pet food labels on the side. Then you often don't want to give the animals any more industrial feed.
BARF Myth 9 - "I know someone whose dog has choked on a bone ..."
Probably on a cooked or old bone. Poultry bones are elastic as long as they are raw. Raw bones are very good because they contain other minerals in addition to the important calcium. Chicken wings and necks are well accepted by many dogs and like to crack.
But you should never feed cooked or old bones. These are brittle and dangerous bone fragments develop.
Bones can also cook when defrosting in the microwave! But it is not a problem to baref without bones to feed. Calcium must then of course be supplied through suitable supplements.
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