What about the thousands of parasites living in raw meat? What about bones lodging in the intestines or slivers of the bones?
Yeh, I've heard loads about this 'theory' of choking on bones and such. In brief, these owners must not be feeding a proper BARF diet (with …RF standing for RAW FOOD)
Dogs love bones because they are designed to eat them. Basically wild dogs would eat small animals whole, like rodents and birds. They would also work as a team to bring down some larger game on occasion, like deer.
Look inside your dogs mouth, way back at the molars. Now, I’m assuming that your pooch is friendly not some Tasmanian devil. Anyhow, if you look close, you will see that his molars are pointed, not flat like ours. A dog’s molars are designed to crush bone and cut through cartilage. So how can bones be bad?
Dogs only start having trouble eating bones when they are cooked. The reason is that cooking changes the consistency of the bone, meat and cartilage. Cooked bones tend to splinter and cause choking problems. The cooked meat and cartilage is tender and can be eaten with little effort. The raw meat and bones take some serious effort to crunch and chew up. This works out your dogs jaws, helps clean his teeth and reduces the risk of choking.
As for raw veggies, wild dogs would get theirs from the stomach contents of the animals they consumed. I also think they got them from the droppings of herbivores. I have heard many accounts of owners dogs relishing horse manure, and they eat it with gusto! Of course, in addition, they will scavenge around and eat carrion (dead animals). I know it’s gross but we’ve all seen this before (maybe we just didn’t recognize it). Depending on where you live, your dog’s favorite pastime may be tearing up a "yummy" bag of garbage; technically speaking, scavenging.
Also, about germs (salmonella) please take a look at this link: http://www.njboxers.com/Question.htm
to see that salmonella is present in processed food too.
(yeh, it scared me when I saw that!:eek: )
Well, I hope that helps with your questions. But I do agree with your saying that some diets can be good. I have found a lot of sites that talk of absolute rubbish when it comes to BARF. Which shows you that you can't rely on the internet…