Although animals can eat raw foods without getting sick, humans sometimes have difficulty. Casey’s Hidden Pantry offers the following advice:
- Always thoroughly wash your hands with warm soapy water after handling raw meat. To make sure you get the maximum benefit, you’ll want to wash for 15 seconds, or about as long as it takes you to sing the A-B-C’s, “Happy Birthday”, or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
- Keep your food prep area clean. You can use a commercial bleach blend which is safe for kitchen use, or a combination of hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar. For maximum effect, leave it on the surface for 10 minutes.
- There is a slight possibility that your pet’s eliminations will carry salmonella or E. Coli from the raw meat. If you aren’t already doing so, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after cleaning litter boxes or the yard. Litter boxes should also be cleaned with a bleach solution on cleaning day.
Even though your pet can eat raw foods without getting sick, please consider these other safety measures as well!
- Keep their eating area and feeding bowls clean. You can use a commercial bleach blend which is safe for kitchen use, or a combination of hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar
- Do not microwave or cook any of the food. Not only does cooking kill the essential amino acids an enzymes needed for a healthy pet, but it will also cause the bones contained in the foods to become brittle. Raw bones are healthy to chew and consume, but cooked bones are sometimes hazardous to your pet’s innards. If you wish to serve warm meals, use warm tap water instead.
- Most food manufacturers suggest removing food after 20-30 minutes, and that is a very good precaution. However, remember that your pet has very acidic stomach and quick digestive tract and can handle more bacteria than we can – it is safe to leave raw food out for up to 6 hours, if not longer.