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Frequently Asked Questions
Taken from www.smallbatchpets.com
WHAT ABOUT BACTERIA IN RAW CHICKEN?
Yup, it’s true raw chicken may contain bacteria. However, your dog or cat’s digestive system can easily deal with it(us humans can’t and that’s why we cook our food, generally). Your pet’s system was designed by nature to tolerate bacteria. Just think of all the stuff your dog tends to eat sometimes…hello? Trash, feces, licking their own privates? Enough with the graphic stuff, yes there may be some bacteria and yes your pet has a system that can handle it. Always remember to use safe handling methods when feeding raw chicken or any raw meat. Oh, and if you want to know more about the chicken we use in our batches and blends, shoot us an email and we’ll tell you more about it!
CAN I MIX RAW WITH KIBBLE?
Simply put, it’s really not recommended. Mixing the two is sometimes the only way to transition from kibble to raw, but it may actually put more strain on the digestive system because they digest at different rates. Raw food is much more digestible, taking only 3-4 hours, while kibble usually takes 9-12 hours. That’s a big difference! Kibble is cooked and processed therefore it’s harder for your pet to digest because the molecules are bound tighter together. So, when raw and kibble are mixed together the raw will digest, leaving some of the kibble to rise to body temperature and ferment. Bacteria level in your pet’s digestive system will then rise and can cause some unwanted problems. Eeeep! No one wants that. If you are feeding both raw and kibble we suggest you alternate the two. For instance, feed raw for breakfast and kibble for dinner or vice versa.