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February 20, 2012
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What is Nosework?

What is Nosework?

Andrew Ramsey takes a break from filming our series of DVDs on nosework to explain exactly what nosework is and why it is a fun activity to do with your dog.

February 20, 2012 | 2 Minutes, 7 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A

Question: I am planning on switching my dog over to natural food soon. Can I really trust a grocery store to sell me chicken that is safe for my dog before cooking it? Aren't there dangerous pathogens that are destroyed with heat?

I am planning on switching my 5 year old Shih Tzu over to natural food soon. I know that dogs eat raw food in the wild, but I'm worried about buying him raw food at the grocery store. I have heard that raw food for humans does not have as strict regulations on it, because we cook our food. Some natural, raw food companies claim that they have higher regulations than food in our grocery stores because it is meant to be safe before cooking. Can I really trust a grocery store to sell me chicken that is safe for my dog before cooking it? Aren't there dangerous pathogens that are destroyed with heat?



If you are worried about bacteria, then I'd definitely recommend you do a lot more research before you switch your dog. You need to be confident in what you are doing and have all the facts before you begin.

Here is a Q&A section on raw feeding.

A healthy dog doesn't have trouble with bacteria, their digestive tract is not like ours.

The best books for learning about the raw diet are Raw Dog Food and Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats. We give both these books to our puppy customers and rarely have questions about the diet. One of the newer feeding books we offer is Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs. This title covers homemade cooked & raw diets complete with recipes. I highly recommend all these books.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Feeding Dogs.


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