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Safety and Raw Feeding

This short article shows you how to look after your food at home and it is important to check with your supplier that they apply all the hygiene rules when making their food - look for companies who are Raw Safe checked 

Buying or collecting your raw food

  • Put your pet’s food in the freezer as soon as it arrives.

  • If you are collecting your pet’s food, take a cool box with some ice packs to help keep it frozen.

  • Keeping the heating down in the car and using air conditioning in hot weather will help keep the food frozen.

Safe defrosting

  • Name a drawer in your fridge for your pet’s food as “The Raw Drawer” and label the tub “Not For Humans”.

  • Place the pet food in a Tupperware container with a sealed lid.

  • This will help if there is any leakage.

  • Defrosting food in the fridge takes up to 24 hours, depending on the size of the packet.

  • The food will last for 2-4 days once fully defrosted.

Safety and your pet’s bowl

  • Always use a clean bowl - preferably stainless steel or ceramic bowls are the safest to use with raw food as plastic bowls can scratch, and this can increase bacteria growing in the crevices.

  • If you are concerned about raw food, wear gloves when preparing the food.

  • When your pup has finished eating, wash the bowl in hot soapy water or it can be put in the dishwasher.

  • Do not leave the bowl on the floor if your pup doesn’t finish the food - this can lead to flies laying eggs on the food or small children finding it.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water, rubbing carefully to ensure they are clean.

  • Rinse well.

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