« on: Jan 30, 2018, 21:02 »
Established BARF Raw feeder here.....
Sensible precautions can reduce risk.
I feed ours in the rear porch. We no longer have small children.
Ideally bowls should be washed between feeds, worktops wiped after serving utensils washed.
Dont leave raw food hanging around at room temperature once defrosted !
As far as bowl, utensil, hand and work surface hygiene go its the same rules as dealing with &/or handling uncooked meat being prepared for human meals....common sense stuff.
Yes your dog may lick you....dog saliva kills a multitude of germs but transfer is possible, albeit the same risk as if you were to give your dog a bone as a treat. We have one smaller dog that is brachycephalic (short jaw - flat faced). Due to his face shape and skin creases we wipe his face with a hot flannel....I confess this is not done after every meal albeit we do it frequently. This is more to prevent bacteria or skin issues for him but I guess it will also reduce risk of bacteria transfer from dog to human.
Both dogs here sniff recent urine (& occasional faeces) from other dogs. Like other dogs walked off leash they have been known to roll in dead fish, dead birds, fox faeces & cow faeces. They have eaten horse faeces, scavenge discarded food, drink from puddles walk in mud of unknown composition. I chuck them in the sea, hose them off or stick them in the shower.
Like most humans I can't say I have never had a tender stomach for reasons unclear to me but I have never been admitted to A&E with confirmed medical issues linked to our dogs.
We keep a relatively clean home, use spray bleach, anti-bacterial products etc. All homes have plenty of health hazards in the home and out of it....Fridge doors, internal door handles, toilet seats, taps, bins, towels....Dont get me started on supermarket trolleys, public use door handles, shared work use keyboards etc.
Yes there are risks but a little common sense & everyday hygiene provision will reduce these significantly.
Hope this adds perspective &/or reassures a little.