During hunting season many raw feeders question if they can feed their pet wild game. Open season begins in the fall and closes in the spring where there is a variety of game meats, raw meaty bones, and organs a raw feeder can include in their pet’s raw diet.
Benefits of Wild Game
There are multiple benefits to feeding wild game to a pet, with two main benefits to feeding game meats being superior nutrition and cost reduction. Here are 4 more benefits to feeding wild game:
Pitfalls of Wild Game
Although wild game provides multiple benefits, there are some key issues to take into consideration when feeding game meats.
Steps to Feeding Wild Game
Sourcing wild game to include in a pet’s raw diet may seem intimidating in the beginning, but if when equipped with the appropriate knowledge on feeding wild game, this 5 step process will have raw feeders feeding pets game meats in no time!
Step 1: Always Select Safe Wild Game Proteins
There are many different species of wild game beneficial to feed in a raw diet. Select animals lower on the food chain to decrease the risk of biomagnification. Herbivorous species are always safe to feed because they are at the bottom of the food chain.
Wild Game Hunting Seasons
Each type of game animal will be seasonal and regional to each location throughout the world.
Step 2: Always Avoid Carnivorous Game Meats
Not all wild game is suitable to feed a pet. Carnivores higher on the food chain risks biomagnification, which is the increase or amplification of a toxic substance in body tissues due to exposure, placement in the food chain, and the body’s ability to break down and pass the substance.
Species at the top of the food chain have higher concentrations of heavy metals and pesticides. In addition to biomagnification, carnivores have a higher risk for parasites and diseases. Many parasites in carnivores are freeze-resistant and the diseases fatal.
Step 3: Thoroughly Inspect All Game Meats
Although wild game provides superior nutrition to farmed meat, there are aspects of wild game to be aware of. Wild animals are exposed to many diseases, parasites, and pathogens which poses risks to pets if the appropriate caution is not taken.
Questionable Wild Game
When in doubt, throw it out! There is no point in feeding wild game if something looks questionable.
Step 4: Freeze Game Meats for Three Weeks
Preparation of game meats is necessary prior to feeding any wild meat, raw meaty bones, or organs to a dog or cat. All wild game should be frozen for three weeks prior to feeding. Freezing wild game is a preventative measure against parasites such as trichinellosis.
Step 5: Feed & Watch Your Pet Enjoy Their Meal
After the wild game meats have completed their time in the freezer for three weeks, it is time to assemble meals and feed a pet! All wild game provides multiple items to be used in a raw diet:
Raw Meaty Bones
Wild game is a great option to add in high-quality ingredients into a pet’s raw diet. However, there are a few variables to be aware of when feeding wild game. When raw feeders follow the five steps above to feeding wild game their pets will gain the benefits through their raw diet:
There are many other wild species throughout the world that can be fed in a raw diet. Species of herbivorous classification will ensure a safe option for raw feeding, but always follow local hunting and trapping laws if and when obtaining wild game.