Some Like It Hot
Adding a little bit of hot water to your pooch or kitty's raw meal can provide numerous benefits for their health and well-being, not to mention opening up their appetite. The steam rising from the food is a great trigger for those picky eaters. Putting in a splash of hot water can also make a significant difference in terms of nutrient absorption, digestion, and hydration.
One of the main benefits of adding hot water is that it helps to release nutrients and flavors that may be locked inside the food. This is particularly important for raw food, which can sometimes be harder for dogs to digest than cooked food. With hot water, the food becomes softer and easier to chew, allowing for better nutrient absorption and digestion.
Additionally, adding hot water can help to keep dogs hydrated. Many dogs do not drink enough water throughout the day, which can lead to dehydration and other health problems.There are also dental benefits to adding hot water. Chewing on hard food can cause wear and tear on a dog's teeth, leading to dental issues over time. By adding hot water, the food becomes softer and easier to chew, reducing the risk of dental problems.
That said, there is no right or wrong way to serve raw. I mix it up with my dog, sometimes frozen which gives him a satisfying chew, other times I thaw it, and when he gets picky, I pour a little hot water to stimulate his appetite. All to say: you have options. So why not have it your way?