Why Raw Food for Pets?
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• Stable, Healthy Weight
• Healthy Digestion
• Improved Immune System
• Reduced Allergy Symptoms
• Healthy Teeth
• Proper Endocrine Balance
• Improved Energy and
A Species-Appropriate, Ancestral Diet
Commercial dry and canned food diets for dogs and cats are only about 100 years old and
were originally developed to supplement a fresh food diet. Our pet’s digestive systems haven’t really changed in that time. For thousands of years before that they were eating real
food. For cats that meant the carcasses of animals they killed. For dogs that meant the carcasses of animals they killed or scavenged, and a little grazing on fruits and vegetables when
prey animals were scarce. A fresh food diet that recreates a prey carcass for your pet is the
most natural diet there is. They’re adaptable but the rate of chronic disease continues to rise
as we rely more and more on processed, starchy diets for them.
High heat cooking destroys a lot of the nutrients in food, changing the nutritional balance of
vitamins and minerals. This is why processed foods have these nutrients added artificially.
Enzymes are also destroyed by cooking. While our pets can supply some of the needed digestive enzymes from their pancreas, if they are fed processed diets for long periods of time
it can deplete the pancreas, creating a domino effect of illness in the body. If the diet is easier to digest, their body can better attend to other health issues such as allergies, joint problems, and immune dysfunction.
Is It Dangerous?
Feeding a raw diet is no more dangerous than feeding a commercial diet, common sense
food handling habits should be used for all pet foods. In addition, the microbes that worry us
are of no consequence to a cat or dog because their highly acidic stomach acid and short
digestive tract prevent these microbes from growing to problematic levels.
Can ALL Dogs & Cats Eat A Raw Diet?
The simple answer is no. All healthy cats and dogs should thrive on a raw diet. Unfortunately
some of our pets suffer from chronic illnesses that effect their digestive system. Many of
these animals, with careful monitoring, can eventually switch to a raw diet, but some pet’s
systems are too damaged to handle much of any change to their diet. Also, some pets are on
immune-suppressing treatments, such as those for cancer, which can put them at risk for
bacterial infections that would not be a risk to a healthy animal.
Is It Nutritionally Balanced?
There are many excellent prepared raw diets on the market that are as nutritionally complete as the best dry or canned diets. However, no diet is “complete” for every pet. Owners
must be sensible about feeding their pet, and be knowledgeable about the foods they are
feeding and how they meet the needs of their pet. Supplementation is an important way
adjust any diet to the individual pet’s needs. It is also important for owners to educate themselves about the basics of the raw food diets so if prepared from scratch it is done properly.