More and more professionals in the world of dogs and cats (breeders, vets, sports competitors) are advocating a second look at what we feed our animals. Why? Because there is a growing belief that cats and dogs need a raw, natural diet in order to be healthy and that commercial pet foods cannot supply the nutrients necessary for good health and long lives.
What Should Carnivores Eat?
Proper nutrition is vital to good health. In nature, it is live foods that truly nourish both people and animals. If your animals are to thrive, they need the live enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants and unadulterated amino acids, vitamins and minerals that only Raw Food can provide. While commercial pet foods are convenient, most contain sub-standard or condemned meats. This is allowed by our FDA for pet foods.
Cats and dogs are carnivores, yet most dry pet foods are at least 50% (or more) grains, which are needed to hold food together as a binder. The Merck Veterinary Manual tells us, that dogs and cats have “No dietary requirement for carbohydrate.” If grains were the primary nutrient source you would see dogs and cats eating stalks of corn and heads of wheat.
Raw Diets simulate the menu that nature intended carnivores to eat, which include some bone, some organ meats and some vegetation contained in the digestive tract. That’s natures perfect meal-the meal raw diets replicate.
Are Raw Diets Safe?
Dogs and cats are NOT humans. They have a very different digestive tract and process. We can get sick from eating raw meat, while our pet thrives on it. Dogs and cats have a much shorter digestive system than we do, which means that foods are processed quickly- before harmful bacteria have a chance to multiply and cause problems.
A Raw Food Diet consists of good quality USDA inspected and approved meats and bones, the ingredients used in all the Raw Food Diets that we carry,
Stella & Chewy’s and Bravo!
Foods to Avoid
1. Onions- can cause Hemolytic Anemia even when used in small amounts whether cooked, raw or dehydrated in cats and dogs.
2. Chocolate - The theobromine in chocolate is toxic to dogs.
3. Yeast - in any form. Dogs do not tolerate yeast very well and it can lead to, or exacerbate, certain health problems.
4. White Potatoes - feed sparingly. Never feed raw if the skins are sprouted or have green skins.
5. Grains - dogs and cats are carnivores not grain eaters. They derive their energy from fats and protein. In addition, grains break down into sugars in the body and sugars feed unhealthy conditions like cancer, obesity, diabetes, and some skin problems.
6. Dairy Products - Milk and its derivatives are not natural foods for an adult animal. They are not digested well at all. Full fat yogurts and cottage cheese are the exceptions.
Noticeable benefits of a Raw Diet
1. One effect of a raw diet will become quickly apparent -- a large reduction in stool as well as a significant reduction in stool odor. Stools from dogs and cats on raw diets tend to be smaller and harder due to the fact that the animal is actually utilizing most of what it is eating.
2. A healthier and more compact stool will reduce the risk of anal gland impaction or infection, and allow the pet to release their anal glands naturally as intended.
3.Water consumption on a raw diet normally decreases because of the high moisture content in the raw foods, so do not become alarmed if your animal begins drinking less.
4. Your animal will be eating the diet that nature intended it to eat, not a man-made kibble, which can lead to obesity and other problems.
5. Raw food companies, ( Stella & Chewy’s and Bravo! and Nature’s Variety ) are highly conscious of the quality of the ingredients in your pets food. All ingredients are antibiotic and hormone free as well as being produced locally so there is no risk of any products coming from CHINA. All produce is organically grown and harvested from local organic farmers.
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