Benefits of a Raw Diet
Confused on whether to feed your dog or cat a raw diet? I can understand why with all the mixed opinions and the warnings from veterinarians, it’s no wonder why people are skeptical or afraid to try their beloved animals on a raw diet.
Veterinarians will tell you that you and your dog will be at risk for harmful bacteria, such as, salmonella, but did you know that all the cases in which humans or animals got sick from eating or handling pet food was from processed kibble and not commercially prepared raw pet food? The problem with kibble is that people have this false sense of security when handling kibble. Many do not wash their hands or their pets dishes after feeding kibble. Dirty dishes can cause harmful bacteria to grow and potentially cause illness. They have been far more pet food recalls on kibble (and people have gotten sick) than commercially prepared raw pet food. Some raw food manufactures use a technique called High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP). This process kills harmful pathogens, such as, salmonella and makes raw food much safer to handle.
Think of it this way, like us, eating raw, unprocessed foods is better than eating processed foods, like cereal. Same goes for our pets. Think of kibble as cereal, which is sort of is. It’s processed to take on it’s shape and stay together. Processed foods, such as kibble are not as easily broken down and absorbed and digestion takes longer. Cooking of the kibble causes some nutrient loss, especially with kibbles cooked at higher temperatures. Dogs and cats are carnivores. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they must get their protein from meat. Though dogs can survive on a meatless diet, they do not thrive on one. Dogs have short digestive tracts for digesting meat and bone and a dentition set up for ripping and tearing meat and crushing bone. They are not well equipped to digest grains like humans with long digestive tracts.
There are many benefits to feeding your dog or cat a raw food diet. The benefit you will notice right away is improved digestion with smaller, firmer stools. This is extremely beneficial to pets with chronic loose stools. Nutrients in raw food are better absorbed by the body and therefore, vitamins and minerals are more bio-available, which has many benefits to the body. Better absorption of nutrients will lead to an improved immune system that is better at fighting off disease. This can lead to less trips to the veterinarian and potentially saving money in the long term. Pets that are fed raw tend to have better oral health, with healthier gums and whiter teeth with less tarter build up. This is due to the enzymes found in raw meat that reduce plaque and tarter build up. The skin and coat will be greatly improved, with less shedding and your pet will be less prone to contracting fleas. You will see a sparkle in your pet’s eyes, because feeding a raw diet will increase his energy level and vitality. He will look forward to his meals and will love you for it!
There are healthier options when choosing a kibble diet and we offer many of them, but if you really want the best for your fur kids, please consider a raw food diet.