Why Feed a Raw Food Diet to your Pet?
The digestive system of dogs and cats in the wild was designed to handle a variety of foods including flesh, internal organs and stomach contents of their prey. The combination of these foods provided a diet that was rich in high quality protein, enzymes, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. While we have domesticated our animals, their digestive tract has remained the same, so eating a raw diet is very natural for them and beneficial to their health.
Your pet is no different from you when it comes to the relationship of a high quality varied diet and its impact on optimum health, performance and longevity. A diet of human grade and USDA certified meats, grains, vegetables and herbs insure that no unwanted by-products, antibiotics, hormones and toxins are introduced into your pet's diet.
Raw foods help your pet maintain a healthy pH balance and enzyme level in their stomach and digestive tract. E. coli and salmonella which are found on some raw meats does not pose a problem for our pets because their intestinal tract is much shorter than the human one and was designed to handle raw food and certain bacteria. Raw meats properly prepared and minimally processed are high in Essential Fatty Acids. These fatty acids are attained in the wild naturally from the carcasses of prey animals. Along with Essential Fatty Acids, live enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants and friendly bacteria are found in a readily absorbable form in raw meats and predigested grains and vegetable materials. Minerals are scientifically found in abundance and in nature's own ratio in the uncooked bones of animals. Not only does giving your dog a bone make them happy; it may well be the best thing you can do to provide for their nutritional well being.
Today, there are a variety of options in feeding raw diets including pre-packaged frozen dinners, dehydrated complete meals, raw diet pre-mixes or making a homemade diet from scratch. Whichever route you choose, look for the best quality human grade meats, vegetables and grains, preferably organic. For more detailed information, visit our Nutrition Articles, Super Foods Pet Market Healthy Diet recommendations, Dr. Harvey's and Raw Advantage Learn More Pages.