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We believe that pet parents are passionate when it comes to the subject of what they feed their fur-kids, and with good reason. A good diet can contribute to a long and healthy life and even psychological well-being for our fur-kids and likewise for our pet parents. Our moto: Happy Pets = Happy Parents! The question you are trying to answer;- what is the best food to feed domesticated dogs or cats? While the majority of pet parents feed commercial grain-based kibble or canned food, many pet parents like you, today, are looking for healthier options. And the net is full of materials to help you, and confuse you, when it comes to natural feeding.
Not too mention all of the confusing terms! Why do we refer to natural diets? In our minds, raw is complete, and therefore natural, as designed by nature, and not broken. Raw, in today's convenience society, seems to indicate part of something, and not complete. But natural contains all the parts needed (as designed), therefore complete (or whole), so we advocate natural pet cuisine, or if you want to knit-pick, biologically specie appropriate natural raw pet cuisine.
In all fairness, and in our opinion, costs will depend on the outcome you want to achieve. If you are transitioning your dog (or cat) from a low cost, generic store-bought feed to real food, chances are that it won’t cost much more. If you are transitioning from high-end imported feed, then you will find it costs less or similar. It is like project management, nobody ever has the time and money to implement a project correctly the first time, yet, they always seem to have money and time to fix it the second time? Of course, we all wish that money was no object when it came to our fur kids. Many pet parents believe that spending money now will prevent the costs associated with health problems later. Based on our experience, in the long run, fooding real food will cost less than you think, as you need to factor in cost deferral or avoidance with reference to veterinary services and many other health related issues (arthritis, allergies, diabetes, bad teeth, etc).
It does not have to be! The wonderful thing about raw fooding is that you can make it work for you and your lifestyle, preparing as much or as little raw food as you see fit or need for your pack. Supplementing your home-prepared ingredients with packaged (pre-made) raw foods is an option many people take. At Raw Food for Pets, we offer Doggobone, Simply Pets, Dogmatters and Raw Love Pet pre-made meals that makes this easy, with raw food formats to suit all needs, ranging from pure meat portions and minces to complete and balanced meals. This means that, whether you want to prepare fruits and vegetables yourself to add to raw meat, or simply open a pre-prepared pack of complete raw food, you can rest assured that your pet is getting a top-quality raw food diet via us, delivered across Gauteng daily. Our raw and natural treat selection is another uncomplicated way of introducing your pet to a raw and natural diet packed with nutritional benefits.
Societies pathological fear of the unknown. Indeed, another myth, in our opinion, that has been perpetuated by McKibble and McCan to discourage pet parents from fooding real food. Firstly, our pet parents, guardians and slaves must understand that the risk in fooding a raw diet is not as simple as being touted by the "anti-raw" movement. ALL foods have some degree of risk, so the question isn't whether risk exists. The question is whether the risk is unacceptable. The reality is that ALL foods carry some type of risk, from the meal out of a 5-star restaurant kitchen, to the hotdog from the roadside stall, to the chicken and eggs you buy from your favourite retail outlet. Secondly, canines and felines are not humans. They have a disparate digestive tract and process. For example, we can eat all the onion we want without harm, but some dogs can get anaemic from a single, small portion of them. We can eat many slabs of chocolate and merely get fat or nauseous, while dogs can die from even a lesser amount. We can get extremely sick from raw meat, while our pets thrive on it as their natural diet. Again, they are not human.
In our opinion, this myth has been perpetuated by McKibble and McCan to discourage pet parents from fooding real food. It is true that just feeding a juicy steak won’t provide all the nutrients needed to thrive, but this is not what we provide and advocate. Fooding real food requires a variety of proteins and meals to provide all the vitamins and minerals needed for optimum nutrition. Meals can also be formulated using real food to meet the minimum requirements defined through the National Research Councils (NRC) nutritional profiles for canine and feline all life stages. There are no nutrients in processed food that your dog (or cat) cannot get from natural, whole foods. What’s more, the additives and fillers in commercial pet feed offer little nutritional benefit to your pet and are often used as a means of bulking feed out. This means that your dog may be filling up on feed that isn’t as nutritionally abundant as natural, raw foods.
In our opinion, the presence of worms is not just related to raw food, but many other life events. It is an unfortunate reality of life, worms can invade your dog’s (or cat) body when they smell, drink, lick, and ingest dirt, rotten meat, trash and even poop. If your dog play around in the backyard or walks around where other dogs can defecate, you might not even notice how they pick up unseen worm eggs or larvae. Dogs can also pass worms to other dogs, and even humans, simply through normal socialization.
In our opinion, we agree that not all bones are suitable for dogs. Small, fine bones that may splinter and cooked (or dried) bones that are brittle can pose a danger to your dog’s health. Contrary to believe, raw bones are very safe for your dog’s consumption. They are easier for your dog to chew and digest, unlike cooked or dried bones, or rawhides, which can be a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage. It is important to remember if you are fooding your dog a raw bone it should be the appropriate size for your pet. Don’t feed a large dog bones that are too small, or a smaller dog a bone that is too large. However, any proponent of raw fooding will tell you that bones of those types aren’t included in a raw meat diet for dogs. Wild dogs and wolves gnaw on raw bones to get essential calcium and to help to keep their teeth clean and strong. Providing that you choose “safe” bones and prepare them correctly to match your dog’s size and life stage, they make up an essential, healthy, highly palatable addition to your dog’s diet.
In our opinion, there are no “bad” dogs, just bad humans (pet parents / guardians). We are not sure what the concept of “bloodthirsty” means, exactly, considering that dogs are “hunters”, and so are cats? How does fooding a dog what it was designed to be fed make it bloodthirsty? Dogs are carnivorous predators, or a term we prefer, facultative carnivorous predators, or if you subscribe to the Raw Feeding Veterinary Societies (RFVS) definition, “captive carnivores”. A dog that chases things (with or without killing them) is just being true to what it is: a dog. Fooding a dog meat is not going to turn a dog into some vicious animal that will attack every living thing that moves. Except, of course, Count Dracula’s hound Zoltan …
Kidneys are vital organs that have been tasked to take waste out of our, and our fur kids, blood, balancing body fluids, and making pee. Kidneys act as the body’s waste filtration system. They have the same function as your human kidneys. Kidney (renal) disease occurs when kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood correctly. Over time, the “waste” build-up in the body, which can cause additional health problems, and eventually lead to kidney failure. In mutts, pups, nobles and masters, the kidneys use about 20 percent of their heart’s blood to operate. Unlike the liver, kidneys cannot rejuvenate.
Diabetes (not just in cats and dogs) is a disease reaching epidemic proportions across the globe. Most cases in our pets are like what is called Type 2 diabetes in pet parents (humans), which means that weight (yes obese pets) and diet (those lovely sugar-loaded McKibble and McCan) are major factors in the development and control of the disease. Diabetes affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is the body’s main source of fuel.
Ticks and fleas are horrible and annoying bugs, hard to get rid of, hard to live with, and just downright weird! I mean, think about it: They suck your blood, so they’re basically vampires, and when you look at them under a microscope, they look like aliens. Or perhaps some kind of twisted mutant. Weirdest of all, in some cases, a bite from the lone star tick can trigger an allergy to red meats in both dogs and pet parents!
Many of us have become familiar with the various cannabinoids (cannabis-like compounds) contained within the cannabis plant due to increased media marketing and social media on this topic lately. Did you now that there are at least 110 different phyto-cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant! The most well-known major cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the euphoric compound that “gets you high.” We discuss the topic in greater detail.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) functions the same way in people as it does in dogs, cats and other animals. As a matter of fact, ALL mammals have an Endocannabinoid System. This includes horses, rabbits, monkeys, dolphins and elephants to name a few. A large amount of research is currently being undertaken around the world to find out how exactly the ECS might be utilized in the treatment of different chronic diseases. We discuss the topic in greater detail.