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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.
It is difficult to explain why the veterinary community continues to treat de-sexing and the associated glands and hormones only relevant to reproduction. It is no exaggeration to say that in modern human medicine and endocrinology testosterone is no longer a marginal hormone. Neither is it a lifestyle hormone for those men seeking eternal youth. Its deficiency leads to a serious deterioration of the health of men expressing itself in the metabolic syndrome and its sequels: diabetes mellitus type 2 and atherosclerotic disease, osteoporosis and sarcopenia, all strongly limiting physical independence in old age and accelerating morbidity and mortality.
Gut bacteria fall into three groups – the good, the bad and the indifferent. To put this more scientifically, the beneficial species (bifidobacteria and eubacteria together with lactobacilli and other lactic acid bacterial), the pathogenic and putrefacti
The endocrine system is made up of glands that make hormones to help our (parents and kids) bodies function properly. Hormones are the body's chemical messengers. Hormones carry information and instructions from one set of cells to another, basically, a network of glands that secrete chemicals. The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our and our fur kids’ bodies. We discuss the topic in greater detail.
An emotional topic, emotive and controversial. Almost as controversial as real food. Yet, few think about the consequences. Surely it is not good medicine when those who are supposed to guide and support pet parents insist that removing vital organs, which have many functions beyond reproduction, in order to prevent something that may or may not happen? We are all conditioned to believe that de-sexing our fur kids is perfectly normal and even important for multiple reasons. We discuss the topic in more detail.
A veterinarian may be wary of raw fooding due to lack of information or a negative experience with the diet, which includes treating pets who are malnourished due to an unbalanced raw diet. However, there are many vets who feel positively about real food and seek to educate pet parents, guardians and slaves - globally, Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Cathy Alinovi, and Dr. Patrick Mahaney to name a few - locally, checkout our growing directory!
It’s true that dogs live longer, but whether it is due to kibble, is big area of debate. Conversely, it can be also be argued that this increase in lifespan is due to the improved medical care that our beloved dogs and cats receive in today’s modern world. In our minds, this concept is rather misleading, as we are of the opinion that our fur kids are living longer today because of improved social status and advances in medical care. “Back in the day" dogs were not considered the valuable family members and companions they are today. Dogs were left outside to brave the elements. They were guardians of house, possessions, and livestock. Dogs had a purpose, a job, and when they could not do that job, they were retired or disposed of. Medical care for dogs was scant and typically unimportant, as more prestige was gained from being a livestock vet than a canine vet. Very little notice was given to the dog's health if it could still do what was asked of it. Canine kids’ longevity and quality of life has been decreasing for many breeds since the advent of processed grain-based food. People who remember the “old days” when dogs were fed raw meaty bones often report their dogs living well through their late teens. Nowadays it is a "miracle" and a testament to the "excellent nutrition" the fur kid must have received, and vets and commercial pet food companies claim this "miracle" as occurring often enough to become “commonplace”. Too bad most of the vets who remember the good old days have now retired or even moved on.
In our opinion, this myth has been perpetuated by McKibble and McCan to discourage pet parents from fooding real food. The truth is that some commercial feed can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer, and allergies or allergic reactions, such as skin rash. Additionally, store bought, or veterinarian sold, kibble can include a long list of ingredients that are not so healthy for your pets. Many dry dog feed contain animal by-product (waste), otherwise known as the waste items humans won’t or shouldn’t eat, as well as grain or grain by-products (waste), such as corn meal or wheat. These by-products can contribute to health problems for your pet because they are not part of their natural diet. Unfortunately, feed manufactured in other countries, especially Asian countries, can contain other harmful ingredients, which can be very hazardous to your pet’s health. Read the Raw Feeding Veterinary Societies (RFVS) opinion on this topic, titled WSAVA Problem 3 Nutritional Deficiency and Excess (https://rfvs.info/rfvs-position-statement-2019/).
In our minds, this truly is a fad that is designed to take unknowing pet parents' money and make a big profit. The idea that Salukis should have mostly goats’ milk, dates, and only a tiny amount of meat because there is hardly any meat in the region they come from, is rather preposterous. These claims fail to consider that all dogs have the same internal anatomy and physiology and the same nutritional needs despite size and breed. For example, view the different skulls of dogs; all of them have the same kinds of teeth that dictate carnivore. If we look at this further from a practical, common sense point of view, we are faced with a powerful question: What about mutts? If dogs have “evolved" in that short time period to eat only the foods from the regions in which they were developed, then what do you feed a dog that has a variety of different dogs contained in its heritage? Most of the time people can only guess what breeds of dogs contributed to their loving pet, and if dogs had to be fed a designer diet, they would be at a loss for what to feed it. Thankfully, canine heritage and nature herself point to the proper answer: feed a raw natural diet.
In our opinion, this myth has been perpetuated by McKibble and McCan to discourage pet parents from fooding real food. It is true that few research projects involve real food. However, the “no scientific research” declaration is a standard cop-out claim that has been used to "debunk" raw diets and in the process economise the truth regarding commercial pet food and associated industry. But one must realise that there is no evidence, whatsoever, to prove that kibble or processed foods are good for your fur kids as well! So, let’s make sure you are comfortable with this concept - no long-term research has been done to determine the long-term effects of feeding kibble, nor to determine if it is actually healthy for your dog, as the norm is to just assume it is healthy because it has passed a 6 month feeding trial, after which manufacturers will advertise their product as healthy, nor to determine if raw diets is better or worse than kibble, and so the list continues. Read the Raw Feeding Veterinary Societies position statement, WSAVA Problem 1: The Lack of Documentary Evidence of the Health Benefits of RMBDs here (https://rfvs.info/rfvs-position-statement-2019/).
This myth is a corollary of “Fooding Raw places your pack at risk of salmonella (or other bugs)” myth. Within the veterinary profession there is a very vocal lobby opposing the concept of real raw food. The anti-raw-food lobby is keen to point out that raw foods are laden with bacteria and pose a risk for both the pet and the owner. 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.
This myth has a corollary in “dogs and cats have evolved into omnivores” and “cats and dogs are obligate scavengers’” myths. This myth is another perpetuation where if the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. Species behave in their own way, regardless of its genetic similarity to some other species. For a longer or shorter time, the species "dog" has been living in its own ecological niche and has become adapted to that niche. No matter what it started out as, and no matter when it stopped being a whatever else it was, the dog is now a dog, a facultative carnivore.
The size of your dog (or cat) does not mean they are “more or less” suited to real food, it simply means you would need to adjust the size of the foods or portions you give them. For small dogs and kittens, choose smaller cuts of meat and cut portions into smaller chunks to help them chew more easily if you make your own. For example, you might give smaller pets raw mince portions or pure meat chunks, combined with smaller chunks of vegetables. Sizing also applies to larger pets, who are at risk of choking on smaller chunks of food. In these cases, larger cuts of meat, fish or portion sizes are more suitable for them. 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. Our fooding calculator can help you understand just how much you should be fooding your pet.