Why a Raw FOOD DIET IS BEST FOR YOUR PET
What are you currently feeding your pet?
You may think that feeding your pet dry food from a fancy bag is the way to go. Processed pet foods are everywhere and they are marked as being “optimal” and “complete”.
And why wouldn’t you go this way? It’s a convenient, easy and cheap option.
But have you ever explored the differences between a dry and raw diet for your pet?
Let’s take a deeper dive into the reality of the pet food industry.
Processed Pet FoodsHave you ever considered what goes into a meat based product that can be shelved for weeks and even months, in an open bag and a hot climate?
The ingredients used in processed pet food can be full of toxicity in the form of herbicides, pesticides, diseased tissue or rancid ingredients. Even added colours and chemicals are evident in many processed pet foods - some of which could be causing serious health issues, including cancer and hypersensitivity reactions.
What’s alarming is that pet foods are allowed to contain diseased animal material and meat ingredients sourced from non-slaughtered animals - with no disclosure requirement. The FDA says, “Processed pet food, including pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, goes through high heat processing, which is designed to kill harmful bacteria...”
Hmmmmmmmmm anyone else questioning feeding their family pets foods without knowing EXACTLY what goes into it?
Many of the nutrients in processed pet foods such as kibble, are lost during the high-heat process, so flavour enhancers and synthetic nutrients are added to replace what has been lost.
Grains and other high starch carbohydrates like corn, wheat, rice and/or potato make up the majority of ingredients in kibble. This creates metabolically stressful insulin, glucagon and cortisol spikes throughout the day. The high carb content also contributes to the growing epidemic of pet obesity.
Furthermore, there’s a risk for bacteria to be present in dry pet food. Storage mites can multiply rapidly and from this, pets can develop a hypersensitivity, resulting in problems such as itchy inflamed skin, hair loss and ear infections - to name a few.
Considering these facts are important as a pet owner. Dogs and cats in the wild don’t eat from a dry bag of kibble or canned pet food. They are designed to be predators, scavengers and survive on real, raw food.
Raw Pet Food
Unless you want a fat dog or cat that ends up with a health condition possibly related to diet and nutrition, it’s important that you consider a raw diet.
The raw diet is one that is often questioned by pet owners. However, you are able to confidently feed your pet raw when you are armed with the right information. And the best way to do this is by consulting experts in this field.
Bella & Boots Raw Pet Food was collectively created with Dr Renee and the other holistic Vets from The Natural Vets. We wanted professional advice from Dr Renee every step of the way throughout the process in producing quality raw food for pets at Bella & Boots. Together we formulated THE best food for dogs and cats.
Dr Renee has been recommending raw diets to most of her patients for almost two decades, watching over this time as raw diets have assisted in CURING illness and problems in pets, Not causing them.
Humans are actually the only species to cook their food — and while your loving pups may be like family, that doesn’t mean they should eat like we do!
So what does a raw diet entail? Do I just throw some raw steak into my furry friend's bowl before I put mine on the BBQ?
The optimal diet for dogs includes fresh, whole foods made from human-grade ingredients. They should be grass-fed, free-range and organic, if possible.
The optimal diet for your dog also includes healthy fats, high moisture (around 70%) and is a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and other nutrients. A great way to feed this balanced diet is with raw food.
A raw diet for dogs includes simply fresh, whole foods that are uncooked and minimally processed. Meats and greens that are fresh, uncooked and wild make up the diet that dogs and cats evolved to eat and what canine species in the wild still eat.
Raw food is more easily absorbed and contains vital naturally occurring enzymes and vitamins that cooking destroys. Living foods that are unprocessed, fresh and whole enable our pets to thrive. A raw diet lets our loveable friends be their happiest and healthiest.
So what are the benefits of a raw diet?
With a whole foods, minimally-processed diet, your dog reportedly experience: Leaner, more muscular build.
- Nearly 60% of dogs are overweight or obese based on body condition scoring, which leads to a number of related conditions.
- Skin & coat improvements
- Cleaner teeth & fresher breath
- Less odors
- Vibrant, calm energy
Dr Renee says, if you feed your pet the diet they are designed to eat then you will have a raw pet food diet, you’ll have a happier and healthier pet for life. Less prone to skin infections, allergies, ear infections and other chronic disease processes that we see far too often these days.