Benefits of Raw

Benefits of True Raw Dog Food

Just as processed food has contributed to human health issues, processed pet foods have done the same for dogs and cats. Veterinarians routinely see chronic conditions such as obesity, allergies and diabetes in dogs today that were much less common in the past. Our companion animals require fresh, vital foods to maintain vibrant health.

Better health

Feeding your dog a raw diet is an obvious choice when considering your pet’s wellbeing. Check out some of the amazing health benefits of feeding your dog a raw food diet:

  1. Cleaner teeth and fresher breath
  2. A leaner, more muscular build
  3. Cleaner, healthier ears
  4. Vibrant, calm energy
  5. Glowing coats and shining eyes

A sustainable choice

Another major benefit of feeding raw is lowering our ecological foot, and paw, prints. It may not seem earthshaking, but the simple truth is that what’s good for our pets, and for us, is also good for the environment.

A raw diet is better utilized by dogs’ and cats’ bodies, which means smaller stools and cleaner litter boxes. Less work for you and less waste in our landfills!

Our practices and products:

  • use primarily locally grown or raised ingredients that are 100% grass-fed, free-range or organic
  • utilize human-grade animal parts, such as organ meats that, while perfectly safe for us to eat, are not particularly favored by humans, reducing waste
  • minimize packaging and maximize efficiency

history of raw food

“Dogs and cats are by nature carnivores. Kitties are obligate carnivores. Dogs are scavenging carnivores” ~ Dr. Karen Becker

In fact, until 65 or so years ago, our domestic pets ate what we did, usually in the form of leftovers and table scraps. Dry, pelletized pet foods—kibble—was unknown until the mid 20th century.

Convenience and marketing, rather than animal health, drove the growth of the commercial pet food industry as we know it. Now, many vets are making the connection between pet disease and diet, just as healthcare professionals have shown us how our own dietary choices affect our health, and our companion animals suffer with obesity, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and many other human diseases.

Raw food for dogs is 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. It’s 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. And it’s the diet that lets dogs be their happiest and healthiest.

Fun fact: 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!

Yes, when the meat comes from 100% grass-fed and pasture raised animals and is processed in a safe, clean commercial kitchen. At home, store and handle raw dog fare just as you would any meat. Of course, these precautions are for us humans — dogs and cats are designed to digest raw meat, and their stronger stomach acids can handle bacteria that ours can’t.

Vet schools don’t focus on the role of diet in disease prevention; in addition, large pet food companies wield a lot of power in those schools. However, proactive and integrative veterinarians are recommending raw diets.

In a nutshell, almost everything. Dogs evolved to be scavenging carnivores and cats obligate carnivores. When fed a diet of commercial, over-processed food, their health and vitality suffers and they are prone to a host of chronic degenerative diseases.

In a word, convenience. It’s easy and it seems economical – until you add up what you spend on vet bills later. The reality is, food is a complex energy source and, until recently, food has not been thought of a critical part to thriving health.

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