What’s wrong with dry or canned food?
In a nutshell, almost everything. Dogs and cats evolved to be predatory 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.
So why do so many people feed their pets kibble?
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 as a critical part to thriving health.
Is a raw diet safe?
Yes, when the meat comes from 100% grass-fed animals and pasture-raised animals and is processed in a safe, clean facility. At home, store and handle with care as you would any meat. Dogs and cats have a natural ability to digest raw meat, and their stronger stomach acids can handle bacteria that ours can’t.
Why don’t all vets recommend a raw diet?
Traditional 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, there are proactive and integrative wellness veterinarians recommending raw diets to their clients.
How do I transition my pet to raw food?
Slowly. Start with 10% raw and 90% old the first day after a short fast of 1/2 – 1 day. Everything tastes better when you are hungry! Increase the new raw food by 5% to 10% a day. Learn more here.
What side effects are normal when beginning a raw diet?
Almost all animals experience a transient loose stool. It’s not a problem if this doesn’t happen, nor is it considered “getting sick.” It is simply part of the cleansing process. Once the diet is established, loose stool should subside.