Dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems were designed to eat mainly a raw meat diet. A raw diet provides a range of benefits for both your pet and you!
Benefits of Feeding Raw
There are many benefits you will see in your pet if you decide to feed raw.
Teeth will be cleaner.
- Bone matter in the food helps naturally remove plaque and bacteria.
- No more brushing your dog’s teeth and significantly reduced vet bills due to gum disease or other dental issues.
- No more bad breath because of cleaner gums and teeth.
- 95% of dogs and cats will have dental problems requiring correction at some point in their lives; feeding raw is a great way to combat these problems.
Glossier and fuller coats.
- A raw diet has the potential to get rid of or reduce hot spots and allergies.
Pets produce less waste.
- A raw diet has no unnecessary filler, so the pet uses most of their meal with minimal waste, meaning there is less clean-up for the owner.
Pets are more energetic.
- Pets spend less of their energy on digestion, because the naturally high pH levels in their stomach can process raw food quicker.
Reduced foreign matter from pet’s digestive system.
- Less chance of pets contracting disease from their food.
- Hip dysplasia and arthritis are seen less in raw-fed dogs because of the high levels of calcium included in the diet.
Downsides of Kibble
The roots of processed commercial dog food can be founded in the 1860s. James Spratt noticed the dogs at London’s docks being fed hardtack biscuit and thought he could do better. He made a biscuit that consisted of wheat, vegetables, beetroot and beef stock. Eventually other dog food companies started up.
Kibble has developed over the years with an eye more towards marketing and convenience than nutritional needs of your pets. The majority of brands are owned by larger parent companies that own several different brands that might all be produced from the same factory.
Kibble is essentially a salt starch cracker coated with rendered protein and fats. Then sprayed with palate enhancers to make it appetizing to the dogs.
Rendered proteins in kibble come from many sources.
- The pet food industry is often used as a waste disposal system for the human food industry.
- Caution must be used when reading pet food labels.
- Some labels may list meat as the first ingredient, but are splitting the grain and carbohydrates into different types. In the end, the total amount of grains outweighs the amount of meat ingredients.
Kibble is high in carbohydrates.
- Can put excessive pressure on a pet’s organs, and can lead to diseases like pancreatitis and canine diabetes.
- Feeding kibble is essentially equivalent to eating a diet of junk food as a human.