Feeding Your Pets the Primal Way!
It is my pleasure to introduce my friend Spencer, an animal nutrition consultant! She did this awesome guest blog post for me all about the benefits of feeding your dog or cat a raw and species specific natural diet. Did you know that dogs and cats do not do well with corn, soy, and wheat either? My little furbaby Finley will appreciate this!
What is a Raw Diet?
- Carnivores have the teeth and digestive tract to deal with a diet of animal origin.
- Carnivores are dependent upon their prey to digest plant matter and convert it into usable, highly nutritious and easily digestible muscle meat, organs, bones, etc. This dependence is critical to their survival.
- Carnivores have short, simple digestive tracts. They do not have the type of teeth needed to break down plants, nuts, seeds or other non-meat sources of nutrients on their own.
- Raw muscle meat
- Uncooked bone
- Raw organ meats
- A small amount of green vegetation
- Bioavailability is very different than digestibility – digestibility studies measure amount of input (food consumed) and amount of output (fecal matter). The studies do not address whether or not the food source is readily available and usable by the body.
- The key to good nutrition is not nutrients per se. It is the usefulness of the nutrients.
- A raw diet returns our pets to a diet rich in biologically appropriate ingredients.
- AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) does not deal with bioavailability of nutrients in any way.
- A longer life span
- Decreased occurrence of debilitating disease at an earlier age
- Lower veterinary bills and dental problems
- An overall increase in energy
- Shinier, healthier skin and coats
- Cleaner teeth and fresher breath
- Better weight control
- Improved digestion
- Reduction of allergy symptoms
- Smaller, less smelly stools
- Decrease in abnormal hyperactivity
- Increased mobility in older animals