Benefits of feeding raw

 

            •             Cleaner teeth, cleaner breath - reducing the need for professional cleaning with anesthetia

            •             Healthy digestive system

            •             Less waste (stool) with less odor

            •             Weight control, leading to greater overall health, reduced strain on major organs and joints

            •             Fewer Vet bills - pets are healthier

            •             Reduced chance of bloat compared to kibble

 

            •             Healthier immune system, resulting in:

                                     Reduction or disappearance of allergy symptoms (hot spots, excessive scratching and licking)

                                     Eye and ear problems alleviated

                                     Reduces bladder issues: stones, infections, etc.

                                     Faster recoveries from infections or infestations

                                     Minimizes arthritic conditions

                                     Skin is healthier, coats are shinier and shed less

                                     Reduces or eliminates hairballs

                                     Reduces chance of flea or tick infestation - a healthy animal just doesn’t taste as good!

                                     Less risk of major diseases - cancer, diabetes, etc.

                                     No more frequent diarrhea or constipation

 

            •             Behavior improvements include:

                                     Promotes calmness and confidence

                                     Reduction or elimination of phobic behaviors such as: aggression, moodiness, anxiety

                                    and fearful behavior

                                     Increased energy, endurance, alertness and attention; easier to train

                                     More affectionate

 

 

Are raw diets safe?

 

The concern about the presence of bacteria in raw food often worries pet owners and some conventional vets. They assume these bacteria will make pets sick. This is NOT the case. Compared to humans, dogs and cats have a very short digestive system ,  similar to that of a wolf. This means that foods are processed quickly -- before harmful bacteria have a chance to multiply and cause problems. Also, carnivores have a very high level of acidity in their digestive systems. This high acidity allows them to break down the nutrients in raw meats and bones and is hostile to bacteria.

 

Dogs and cats have evolved on a diet of raw meat and bones and they will thrive on it. A raw food diet consists of good quality, USDA-inspected and approved meats and bones, free-range or organic wherever possible.