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 doesnt 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
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.