A fresh food diet vs A processed food diet for your pets: You decide.
William Pollak, DVM
Survival is insured by commercial food; nothing more; not health, not the robustness for life.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FEEDING RAW?
Some of our favorite ‘feel-good’ moments are seeing exuberantly excited & happy dogs walk into our store with their equally excited human to pick up their second, third, fourth and even tenth order of fresh food!
To tell you all the benefits of feeding fresh food to our pets would result in us writing an essay, so instead we picked some of our favourites.
• Boosted immune system – stronger disease resistance
• No more ‘doggy’ odour – dogs smell fresh, clean
• Healthy skin & shiny coat
• Clean teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath
• Improved digestion – no more ‘irritable bowels’/diarrhoea
• Smaller stool & much less stinky!
• Fewer or no fleas & less scratching/itching
• All-round increased energy & vitality
• Old dogs get ‘younger’ – arthritis and inflammation lessens
• Dogs (and cats) look forward to their meals!
WHAT IS PROCESSED FOOD?
To put this lightly, it’s not food. “Discovered” in the early 1900’s as an answer to wartime meat shortages, companies such as Nestle and Purina began creating commercial “kibble” and canned pet food. The ingredients in these foods included moldy grains, rancid restaurant grease (dogs like the smell!), diseased animal tissue, and “animal meal” which can include ground feathers, claws, blood, and fecal matter, just to name a few.
Companies making kibble nowadays have amped up their marketing – still hiding what they are truly putting in their so called “food”. They target specific markets by catering to activity levels, age levels, health issues…. you name it. Who is really making your so called “pet food” and what are they putting in it?
Grains are not a part of a dog’s natural diet – in fact, dogs have difficulty in digesting grains. Kibble is usually very high in grain content. Why? Grains are inexpensive (compared to meat). However, a high grain diet can cause insulin swings and overwork the pancreas. Grain-free kibbles are often not much better, being filled with potatoes, peas and other starchy vegetables.
DIET TESTS DONE
Tested over the centuries by wild dogs that have continued to thrive in the wild by feasting on their prey (stomach, organs, intestines, muscle meat, bones, and stomach contents consisting of predigested root vegetables, grasses, fruits and berries).
Not tested by any long term feeding trials, commercial “kibble” and canned pet foods were “discovered” in the 1950′s. Companies like Heinz, Nestle et al created a “niche” for their left-over “not fit for human consumption” foods. The results? We are seeing the rise in allergies, pancreatic and thyroid problems, dysplasia, and other degenerative diseases.