When you pet vomits it can be a very alarming incident. Immediately you think “Is something you ate?”, "Are you sick?" and then the sympathy sets in and you feel bad for pour sick Fido.
A good deal of disagreement exists within the veterinary profession about the proper diet for dogs, some nutritionists advocating meat and fat rations and questioning the need for carbohydrates, and others describing a necessity for carbohydrates and suggesting deleterious effects from high meat protein diets. The proliferation of commercial dog food products and the hyperbolic television advertising associated with them have compounded the dilemma for the veterinarian and the dog-owning public.
We all know that people need real, whole, minimally processed foods in order to thrive. So do dogs and cats. I’m sure no one here would want their children to live exclusively on a diet of only processed foods, like Special K¬ or Total¬ cereals. Why would you want your dogs or cats to eat only highly processed foods? Dogs and cats, like people, to be at their best, need a variety of whole minimally processed foods: meats, vegetables and fruits containing natural enzymes, phytochemicals and flavonoids.
Canine and feline nutritional requirements reflect evolutionary experience extending hundreds of thousands of years into the past. Until recently, dogs and cats always ate a diet based upon real, raw foods. Scientists are learning more every day about the values of phytochemicals, enzymes, antioxidants, bioflavonoids and essential fatty acids, especially the Omega-3s. Recent research, for example, is focusing on the cancer fighting properties of phytochemicals. There are tens of thousands of phytochemicals, which occur naturally in vegetables and fruits.
This is a very legitimate concern, and is often the first question pet owners have. It is an easy question to answer. Properly prepared raw meat-based diets are very safe for dogs and cats, and appear to have a better safety record than processed grain-based foods.
It is common to think that if your dog or cat is eating grass it is a sign they are sick or there is a nutrient lacking in their diet that they are naturally craving. The latter is partially true. In Jack Sommars article “Why Does My Dog Eat Grass” on PetsMatter.com, he explains that wolves, the dogs ancester, are drawn to grass because it has intestinal parasites that will help control worms.
For some 25 years I have alerted the public to the dangers of exclusively feeding heat processed foods. Companion animal feeding has gone from table scraps and left-overs to today’s “100 % complete” processed foods in primarily kibble form, with some canned and semi-moist also available. The foods appear to be scientific and improved, but they’re far worse for the animals. Not only is nutrient value diminished by heat, but a spectrum of toxins is created. Additionally, the singular feeding of processed food has led to the spurious “100% complete and balanced” claim that is both logically and scientifically flawed.
Please speak with your veterinarian about any specific health problems. We are not veterinarians and cannot give medical advice on treating pets. If you’re not sure if a proper raw diet is right for your pet, feel free to print out our nutrient profile and discuss it with your veterinarian. The answers below represent what we have learned from research, science, veterinary feeding trials, first-hand knowledge and our customers testimonials.
Raw foods will continue to be for the breeder who is looking to develop perfect traits in his animal. More importantly however it will also be for the individual who totally love their pets and want only the best for them. Raw diets will have to compete with a plethora of advertising from large dry kibble producers pulling at the heart strings of consumers. Because the consumer is getting savy about their own nutrition many people will continue to use raw food. Holistic vets and nutritionists with knowledge will get the message out.
Let’s face it the first pets were some very smart scavenger wolves. They budded up to tribes of humans for the benefit of being left the guts and carcasses of a recent kills and access to human trash. This diet was probably close their ancestral diet and healthy. Humans then urbanized and dogs developed and bred from their wolf ancestors ended up roaming the streets of towns and villages on all continents.