Choosing Raw

Filed Under: Pet Nutrition

I guess that sometimes two parties have to agree to disagree.  When there are two opposing viewpoints, one is usually correct.  Deciding which to believe sometimes takes a little research, and looking at possible bias in the information.


Science says dogs are carnivores, kibble companies say they are omnivores.  One has a bias.  Which one do we believe?  Most veterinary nutritionists work for large pet food kibble manufacturers, or were trained in organizations heavily sponsored by them.  Do they have a bias, either conscious or subconscious?  You decide.


For unbiased advice, seek out someone without a stake in the game.  Someone who doesn't earn a good chunk of their income peddling what they recommend, or the side effects of that product.  Ask any holistic veterinarian, people dedicated to helping your pet live a long and healthy life naturally, and they will tell you that species appropriate diets are key.  Nothing is more species appropriate for dogs and cats than real, raw meat. 


There are a large number of documented cases of people getting salmonella from kibble foods.  None for raw.  Yet some people want you to worry about "potential" dangers, but never warn you about the real, documented dangers.  Even a 6 year old knows how to safely handle raw meat, and makes sure they wash their hands afterwards.  Far too many people out there keep kibble in a pail, and when they get a new bag, just dump it in.  Rarely are those bins washed, and too few people wash their hands after handling kibble, hence the incidences of infection from kibble.


AAFCO standards are not designed for maximum performance of an animal, they are minimum requirements.  Basically, insurance that a food formulated to AAFCO standards will not kill your dog.  A very important point, sure.  But using it as an endorsement of how good a food is, not so much. 


Large corporate kibble manufacturers have the money and resources to advertise and convince the public of the products safety and quality, the same way large corporations tell us the food they make for us is high quality and safe.  Do you feel safer eating something from a large corporation, or something home made, from local fresh ingredients?


No one could convince you to feed your children the same prepared, preserved, artificially coloured/flavoured food every day of their lives, could they.  How did we let them convince us that our pets are better off that way?   That little brown pebbles made of by-products, carbs and stuff they can't sell for humans are better than real food.


Not all kibble is bad, but some is horrible, and just because it costs alot, doesn't mean it is good.  Not all kibbles are unsafe, but some are recalled over and over again.  Read the label, and use google for the real story on a particular brand. 


Raw is not for everyone.  For those who can and want to feed it, it can be easy, affordable and the best thing you'll ever do for your pet.  Isn't that what they deserve? 


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