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|Question & Answers about Raw Food Diets for Dog's|
Q. Should you concider a raw meat diet?
A. The answer is very simple – undamaged enzymes and amino acids! A raw meat diet contains natural digestive enzymes and the most complete amino acid profile (the protein building blocks) totally undamaged in this natural state. Many of the important amino acids and all digestive enzymes are destroyed by temperatures in excess of 120 degrees F. Most processed and canned pet foods are cooked at temperatures in excess of 212 degrees F. Animals consuming some highly processed foods often become nutritionally compromised and manifest dry and itchy skin, dull coats, weight problems, lethargy, and many more not so obvious symptoms.
Enzymes are essential biological catalysts that enhance the quality and quantity of nutrient assimilation. This allows your favorite pet to conserve its own enzyme energy for other important life enriching health benefits such as longevity.
Wouldn't we all like our four legged companions to live long, healthy and happy lives?
Q. Why is the diet all meat and why it doesn't contain grains or vegetables?
A. Because some dogs are very active, they consume increased quantities of food and extract and burn more calories from their food. A good Raw Food Diets contain small amounts of cereal to assist in the consumption of Carbohydrates. Also, the extreme digestibility factor of this food demands the extra fiber for stool formation. Cats and dogs that consume cooked grains as their predominate pet food, too often manifest very apparent nutritional deficiencies, i.e. Weight, skin, and odor problems.
Vegetables, though not most carnivores preferred choice of food, can be successfully added to meat diets, but should be emulsified and fed raw to protect their natural digestive enzymes for better assimilation.
Q. I am a vegetarian and have a hard time digesting meat - why would it be best then to feed it raw to my dog or cat?
A. Human beings, being omnivorous (feeding upon animal and vegetable food), do not have the digestive tools our ancient ancestors had, and dogs still have, in order to handle raw meat. Even though we would digest our meat better if eaten raw, we no longer possess the tools to handle the bacteria as well as carnivores do when eating or feeding on raw meat.
Q. Why does a raw diet seem to be lower in protein and fat compared to dry food?
A. When comparing diets, one must always compare on a dry matter basis to get equivalent values. When compared on a dry weight basis, diets are not low at all, 44-50% protein and 29-35% fat. The more important aspect of protein is the quality of protein, or the biological value (the measurement of how much of the protein is actually turned into body tissue). Raw diets are at the “top of the food chain” when it comes to digestibility and biological value.
Q. Will mixing dry kibbled food with Raw Meat Diets be harmful?
A. Many of our many people reportedly feed this way successfully. However, the quality of the kibble should be considered.
Many of them have so much poorly digestible cooked grains and other ingredients that you are simply adding volumes of fertilizer to your yard. In addition, the meat that goes into most kibble is “meat and bone meal” this ingredient has been cooked once to extreme temperatures only to be added then to cereals and grains and cooked again. How much nutrition can be left after that? Check labels and use kibbles that are predominately meat based – not cereal, meat and bone meal or chicken by-product meal.
Q. Why is there such a difference in the stools on Raw Diets?
A. The high biological value of the protein in Raw Diets will result in a large reduction in the amount and frequency of stool elimination. Digestion studies done on Raw diets showed protein absorption in the 90% range.
Most commercial pet foods are filled with indigestible (however palatable) ingredients that cause dogs and cats to overeat which creates the need to eliminate several times a day.
Animals on Raw Diets generally eliminate just once a day or even every other day. In addition, this kind of digestibility greatly reduces stool odor and is a healthy and more natural occurrence, just as in the wild.
Simple test: Stools from well-digested foods, when placed in water, “float like a boat.”
Q. Is it harmful for me to cook the diet before feeding it to my dog or cat?
A Meat that is cooked above 120 degrees F loses its natural digestive enzymes as well as some of the important fragile amino acids such as Taurine.
The preventative health benefits of an uncooked, balanced, raw meat diet can be seen in the testimonials of Raw food Diet customers. Meat eaters, from small pet ferrets, through all sizes of domestic dogs and cats, to the Carnivore Magnificent lions and tigers build strong immune defense mechanisms on Raw diets, protecting them from infection and affording them the healthiest diet prescribed by Mother Nature - raw meat!
Q. Why do some animals apparently do fine on commercial dry and canned food, and yet others do so poorly?
A. Some dogs, especially when they are young, have an amazing ability to digest just about anything that looks like food and do well on it. However, even they have a tendency to degenerate as they grow older, usually at 4-5 years of age.
When the organs of the body, especially the all important digestive machine, the pancreas, starts to age, it is much easier on the animal’s system to be eating a diet with the digestive enzymes still intact and undamaged by heat processing. Raw foods provide this.
Numerous people from European countries who feed raw meat diets confirm the health benefits and longevity of large breed dogs, i.e. Great Danes, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, etc. to ages of 15 years or longer. This reality is nearly unheard of in our country, except those companion pets on raw meat diets.
Q. Can dogs and cats get worms or diseases from eating raw meat diets?
A. If fresh table meat (using common in-home processing procedures) is fed without cooking, processing, or freezing, diseases such as toxoplasmosis and intermediate stages of parasites such as tapeworms could be transmitted.
Quality control methods include the instant freezing of products to a –40 degrees F which deactivates such agents; both freezing and freeze-drying procedures used in product manufacturing eliminate bacterial growth, as well. Controls for the purpose of maintaining superior pet food product quality and freshness.
Q. Are raw meat diets dangerous to feed because of the possible contaminants of Salmonella and E-coli?
A. Bacteria such as Salmonella and E-coli are becoming more difficult to control in today’s meat because of the concentration of animals living in close proximity. Raw food diets are not made from feedlot cattle, but from more free-ranging cattle.
In addition, dogs and cats have a natural deterrent to ingested bacteria due to their highly acidic stomach environment. However, it is important to introduce any raw meat diet slowly to their present food and gradually increase daily for 7-10 days to recommended levels. This gradual increase allows your companion pets the opportunity to adjust to, and take full advantage of their ancestor’s food of choice – nutritionally rich raw meat with minimum risk!
Q. You claim that the diet reduces tartar on teeth – why?
A. Raw meat diets do not produce tartar on teeth for one reason – enzymes. Raw meat left between teeth or along the gum line will self-digest because of the un destroyed natural digestive enzymes. On the other hand, cooked food particles can remain on the gum line, setting up the perfect host for bacteria to proliferate, causing tartar and bad breath. Excessive tartar can cause periodontal disease.
Q. Raw food diet reduces bloat – why?
A. There are various probable causes of bloat?
Just the opposite seems true. Raw meat diets have a high digestion and rapid absorption rate, which reduces the chance for gases to form. Many customers have reported bloat and flatulence disappearing after their dogs were fed on raw meat diets.
Describing raw food diets is a hard thing to do without talking about real life experiences of people that use raw food regularly! That is why we used the Question and Answer format to help you understand Raw food Diets for Dogs.
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