Why a raw diet
A raw diet recreates the way our pet’s ancestors have eaten in the wild for thousands of years. Dogs and cats are carnivores. Left to their own devices, their typical daily diet, like that of their wild cousins (wolves and the big cats), would involve catching (or finding) and eating another animal. A raw diet returns our pets to this more natural form of nutrition, as if they had hunted and caught their “perfect” dinner.
When a carnivore eats an herbivore (plant and grass eating animal) like a rabbit or a deer, the carnivore eats some meat, some bone, some organ meats (liver, heart, kidney, etc.), and a small amount of green vegetation contained in the herbivore’s digestive tract. These ingredients are the four main food groups of a good raw diet.
* Fresh, raw meat
* Some uncooked bone
* Some raw organ meats
* Some green vegetation
I started feeding my animals a raw diet in 1998. I had a shi-tzu mix (Bailey) and a tortise shell cat (TeaCup) at the time…both were adults and I was skeptical if they would eat the raw food or not.
Bailey took a few days and a lot of garlic but she was crunching threw chicken wings in no time. The one I was really impressed with was TeaCup….all I did was put the chicken wing in her dish and badabingbadabang that was all she wrote for the chicken. Not a speck left….I love the raw diet.
It’s been over 14 years now and my dogs teeth are beautiful, their breath is sweet, they don’t smell doggy, my mothers always have enough milk, they whelp very easily, my dogs are very food motivated so that makes training really easy and best of all My Dogs Love It!
For more information on Natural Diets I invite you to read
Anatomy of a Carnivore
by Lew Olson, PhD Natural Nutrition
Diet is Essential to Health
by Pam Craig, DMV
Raw Feeding including “prey model”
Jusamere Ranch, scroll down to “Can you give me some recipes” for prey model
switching to Raw is Easy
by Susan Johnson
What’s Really in Pet Food?
The Animal Protection Institute’s report on what commercial pet foods really contain