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Raw Feed? Are You Joking?


Let's think about this for a minute: God did not design our animals to eat pre-packaged, kibble or pellet-like food. In the wild, dogs don't tell each other, "Hey, I'm hungry, let's go to the pet food store and grab us some lunch." As if!

No, together, they go out and hunt down their food, then dig right in while it's still warm. Sorry about the graphic image, but well, that's nature for you! They also do not stoke up a campfire and sit around singing Kum Bi Ya while the meat gets cooked. Nope they just have at it in the natural raw form.

Now you might be thinking, "Yeah but that's wild animals, not our sweet kitties and dogs." Think again. They are and will always be carnivores. They need raw meat and bones to be healthy with a fully supported immune system. Also the raw, non-weight bearing bones such as the shoulders and backs give dogs and cats strong, clean white teeth eliminating the need for dentals done under anesthesia at a veterinarian's office, something that is not only much riskier but much more expensive than feeding your dogs and cats what they were designed to eat: meat.

Your other pets such as horses, guinea pigs, birds and rabbits also need natural raw food in order to thrive. They do not forage for pellets, let me tell you. Many birds are omnivorous so they'll eat fruits, veggies and meat. While our other furry and feathered friends need to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

Kim Christopher states, "Proper diet is among the more important considerations in the health maintenance of your pet and essential in the management of many diseases. To feed correctly, a knowledge of dietary nutrients and their availability is important."

And Dr. Russell Swift,"Carbohydrates are not needed by dogs(or cats). Carnivores cannot maintain long term production of the quantity of amylase enzyme necessary to properly digest and utilize the carbohydrates. In addition, the proteins in grains are less digestive than animal proteins. As a result, the immune system becomes irritated and weakened by the invasion of foreign, non-nutritive protein and carbohydrate particles."

So just what do you think most packaged pet foods commonly know as premium kibble contain? Grains. Byproducts. Toxic preservatives.

The question would then arise, if pet food manufacturers know this (they must because they're in business to know) why are these things added to our pet food and why are we told that these packaged foods are so good? Even our mainstream veterinarians are selling these foods to us.

Good questions. Part of the reason is because it's cheaper to use grains and byproducts. Byproducts can be anything we'd normally throw out such as beaks, feathers, feet/hooves, euthanized animals, road kill, you name it. It all gets rendered and added into our packaged pet foods.

Oh but it gets better. These foods are then baked. Here is what Dr. Betty Lewis stated on her website, "What's wrong with commercial foods? The number one item which makes commercial foods inappropriate for pets is that these foods are cooked. No one has ever reported seeing wild animals routinely barbecuing their meals! Raising the temperature of food above 118°F destroys all the enzymes and many of the nutrients."

To top it all off, in order to be able to say that these commercial foods have all the needed nutrients in them, they SPRAY on the nutrients. To get more details on this pick up the book by Ann Martin, Foods Pets Die For.

One of the best things you can do if you're confused about how to get started feeding your pets a natural diet is to first find a holistic veterinarian in your area and then find out what is appropriate for your pet. Homeopathic and holistic vets really adhere and promote the complete natural lifestyle for your pets and can help you put together a diet that will give your pet what he/she needs for full nutritional support.

All the problems we're seeing in our pets: allergies, skin disorders, cancer, diabetes, feather plucking, pulling out furr, etc., can almost alway be attributed to poor nutrition AND to food allergies. Their immune systems are compromised because they are not getting enough nutrition to support themselves which then weakens their immune system. Then we see disease. If the immune system is not supported properly, disease gets a front door welcome into your pets bodies.

So if you want to start seeing your pets live healthier, longer lives and also greatly reduce your vet bills, then switch to a natural, raw food diet. Your pets will love you for it!

References:
http://home.earthlink.net/~pawsreflect/nutrition.html
http://www.raot.org/information/nutrition.htm

About the Author:
Kim Bloomer is a natural pet care educator helping pet owners learn to care for their pets through natural, holistic means. Disease prevention is her goal to help pet owners lower their pet care costs and extend the lives of their pets. Visit her website Aspenbloom Pet Care and her dog's blog barkin' about natural pet care from a canine perspective Bark 'N' Blog

Look for Kim's new book on natural dog health with Dr. Jill Elliot, DVM due for release spring 2006.


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6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets  WYMT News

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Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing household pets  KOB

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Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets  Cleveland 19 News

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Facial recognition software to help find lost pets  WCTI12.com

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Pet events: Holiday events coming up for pets and people  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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How Sasha the lost cat found his way home after 5 years and 1,300 miles  AZCentral

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History of Heath's Haven Rescue & Sanctuary — How to Help Disabled Pets  WomansDay.com

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Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing pets  KRQE News 13

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Mohawk School students create 100 blankets for homeless pets  The Macomb Daily

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How to make sure your pet has a stress-free holiday  Yahoo Lifestyle

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Pitt County Animal Shelter uses facial recognition to find lost pets  WITN

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Keep human food away from pets  WJFW-TV

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Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets  KCAU 9

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Holiday travel tips for pets  KFOX El Paso

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Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets  WZZM13.com

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Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno  Rockville, MD Patch

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Carol  KCBD

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Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park  WESH 2 Orlando

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The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR  PlayStation.Blog

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Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire  WPRI.com

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The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

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Is Your Pet at Risk For Breast Cancer?  NBC 6 South Florida

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Pets Global launches new premium brand with high-meat, ancient grains  Pet Food Processing

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc  WMDT

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019  OregonLive

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KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations  WVLT.TV

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Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho  Idaho News

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'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

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Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home  KOB

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Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire  Coventry, RI Patch

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Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition  Winchester Herald Chronicle

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Dog Walker  Charlotte Agenda

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Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

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Low-cost pet adoption events coming to Solano  Fairfield Daily Republic

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The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

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