Raw Food Feeding
They do say that you are what you eat, and we now live in a culture that is seemingly obsessed with food; cooking it, not cooking it, eating it and even photographing it. Why then do so many people accept to feed their pets such low quality, highly processed, biologically inappropriate food?
Cats and dogs are carnivores, whose ancestors ate the raw carcases of the prey that they had either killed or found. Their diet would have consisted of part muscle meat, part body organs, some gut contents and finally the bones. This would have been supplemented by some fruit, berries, nuts and roots found on their travels.
They did sufficiently well on this diet to survive through the millenia to the present day.
But now everything has changed. Many of the pets who are fed by the pet food industry consume a diet that is abnormally high in grains and carbohydrates (as much as 40% in some dry cat diets). Although a great deal of time, effort and science has been put into the formulation of these diets, many of them are highly processed and need to be balanced and supplemented by a wide variety of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Nothing innately wrong with that, but the reality is that as vets we see all sorts of problems with obesity, digestive issues, skin disorders and dental disease that are directly related to these diets. Some of these can be significantly improved by changing to a raw food diet.
Our practical experience over many years of encouraging clients to feed their pets at least a partly raw diet is that
- most pets love to go raw
- many pets are visibly healthier on raw food, with better digestion and skin health
- their poo is small, firm, doesn't smell and is SO much easier to manage
We strongly encourage you to talk to us now about going raw!
There are obviously exceptions to this, and there will be times when for either medical or convenience reasons, a processed diet is appropriate, but I have yet to meet a cat or dog who has been any good at cooking. If they were left to their own devices, it'd be raw all the way.
Call 020 7723 0453 to speak to one of our nurses or book an appointment for more information and advice