Why Feed Raw

As evidenced by looking at their teeth, cats and dogs are carnivores – meaning that they have evolved to eat meat – specifically raw meat. When we feed our pets the appropriate, balanced raw food diet we tap into what they were designed to eat for optimal health and well-being.

A minimally processed, natural, fresh diet is advantageous for any living being – including humans, and is what your cat or dog would have consumed in the wild.

Both cats and dogs have simple, short digestive tracts designed to extract nutrition from raw meat, fat and bone. To live a healthy life certain enzymes and amino acids are required – and for carnivores these can be found in a raw diet.

A balanced raw diet is most beneficial when it includes a combination of:

  • Meat – be sure to vary the protein source
  • Organs
  • Appropriately sized bones
  • Green tripe (simulates stomach contents of prey animals) – a carnivore superfood which is low in fat, full of living enzymes and healthy pre and probiotics and an excellent source of protein

Changing a pet with an existing health problem to a raw food diet can result in an improvement in condition, while healthy pets can expect to avoid common ailments to live a longer, happier and healthier life.

Benefits of Raw

Raw food diets are known to have several benefits including:

Healthier teeth, fresher breath and improved heart health

Raw diets and diets containing bone have been observed to show improved dental and heart health in canines and felines. Dogs and cats have teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh from bone, and for chewing bone into tiny digestible bits. The size of the bone fed to your pet should be dependent on the size of the animal. Owners who feed their pets a raw diet may see noticeable dental health benefits and better breath. Good dental and oral health can also be linked to good heart health.

Skin is healthier, with fewer dermatological irritations and the coat glossier with less shedding

One of the more perceivable changes that owners may notice in their pets on switching to raw feeding is a marked improvement of the skin and coat. Skin may become less dry and the coat shinier. Food allergies are a common affliction in dogs. Pet owners who choose to feed a raw diet are likely to notice that their animals stop developing hot spots and itching, and experience less skin infections.

Better digestion results in smaller, less odorous stools and less flatulence

Raw feeding has shown pets, and in particular dogs, who consume a balanced raw diet of muscle meat, bone and organs, tend to produce less waste and less frequently. Their stools also improve in consistency and odour.

Body Composition - more muscle, less fat

When fed muscle meat, bone and organs in a raw diet, rather than grain and corn based diets, the carbohydrate and sugar content of your pet’s diet is lowered. This can have a direct result on your pet’s weight and muscle mass.

Strengthened immune system and reduction in inflammatory conditions

More energy