What are the Benefits of Feeding a Raw Diet October 21 2014

The thought of starting to feed a raw diet can be a bit overwhelming as the majority of dog and cat owners are so use to the convenience of kibble and canned foods.  Raw food diets are designed to mimic the diets of wild animals before dogs and cats were domesticated.  

Dogs and cats in the wild did not have little cooked pellets that contained cooked vegetables and grains (or cooked meat, for that matter), thus their systems are not made for digesting these ingredients. A raw diet is a direct evolution of what dogs and cats ate before they became our pets.  Wild animals do not encounter many of the ailments that many of our household pets acquire and to a certain degree this can be attributed to the food that we feed them.

By making the choice to feed raw, there are a vast number of health benefits for your pet once you make the decision to switch to raw.  Some of these benefits include:

1) Healthier skin and coat - many pets are allergic to grains which can lead to a plethora of skin issues.

 

2) Naturally clean teeth - kibble can leave a coating on teeth that can promote plaque.  By feeding a raw diet, it can help to maintain healthier teeth and gums as well as fresh breath.

 

3) Improved digestion - grain-based commercial diets often don't meet your pet's nutritional needs and since dogs and cats mostly thrive on meat, these grain-based diets can be hard to digest.  Dogs and cats fed on cooked, grain-based diets often have foul-smelling stools, chronic or occasional intestinal gas, and even diarrhea.

 

3) Increased energy and vitality

 

4) Relieved symptoms of food allergies. 

 

5) Decreased shedding.

 

6) General improvement in overall health.