It's in 3 parts.
Part 1: The Feeding Mistake Linked to the Cause of Most Disease - Are You Making It?
For 99.99 percent of their time on earth, dogs and cats have consumed a natural diet. For .01 percent of the time, they have consumed an extruded, processed diet. Dogs and cats evolved to consume a low-carbohydrate diet. But for the last century, the majority of pet owners have fed pets a high-carbohydrate, low-moisture diet. This has created significant metabolic and physiologic stress, and convenience pet foods have become the root cause of most of the inflammatory processes and degenerative disease that plague today’s dogs and cats.
Part 2: The Biggest Myths About Raw Food (And Why They're Mostly Nonsense)
Veterinarians don’t receive an objective education in animal nutrition. As a result, they aren’t doing their job of helping clients make wise nutritional choices for their pets. In fact, many people virtually never discuss their dog or cat’s diet with their veterinarian.
And this one is especially interesting to those already on the raw diet:
Part 3: Common Raw Feeding Mistakes That Can Harm Your Pet
Usually, these well-intentioned owners don’t correlate their pet’s medical issues with nutritional deficiencies, but their vets do. And many veterinarians develop very strong opinions against all homemade and raw diets because of these cases. There are many well-meaning people who feed unbalanced diets out of ignorance and, in some cases, stubbornness.
I’ve had several clients tell me they don’t care that the analysis of their pet’s current diet – let’s say, chicken wings and burgers – demonstrates deficiencies in certain critical nutrients. They believe that “This is the diet I’ve fed for X number of years and my dog is doing fine, so there’s no need to change it.”
Here's an actual case of a puppy that was harmed by a homemade diet that Dr. Becker treated:
This was an entirely preventable situation caused by a lack of education on the part of the puppy’s owner.At first glance, the homemade diet the pup was fed for a relatively short time may appear balanced to owners who haven’t carefully researched the specific nutritional requirements of their pet. It included beef, rice, fresh fruit, a cruciferous veggie, whole eggs, a bit of commercial dry dog food, and even a vitamin/mineral supplement. I’m sure the puppy’s owners thought they were feeding their growing giant breed dog a well-balanced diet.
They were mistaken, and as a result, their beloved Saint Bernard pup will very likely suffer from joint and bone problems throughout his life.
My hope is that pet owners who feed homemade diets, no matter how knowledgeable they believe they are about dog and cat nutrition, will take the time to thoroughly research the subject, consult their holistic vet about balancing their pet’s diet, and follow pet meal recipes written by experts in pet nutrition.
I got Bullied and loving it!
Bella "Bullie" Rose, adopted on July 24, 2011