9/30/2008

Just say NO to commercial raw!

Not only is it ridiculously expensive, it most often contains fruits, vegetables and supplements your dog/cat doesn't need! I'll be reviewing the most well known ones below.

Nature's Variety- contains Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Olive Oil, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts and Persimmons.All of these ingredients are unnecessary and seem to follow a BARF model, which we all know isn't correct in it's makeup. Too much bone, and species innappropriate plant matter, not to mention a mirage of supplements.

One possible reason these fruits/vegetables are added into commercial raw is the theory it mimics the stomach contents of a prey animal. To keep this post on the short side, read this article http://rawfed.com/myths/stomachcontents.html

It's also possible that commercial raw companies believe dogs are omnivores. For facts on this please visit http://rawfed.com/myths/omnivores.html
The "Dogs are Carnivores" link is also excellent to reference for this important fact. Save your money and buy meat, bones and organs for your pets. You will not only be feeding a proper diet but you can be sure the correct ratio of organ, bone and meat. With a premade patty, there is no way of knowing what's what in there.

Honest Kitchen- though "dehydrated raw" it still contains 29%-63% carbohydrates! Again, it's made up of species inappropriate foods.

Bravo and Primal- Though there are vegetable free mixes, the fact is is that it's still ground, and overpriced. There is no mental stimulation for the dog or cat, and since it's just a glob of food hitting the stomach at once, digestive juices do not have time to build up like if the dog or cat had been chewing and crunching first. It also offers no teeth cleaning benefits. This is one of THE BEST benefits of raw feeding. To keep the mouth healthy and clean is to prevent infection and disease and to do this, there must be abrasive action like in crunching raw bones, not by just eliminating kibble and canned food and going raw. The bones often sold by these companies are inadequate as they are femurs or knuckles. Nature's Variety turkey necks are rather small in my opinion and pose a choking risk for large dogs.

Don't be fooled by the "complete and balanced" marketing of certain companies. Dogs and cats require balance over time, not all in one meal. And so what if AAFCO approves of your raw diet? We can all see the credibility they have by approving processed foods that are unhealthy for our pets and cause most of the diseases we see today. Sorry AAFCO, I want my carnivores to THRIVE, not just SURVIVE.

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