What makes the best diet for your pet?
It’s a question we pet owner and pet lovers battle each day. Is my pet getting the best foods possible? Does what I prepare for my pet cover their essential needs? They’re questions we all ask and often ask our vets when our beloveds aren’t feeling their best.
The basic understandings of how to feed our pets for health, growth and development has come from observing animals in their natural state; primarily the wild, and then working recipes to replicate; as close as possible; a similar food environment for a domesticated pet. The most obvious observation is we don’t see dogs and cats sitting around a campfire charring their days catch or cooking it in a tin can. Dogs in the wild, as an example, have a process when eating prey. They start with the gut content, then the organs followed by the muscle meat and bones, eating the prey raw and in sequence.
The commercial pet food industry began to establish its footprint around 50 years ago. Prior; dogs were fed fresh meat, bones and leftovers from the family evening dinner. The post war era of the 50’s – 60’s we saw the introduction of the “era of convenience” and processed foods gathered momentum in the family pantry along with tinned processed foods for dogs and cats.
Fast forward to the 90’s, fresh was best with a conscience shift back to fresh meats, fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables with a consumer spotlight on transparency. Where do our foods come from and how are they processed? These questions applied to what we fed our pets as much as what we fed ourselves. With such broad choices for pet foods the more complex the question becomes.
Two basic considerations why an ideal human diet is not the same as an ideal dog or cat diet. Firstly, differences in the recommended calcium and phosphorous requirements between humans, dogs and cats. Secondly, the longer growth phase in humans. Minor temporary imbalances are not usually significant and greater opportunity for deficiencies to be corrected. Dog and cats have shorter growth phases, deficiencies become more significant with less opportunity for correction. Dogs and cats do require a balanced diet suited to their species; meat/mince alone is not a complete and balanced diet.
So what is the best option for our dogs? –
The answer is conceived in science and evolution. Over millions of years; long before human intervention; dogs existed on a natural diet of raw prey, some vegetable matter, nuts, fruits, insects and all manner of scavenged food sources. Dogs are omnivores consuming both meats and plant-based foods. They’re also the ultimate scavengers able to sustain on a purely vegetarian diet, when necessary and thriving on a meat-based diet when available.
Physiologically; a dog’s digestive tract from teeth to saliva, organs and intestines, digestive enzymes, microbial flora and the entire metabolic process to the cellular level has evolved to process, digest and absorb the products of a raw diet.
A well-designed diet of raw foods can provide the macro and micronutrients necessary for good health. A generous portion of muscle meat, organ meat, raw bones and minimal vegetable matter helps to match the natural composition of a dog’s wild diet.
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Thankfully for human’s we’re are better educated on the foods we decide to eat ourselves and prepare for our families. This same level of consciousness is available for our pets as well and feeding a raw; complete and balanced diet plays its part in enabling our pets to live a healthy and happy life.
We advocate the saying “Everything in Moderation”