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The Benefits of a Raw Diet
Kibble is seen as a general and all-encompassing foodstuff that will meet all of our beloved pets’ nutritional needs. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Both Dogs and Cats are naturally carnivores. Cats are obligate carnivores. As carnivores, they are not designed to metabolize or utilize nutrients from such things as carbohydrates that are often as much as 65% of a kibble diet. There are preservatives in kibble that keep it from spoiling, and additives such as sugars can create many problems, including damaging oral health. Food is meant to contain water. Eating a refined and dehydrated food such as kibble is extremely hard on the kidneys and liver, which must work hard and constantly to break it down during digestion, often resulting in long-term health issues.
Food is meant to provide digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes break down the major substrates of nutrients consumed thereby enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients that contribute to overall health of the individual rather than being passed in stools (see benefit below: smaller poops). Kibble is dead food, whereas live food is a source of those enzymes which are essential, aiding in the process of digestion and helping with the conversion of live foods into metabolic enzymes which help maintain normal cellular functions, cleanse toxins and strengthen the immune system.
Eating foods lacking in enzymes stimulates the immune system with a reverse response and the body reacts with digestive leukocytosis, which is measured by the elevation of white blood cell levels. A diet lacking in enzymes puts stress on the pancreas, contributing to blood sugar problems such as diabetes and hypoglycemia and other chronic degenerative diseases.,
The fact that we continue to feed pets enzyme-less food over an entire lifetime contributes to a growing list of health problems including: osteoarthritis, inflammation, joint pain, hip dysplasia, pano, OCD, HOD, shedding, hair loss, dry skin, itchy skin, digestive disorder, gastritis, allergies, epilepsy, fatigue, hot spots and many other stress related symptoms caused by a weakened immune system. In fact a 10 year long study by Dr. Francis M. Pottenger suggests that succeeding generations who remain on this type of enzyme-less diet will show progressively more illness and disease.
A species appropriate raw diet is hydrated, and does not use carbohydrates in lieu of protein. It is made from real, whole food. Feeding a raw food diet has many notable benefits that you will see quickly. Here are just some of the improvements you will notice:
- Helps create a stronger, healthier immune system so more resistant to disease and ill-health.
- Shiny, healthy coats. Less shedding.
- Less body odour. Less bathing required.
- White teeth, healthy gums and better breath. Reduced tooth decay, or periodontal disease, therefore less chance of infection on the gums and less likely to swallow bacteria with every gulp of saliva which in turns leads to reduced chances of heart, kidney and liver disease.
- Better concentration with commands and less hyperactive, yet more energy.
- Easier to manage weight.
- Less gas.
- Better muscle tone.
- Smaller, less messy, and less smelly poops. Even less frequent poops in many pets.
- Fewer parasites: fleas and ticks prefer unhealthy bodies so arguably no need for harmful neurotoxins for flea/tick control.
- No need for harmful chemical de-wormers due to the added health from raw food: worms are prevented by the healthy immune system.
- Less metabolic problems.