What are the benefits?
Dogs and cats are meat eaters by nature. That’s why fresh meat is the most instinctive diet for your pet. Sadly, commercial pet food companies have been a defining force in how we feed our pets for over a century and have taken pet feeding a long way from nature and by doing so, a long way from optimal health. They have done an excellent job of convincing many people that they are incapable of providing their animals with healthy nutritious meals without corporate intervention – that something artificial is better than something natural.
A diet consisting primarily of meat, organs, bone, and fat reflects what your pet would eat in his natural habitat. With natural proportions of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, and amino acids, raw diets provide wholesome nutrition for the health and well-being of your animal companions.
What does species-appropriate mean?
Species-appropriate diets are designed to resemble the natural diet of wild dogs and cats as closely as possible. For example, wild wolves feed primarily on large prey, and supplemented their diets with smaller prey and some vegetation. Species-appropriate diets, then, provide dogs and cats with the type of nutrition they would naturally receive in the wild – the type of diet their bodies were designed for. Red Dog meals incorporate meats, organs and cartilage in ratios that mirror this natural wild diet, and eliminate the need for additional synthetic ingredients.
Can I cook raw food or raw bones?
We do not recommend cooking Red Dog meals, but understand that some dogs and cats may have health conditions that prevent them from being able to handle raw foods. In these cases, a home cooked diet may be their best option. However, for the majority, cooking is not necessary and should be avoided. The cooking process chemically alters or destroys the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and probiotics which are important for good health.
If a person does choose to cook, please remember to supplement with natural-source minerals and vitamins to insure proper nutrition and calcium/phosphorus ratio.
DO NOT cook any bones, or meals containing ground bone. Cooked bones can splinter and form sharp edges that can cause serious damage to the digestive tract.
How expensive will it be?
The cost is comparable to that of high quality wet or dry pet food.
Can I mix kibble and raw food together?
We do not recommend mixing kibble and raw food together in the same meal. This is because the digestion process and time between the two types of food is vastly different, and can cause gastrointestinal issues.
The stomach of dogs and cats are naturally acidic, and feeding kibble decreases the acid in the stomach and offsets the natural hormonal balance and organ function/interaction related to the natural digestive process. Raw food is easier to digest, and usually takes 4-5 hours to digest. Kibble is more complex and can take 10-12 hours to digest. If raw food gets mixed up with kibble and sits for longer in the digestive tract without being processed by natural acids, it can leave the system vulnerable to bacteria and parasites.
If feeding kibble is unavoidable, then we suggest alternating meals between raw and kibble rather than mixing the two (such as feeding raw in the morning and kibble in the evening). Allow at least a half day, preferably a full day, for the digestive system to regain its natural PH level after feeding a kibble meal.
Do I need to feed all-or-nothing?
This is a common misconception. As much as we believe that the best thing for digestion and over-all health is a fresh food diet, there can be huge benefits achieved from simply incorporating a small amount. Examples of this could be feeding Red Dog meals once or twice per week, introducing fresh bones, or even adding a tablespoon of vegetable mix to their current meal. There doesn’t need to be a drastic or enormous change, even doing little things can have a huge positive impact!
What should I do if my vet does not support a raw diet?
Fear not, because there are many vets that do support raw diets. In fact, we have compiled a list here on our website under the Find A Vet page.
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