Raw Diet Basics Part 1
When you switch to a raw diet, YOU are in control of what your pet eats, not necessarily a company who purchases ingredients from who knows where. You can put together a protein-rich, enzyme-filled and energy giving diet to help provide your pet with the longer, healthier life they deserve.
Protein: Below are meaty proteins options that your dog and cat needs to consume on a daily basis.
- Ground beef
- Ground turkey
These are perhaps the least expensive meats that you can purchase. They are filled with protein and good fats as well.
- Menhaden fish
Cats are obligate carnivores....Dogs are omnivores that lean heavily toward carnivore. This may sound a little confusing considering we just learned that too many carbs and grains are not good for canines and felines. However, a little white or brown rice can be beneficial to dogs. They are known as complex carbs. In addition to providing energy, carbs maintain the health of the thyroid, liver, heart, brain and nerve tissue. They regulate how much starch and fat will be broken down and used. Once in the digestive tract and assimilated, carbohydrates are stored in the liver as glycogen, which controls energy. The central nervous system requires carbs for proper function, as well as the brain. The brain can't store glucose, and therefore depends on the minimum supply of glucose from the blood. With insufficient carbs in the diet, protein and fat are converted into energy, making the immune system weak and preventing a body from building enough antibodies to help fight infections, and illnesses.
Vitamin and mineral supplements: An important step to creating a healthy and balanced raw diet for your dog or cat is to add a high grade vitamin/mineral supplement. Why feed a supplement when you are creating and feeding a raw diet? Our soil has been depleted of nutrients and minerals needed to fully enrich the fruits, veggies, grains and grass (that the protein source survives on) and other foods we and our pets need on a daily basis. Even the beef you feed your pet is not loaded with all the nutrients that it could be. Sure, these still contain things that won't be found in commercial foods, but adding a supplement rich in vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids and other required nutrients can help give those ingredients the punch your pet's body needs for optimal health.
Now that you know some of the benefits of feeding your pet a raw diet and have learned a few of the basics for creating your very own diet at home, we recommend giving it a go! It's the least (and perhaps the best) thing you can do for your furry best friend! Don't be overwhelmed! See this link for an easy dog food recipe! See this link for a easy cat food recipe!
Next we will go over some of the DON'Ts of the raw diet. Keep an eye out for part two coming soon!