Some dogs start life on a raw and natural diet and never look back - look at Norman here, he knows no other way of eating and is growing into a healthy and fit looking dog, we're sure you''ll agree. A raw diet is not a cure all for all of the issues that your pet is facing - but we do feel that by removing the additives and some of the toxins that can be present in man made synthetic foods, we can certainly make many positive steps to improving the life of your pet.
Where you might be feeding processed treats, taking steps to offer raw vegetable treats such as a piece of carrot goes down very well with most dogs, whereas a small whitebait would make most cats happy ! It's a case of thinking a little outside of the box, and taking steps to cut out unnecessary preservatives, additives and colourings that are often included in processed foods these days.
Many conditions require less medication once an animal has been put on a natural food diet, whichever species is appropriate, with improvements such as glossy, odour free coats, better, tartar free teeth, reduced itching and licking, healthier joints and reduced inflammation, even conditions such as pancreatitis being easier to manage.
Many of our customers give their dogs raw meat, which does involve a little more research to ensure a balanced, healthy diet is maintained, but this is not as daunting as you may think. The usually accepted ratio for a correct raw diet is 80% meat, 10% Bone and 10% Offal, with liver usually making up 5% of the offal.
We would caution feeding a mix of processed and raw meat at the same time as the processed food moves through the digestive system much slower than the raw food, and as dogs and cats did evolve to eat raw meat and bones, their stomach acidity breaks down bacteria and bone content very quickly. Mixing this with some form of kibble, for instance, can slow the process and encourage bacteria to flourish.