Raw feeding is a source of great debate. I would like to share my own personal thoughts as a pro-raw feeding veterinary surgeon.
As a vet, many people ask me what I feed my dogs; I am always honest – a raw food diet, from
RaaW Pet Foods. My dogs have a commercially prepared, nutritionally complete, frozen meal made from human-grade ingredients and to keep things interesting we throw in some seasonal fresh vegetables, bits of offal, or complimentary chews like a turkey neck, beef trachea, or whole fish, all topped off with a spoonful of coconut oil.
I feed raw food because I see the benefits it has for my two dogs. I watch my dogs eagerly anticipate the feast I put down in front of them each day, and eat with an enthusiasm and then roll and rub along the floor afterwards with an expression that could be described as contentment. I take pride in the meals I prepare, knowing not only is it satisfying their hunger, but also nourishing their minds and bodies. My integrative holistic approach to veterinary medicine has taught me that nutrition is the foundation of preventative care. I feed a raw food diet because I believe that health, the state of being free from illness or injury, starts with what we put into our bodies. Two out of three human diseases can be prevented, improved or cured by diet. From experience, I think the same could be said for many of the diseases that affect our four-legged companions. And lastly, I feed a raw diet because I am conscious about what I feed my own body, aiming for the freshest natural foods, locally sourced, with assured welfare standards – so why wouldn’t want the same for my dogs?
Vets that promote raw feeding are often those will pets themselves, and choose to feed raw pet food to their dogs and cats as an educated conscious choice, dedicated to meticulously planning each meal with the well being of pets in mind. I choose RaaW Pet Foods because I know that every ingredient that goes into making the food is totally natural and that once combined in production that every batch is then sent for testing and quarantined at a -18 freezing temperature to ensure any bad bacteria or parasites are long gone before the product is released as safe for consumption. I know that the product is minced into small, edible chunks suitable for dogs of all sizes and that my dogs are getting all of the nutrients and protein that they need in each recipe with the balance of meat, offal, bone, veg and supplements such as salmon oil for the added health benefits.
The current shift to natural feeding is an unstoppable force. It is something we as a profession cannot reject without seeking to understand the importance of real nutrition beyond the scope of commercial prescription kibble diets. Perhaps some day modern medicine will involve a holistic approach to health centred on a balanced natural diet and preventative care, until then we will persevere, feed fresh, and help our pets live longer and healthier lives.
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