An increasing number of pet owners are ditching the packaged dry and wet foods and putting their furry family members on raw-food diets.
For pet owners who want to avoid commercial food, Freeman advises a cooked homemade diet designed by a nutritionist certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
In recent years corn has been described as a low quality “filler” in pet foods, and implicated as the culprit in pets with food allergies (typically by competitor food companies). In reality, corn provides a nutritious, affordable source of carbohydrate for energy, essential amino and fatty acids for healthy skin, coat and immune system function, and a variety of other nutrients. These nutrients are released during the manufacturing process, and are easily absorbed and utilized when included in complete diets.
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It’s been two years since the first melamine-related pet food recall, and during that time, more dog lovers than ever have decided to turn to homemade diets—cooked or raw—as insurance against potential problems with commercial products. Is a homemade diet really insurance? Yes, it can be, assuming it’s nutritionally balanced and takes into account your dog’s breed, age, weight, activity and overall physiology.When we made the decision to only make pet food you’d be proud to feed your pet, we didn’t skimp on quality. Strong relationships with our trusted suppliers ensure we always source the very best ingredients. Our veterinarians and nutritionists carefully develop formulas to meet the dietary nutritional standards of every pet.When we made the decision to only make pet food you’d be proud to feed your pet, we didn’t skimp on quality. Strong relationships with our trusted suppliers ensure we always source the very best ingredients. Our veterinarians and nutritionists carefully develop formulas to meet the dietary nutritional standards of every pet. Here are just a few of the high-quality ingredients you’ll find in our products:I spoke about prescription diets with pet food guru Marion Smart PhD recently and she said something that I thought would be fun to follow through with. She said, “How do you think vets would evaluate prescription diets if we just showed them the ingredients? Would they be able to tell if they were prescription diets?”When we made the decision to only make pet food you’d be proud to feed your pet, we didn’t skimp on quality. Strong relationships with our trusted suppliers ensure we always source the very best ingredients. Our veterinarians and nutritionists carefully develop formulas to meet the dietary nutritional standards of every pet. Here are just a few of the high-quality ingredients you’ll find in our products: By Patrick Mahaney, VMD Is it possible to make a raw food diet for dogs? In a word, yes. But first you must understand what is raw dog food. Raw food diets emulate the way dogs ate before the existence of commercial dog foods. After all, dry, canned, and other styles of cooked food for dogs were mainly created as a means of convenience. Unfortunately, this convenience may sometimes affect our pet's health. Here are some reasons you may want to consider a raw food diet for your dog. Prior to domestication and during the thousands of years before the creation of commercially available dry and canned dog food, canids killed live prey or scavenged on carcasses, vegetation, and the fecal material from other animals. None of these nutrient sources were cooked, unless the sun, environmental temperatures, or bacteria provided sufficient heat. Dogs often endured extended periods between significant meals, on which they would gorge. To survive, early canines ate whatever they found whenever an opportunity presented. These ancestors to today’s companion dog were likely not pristine examples of health, as , intestinal parasites, and other diseases stem from inconsistent feeding and lack of appropriate veterinary medical care. However, modern society is now faced with an of overweight and obese dogs suffering numerous preventable and often irreversible ailments stemming from overconsumption of poorly balanced pet food. Fortunately, there is an alternative style of feeding for dogs — raw feeding. According to some veterinary nutritionists, dogs that eat raw whole foods tend to be healthier than those on other diets. Why? There are inherent beneficial enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and other energetic qualities in meats, fruits, vegetables and grains in their natural, unprocessed forms that are denatured or destroyed upon cooking. "Nature’s products are so much more beautiful and complex, containing biological activity, harmony, and synergy," wrote Dr. Judith A DeCava in her book Good Foods/Bad Foods. "Human products cannot come close to Nature’s work and are clearly lacking in many important areas." For instance, many nutritionists believe dogs that are on a raw food diet are less likely to have adverse allergic reactions to the ingredients. If you are interested in feeding your dog raw foods, consult with a veterinarian to see if your dog is a suitable candidate. Veterinarians which have trained in eastern, holistic, or other methodologies are often more open to the raw approach. They may also have suggestions as to which balanced diets are available at your favorite pet food retailer. Homemade diets are always an option, but may be difficult to create and maintain over time due to the cost and ease of cooking key ingredients, leading to "recipe drift." Image: / via Shutterstock