Why food raw? Fur kids have been fed McKibble and McCan for the past fifty or so years with what seems to be great results. Dogs are not dying outright from starvation or malnutrition, and seem to be happy and fairly healthy. You certainly can get dogs with glossy coats and healthy bodies that live well into their teens while being fed kibbled foods. Yet the veterinary community has been seeing increases in things like cancer, obesity, diabetes, unilateral hip dysplasia, dermatitises, food allergies, kidney problems, pancreas problems, and liver problems (and their medical techniques and methods have evolved tremendously to deal with these; many veterinarians are very capable people who mean well and can be quite good at treating illness and disease). Just about every system in the dog has been affected in some way, shape, or form by some disease or problem that did not “exist” prior to the advent of McKibble or was not recognized as a big issue in a similar manner as us pet parents are starting to awaking to nutrition ourselves. Part of this increase is due to the fact that more people own pets today and that illnesses are more quickly diagnosed nowadays, but many of these diseases have been shown to have strong links to diet – particularly in human research (like adult onset diabetes and obesity and cancer, for example). Many of our pets’ body processes parallel our own, so who is to say that processed food will not affect them similarly?
Day: October 3, 2019
We discuss our and society’s pathological fear of bacteria, how it applies (or not) to raw fooding. First and foremost, it is important to understand that we take all topics of health risk extremely seriously, as our risk of exposure is 1000% greater than any of our pet parents or their fur kids. We work with the food every day of our lives, have three adorable mutts as kids, so it is extremely important that we understand, research, and be informed ourselves. We also believe that informed pet parents can make informed decisions, so without seeing to be fuelling societies pathological fear of the unknown, these fears also apply to us.
There are many public versions of this story, so here is ours. Commercial pet food, specifically, kibble and canned foods, has not been around that long. In the late 1850s, a young electrician from Cincinnati, named James Spratt went to London to sell lightning rods. When his ship arrived in London, crew members threw the leftover “ship’s biscuits” onto the dock, where they were devoured by hordes of scavenging dogs. That gave Spratt an idea. “Ship’s biscuits”, or hard tack, were the standard fare for sailors in those days. Made from flour, water, and salt, mixed into a stiff dough, baked, and left to harden and dry, the biscuits were easily stored and had an extremely long shelf life. The long shelf life was rather important in the days before refrigeration. It is said that they looked a lot like today’s dog biscuits.
The concept of raw diets for cats and dogs are not new. Before the introduction of McKibble and McCan, fooding human food bits to pets was part of the common kitchen routine. The philosophy behind a natural diet is simplicity. By natural we mean bio-appropriate and bio-available. A diet that fits our pets’ true nutritional requirements. Simple raw animal protein, a small amount of minced bone for calcium and phosphates, natural non-synthetic minerals and vitamins, and a small amount of carbs specifically for your fur kids. These concepts “re-developed” themselves over the last 30 years due to the public awareness created by Dr. Billinghurst and Dr. Lonsdale, both international thought leaders in canine and feline nutrition.