As with humans, pets also require a balanced diet but it doesn’t have to be balanced in 1 setting but rather in an overall weekly meal plan. As a current raw diet advocate and as evidenced in the blog “Pottengers Cats”, I feel that the best diet for your pet is as natural and balanced as possible.
An interesting bit of information that most pet owners don’t realize is that in 1983 the Pet Food Institute convinced the US FDA (food and drug administration) to allow changes on pet food labels so that cheese rinds could be called “cheese”, corn husks and peanut shells could be called “vegetable fiber”, hydrolyzed chicken feathers could be called “poultry protein products” and ground bones could be called “processed animal protein”. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association strongly opposed the changes, which hide important information from the consumer.*
The chemical analysis of ingredients on pet food labels is meaningless no matter what their origin because all commercial pet foods are cooked and, as Dr. Pottenger proved 60 years ago, cooked food is deficient by definition. *
A variety of high-quality meats, bones and other foods served raw or minimally processed in combination with a variety of supplements will supply everything a dog or cat needs for perfect health. The key is variety and balance. *
Some foods to consider below when feeding your pets:
Chocolate vs carob
Chocolate is toxic to our pets. Every pet reacts differently to chocolate but in susceptible animals, chocolates “theobromine” triggers epileptic seizures and can damage heart tissue as well as cause internal bleeding in the digestive tract.
Carob however is a safe alternative. Carob is often used as a substitute for chocolate. It has been known to prevent hip dysplasia. Carob contains protein and is rich in calcium and phosphorus. *
Sugar vs Honey
Sugar is not an ideal addition to your pets diet and will often appear in commercial pet foods.
Honey however is a remarkable antiseptic food. In addition to being a source of energy, honey is a nerve tonic and the only heart stimulant which is not a drug. It also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. *
If you decide to switch your pet to a raw diet – please do your research and speak with your vet so that you are providing them the proper nutrition.
*credit – The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care – CJ Puotinen