The raw diet for pets has long been the subject of intense debate among some owners out there. This is because there are purported health benefits and health risks to these different types of diets. The main idea behind the raw diet is that it will seek to replicate the diet that the pets might be eating if they lived in the wild. There are have been many anecdotal reports of health benefits for these diets over the years. Unfortunately, there are contradictory claims and very few studies that have objectively analyzed these results. It will be important for owners to weigh the pros and cons of this diet.
Pet Food and Recalls
First, most owners are likely aware that there have been a few different types of pet food recalls over the years. There are declining quality control standards, which have resulted in some unfortunate disease outbreaks. This has caused concern for many owners out there, who understandably don’t want to expose their pets to this kind of experience. Some of these commercial foods may also use some different types of synthetic products or may contain other contaminants. These can actually pose a health risk to pets that may have allergies. When owners opt to use a natural diet, they can actually by-pass some of these concerns.
There are a few other benefits that owners should consider for their pets. Raw meat will often contain a large amount of water weight, which will help pets feel full faster. Lean meat could be perfect for pets that have become overweight throughout the years. There are many raw diets that will use freshly prepared meats, which will allow owners to avoid the use of preservatives. Some owners also believe that consuming raw meat and bones may be good for the dental health of their pets. This may allow them to develop and maintain stronger jaw muscles throughout their lives.
Raw Meat Cautions
But there are some significant cons associated with this kind of raw diet. Owners should be aware that raw meat may actually contain a few different bacterial strains. Salmonella and Trichinella spiralis are frequently found in different types of raw meat. Owners should try to only buy raw meat through a reputable dealer in their area. Additionally, commercial food will usually contain different types of added vitamins. These vitamins will not necessarily be present if owners opt to use a raw diet for themselves. This is a major reason why people will need to think about talking to a vet before they opt to start their pet on this kind of diet.
Owners will need to consider some of these different benefits and risks if they want to start their pets on this system soon. There are actually risks associated with using both of these different types of diets. Most everyone will want to find out more information about the raw diet from some experts in pet nutrition. This can help owners make a more informed choice about which diet may be best for the needs of their pet. Though this may take time, most owners will want to take this in to consideration.
About the Author
+Neil Kilgore is a dog owner, dog lover and the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly writes about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.