Commercial dry pet foods often contain large number of grains which are not a natural part of the dog’s or cat’s diet.
The corn-based protein found in kibble (which is cheaper to manufacture) is not as good as the protein found in meat, meaty bones, and offal.
Kibble manufacturers enrich their products by adding vitamins and minerals after drying (the heating process used reduces the level of naturally occurring nutrients). You do not need to add anything to raw meat, bone & offal.
Mould can grow on grain which produces the toxin Aflatoxin. The toxin can be present even if there is no visible mould on the pet food. A diet of mainly raw food does NOT have Aflatoxins.
Dogs and cats do not have the ability to digest grains properly and research has found that consuming grains adds extra strain to the animal’s liver, which needs to produce more bile to break down the insoluble fibre.
Grains suppress the immune system as they are mucous forming and provide an ideal environment for parasites to thrive in. Grains also contribute to the formation of dental plaque and tartar on the teeth, as well as bad breath and flatulence.
Because cats are obligate carnivores and they have an inability to digest grains, you may find that consuming them results in allergies or urinary diseases.
You may also notice that your dog or cat gains weight easily despite receiving plenty of exercise. With a balanced raw fed diet, your pet will get all the nutrition they need and none of the stuff they don’t, meaning a healthy weight is more easily maintained.
In recent years, pet food manufacturers have realised that the public have begun to rightly question whether kibble is an appropriate food for their animals, and to combat this they have come out with ‘Grain
Free’ options. The Grain free option adds vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, lentils, quinoa, and peas. Although these ingredients seem healthier, they are still high in carbohydrates, for which dogs and cats have no legitimate dietary need.
We urge you to carry out thorough research, as advancements in science now present compelling evidence that grain-free foods containing high carb vegetables such as those listed above are not necessarily any healthier for your dog than kibble, and have been linked to dilated cardiomyopathy in some dogs.