Some thoughts on raw food
The quality of the food that we offer to our furry friends is always a concern.
Nowadays, there are plenty of options: grain-free food, single-whole grain formula, gluten-free, etc, making it hard to make a decision. So, we would like to provide you with some information about raw food, one of the best options, in order to enlarge your future choices when you shop for food.
In 1993, the Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst proposed the BARF diet – an acronym that stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Basically, he argued that canines would benefit from a diet which resembled what they used to eat, before being domesticated. Today, a raw diet includes: vegetables, some dairy such as yogurt, muscle meat, often still on the bone, bones – either whole or ground, raw eggs and fruits, and, of course, meet.
After Billinghurst, other types of raw dog food diets emerged, especially in 2007, with the recall of melamine-contaminated pet food. Today, owners can find processed raw food diets that are frozen or freeze-dried and combination diets that use blends of grains, vegetables, and vitamins that are mixed with raw meat. Among the benefits of feeding raw, we can cite: better skin and coat, better digestion, stronger immune system, better health, more energy, more muscle mass, less poop, among many benefits.
One important thing to keep in mind is that, if you decide to go raw or to change your furry friend’s diet, it’s important to change it gradually. Some specialists recommend a 5-day transition, offering just water and no food in the first day, 25 % of the new food serving size in the second day, 50 % in the third day, 75% in the fourth day and the whole portion in the fifth day.
It’s also important to remember that there is not a perfect diet, as all of them offer advantages and disadvantages. When choosing your pet’s food, It’s important to consider your friend’s age, level of activity, if he/ she has any health conditions. Be sure to ask for our advice, if you need any help!