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The Homemade RAW Diet
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Dr Becker and Dr. Mercola, welcome you to MercolaHealthyPets.com where you will find more
interesting and helpful articles and lots of videos!
Dr. Beckers goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets.
This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by
identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most
veterinarians in the United States are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and
often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.
As you read through her articles and watch her videos, you'll learn how to make impactful,
consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet's quality of life. She is also available to answer
your questions on the Healthy Pets discussion forum. Dr. Becker is looking forward to helping you
make positive health changes in the lives of your pets.
categories, I don't want you to beat yourself up about it.
As a general rule, people who are feeding their pets a lesser quality diet are doing so either
because they can't afford a better food – or they simply don't know what constitutes good nutrition
for their pet.
If you discover your furry buddy is eating from the lower half of the list, set a goal to feed a better
quality food now that you know the difference, or when you can afford a more nutritious brand.
Again, everyone's pet food of choice can be found in one of these categories. I encourage you to
figure out where the diet you're serving right now falls in the list, and then strive for improvement by
feeding more nourishing, species-appropriate food.
Food Can Either Heal or Harm
As a proactive veterinarian interested in sustaining the natural good health of my pet patients, I
always encourage pet owners to evaluate their animal's diet, because food is the foundation upon
which good or ill health is built.
It's important to understand that food has the ability to heal or harm your pet, depending on the type
and quality of nutrition you provide.
The first factor you should evaluate is the species-appropriateness of what your dog or cat is eating.
A species-appropriate diet contains lots of good quality protein as well as moisture. The protein is
necessary because both dogs and cats are carnivores.
High moisture content is required in order to prevent organ dysfunction, including kidney failure. Dogs
and cats are designed to eat food that is about 70 percent moisture, which is what a diet of mice
and rabbits would provide if your pet hunted his own food.
If you feed your pet dry food only, he's getting only about 12 percent moisture instead of the 70
percent his body demands. This is especially unhealthy for cats, because they don't supplement their
moisture intake by drinking large amounts of water like dogs do.
Pets on dry food diets (kibble or pelleted) live in a state of chronic, mild dehydration that over time
can cause significant stress to their organs.
Species-appropriate nutrition does not contain much starch, also known as grains or carbohydrates.
Corn, wheat, rice and soy are found in most commercial processed pet foods, but your dog or cat
has no biological need for them.
I recommend you follow the laws of nature when it comes to your pet's diet, which is to feed
everything his body needs and eliminate ingredients that provide no nourishment.
In addition to the species-appropriateness of your pet's diet, it also needs to be balanced. By
balanced I mean food that contains all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your dog or cat
This isn't something you can guess at – it should be guaranteed through testing.
Nutritional balance is vitally important because deficiencies will develop much faster in your dog or
cat than they will in you. A poorly nourished puppy or kitten can end up with obvious signs of skeletal
problems and organ degeneration before she's six months old.
An older animal can develop life-threatening organ degeneration, among many other not-so-obvious
symptoms, over a one to three year period of eating an unbalanced, nutrient-deficient diet.
The List of Best-to-Worst Foods
1.A balanced, raw, homemade diet is the best food you can feed your dog or cat. It will be
nutritionally balanced because you're following recipes like those found in the cookbook I co-
authored, Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats.
Raw means the food is unadulterated and still contains all the enzymes and nutrients that are
typically destroyed during cooking or other types of processing.
Homemade is the best option because you are in complete control of the quality of ingredients in
your pet's diet.
I recommend pets get plenty of nutritional variety, and another great thing about serving homemade
is you can buy seasonal fruits and veggies on sale, as well as protein sources (meats), and use
them in rotation.
2.The next best thing you can feed your pet is a commercially available raw diet. This is a raw food
diet that someone else has done the heavy lifting to prepare.
It's important that the diet is balanced, and you should be aware that there are raw food pet diets
entering the market that are not yet proven to be nutritionally complete. These foods often say "For
supplementation or intermittent feeding" on the label.
You'll know if the raw food you've selected is balanced because it will say it right on the packaging:
"This food has been proven to be nutritionally complete or adequate for all life stages."
At the present time, these diets are found only in the freezer section of small/privately owned or
upscale pet boutiques – not in the big box pet stores. You can also find a selection online.
3.Cooked, balanced homemade diet. It's the same diet found in number 1, above, except that it's
cooked. This means some of the nutrient composition has been diminished through processing.
4.Human-grade canned food. If the label doesn't say the ingredients are human grade, they're not.
Pet food made with human-grade ingredients is also a great deal more expensive, so that's another
way to tell what you're getting.
This type of diet is the most expensive you can feed your pet. What I tell my clients is, "If you have
more money than time, you can purchase human-grade canned food for your dog or cat. But if you
have more time than money, I recommend you make a balanced, homemade diet right in your own
kitchen for a fraction of the cost."
5.Human-grade dry food. As I discussed earlier, dry food is not as species-appropriate as a
moisture-dense diet. Human grade is very important because the food is approved, in theory, for
human consumption, which means it doesn't contain low quality rendered by-products.
6.Super premium canned food which can be found at big box pet supply stores like Petco and
7.Super premium dry food.
8.Veterinary-recommended canned food. Vet recommended canned foods are purchased at your
vet's office or clinic. Typical brands are Science Diet, the Purina veterinary lines, Royal Canin and
9.Veterinary-recommended dry food.
10.Grocery store brand canned food.
11.Grocery store brand dry food.
12.Semi-most pouched food.
The reason this type of pet food is so far down the list is because in order for the food to remain
"semi-moist," an ingredient called propylene glycol is added. This is a scary preservative that is a
second cousin to ethylene glycol, which is antifreeze. And while propylene glycol is approved for use
in pet foods, it is unhealthy for dogs and cats. I do not recommend feeding any food that contains
13.Dead last on the list and the worst thing you can feed your pet is an unbalanced, homemade diet
– raw or cooked. I'm seeing an increasing number of misguided pet owners in my practice who think
they're doing the right thing by serving their pet, say, a chicken breast and some veggies and calling
it a day.
Yes, the food is homemade, but it's nutritionally unbalanced. Pets being fed this way are showing up
at my clinic with endocrine abnormalities, skeletal issues and organ degeneration as a result of
deficiencies in calcium, trace minerals and omega fatty acids.
From Worst to Best in a Heartbeat
For those of you who now know you're feeding your pet an unbalanced, homemade diet, there's an
extremely quick and easy way to soar to the top of the list.
All you need to do is add ingredients to balance out the nutrition in the diet you're already serving
your dog or cat. This is a fast, simple fix you can apply to turn an unbalanced homemade diet into a
So there you have it – the entire list of my recommendations for best-to-worst pet diets.
If you've discovered your pet's food is on the lower half of the list, set a goal to work your way up
If you're already at the top end of the list, congratulations! You're doing the best thing possible by
providing species-appropriate nutrition for the animals in your care
Your puppy's diet is very important to their growth. Therefore we feed Fromm
Gold Puppy and adult, homemade and the raw diet in all it's different form's
including grinding your own. Not to worry! There is a raw diet in a kibble
form if you choose to go that route! There is a lot of valuable information on
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