Here at Growlies we’re big fans of Dr. Becker’s message and videos. Most recently Dr. Becker has done a three part video series discussing pet food and raw living foods specifically.
In video One the primary points of discussion are:
From a genetic standpoint, domesticated canines and felines are essentially the same as their wild counterparts, who are carnivores.
Dogs and cats have not evolved from meat-eaters to vegetarians, but you wouldn’t know it from the ingredients used in the vast majority of commercial pet foods on the market.
Fortunately, dogs and cats are adaptable, resilient animals. Otherwise, the biologically inappropriate convenience pet foods they’ve been fed for the last century would wreak even greater havoc on their health.
High-carbohydrate, low-moisture commercial pet foods have created significant metabolic and physiologic stress in our pets and have become the root cause of most of the inflammatory processes and degenerative disease we see in veterinary medicine today.
In video two the primary points of discussion are:
Dr. Becker defines optimal nutrition for dogs and cats and lists her nutritional goals for her patients.
Your pet’s overall health is heavily influenced by two factors — genetics and environment. Environmental factors include diet, antioxidant intake, exposure to chemicals, and water and air quality. Your pet’s weight, sex, age, breed, prior illnesses and injuries, hormonal status and fitness level are also part of the equation.
Pet food recalls are on the rise, but did you know most of the recalls are because something was found (often salmonella bacteria) that could pose health risks to humans – not necessarily pets? And have you noticed the vast majority of recalls involve processed foods, not raw diets?
Fear of the presence of salmonella remains a big hurdle for pet owners considering raw diets, but the risk of handling raw meat for dogs and cats is no greater than the risk of handling raw meat for human consumption. The same safe handling precautions apply. And sterile raw foods are widely available.
Dr. Becker also puts to rest pet owner concerns about trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, salmon poisoning, GI parasites and unidentified pathogens in raw pet food.
In video three the primary points of discussion are:
Dr. Becker discusses why these diets get a bad rap.One reason is that many raw pet food diets, especially homemade and prey-model diets, are not nutritionally balanced. Many vets who treat nutrient-deficient pets develop a bias against all homemade and raw diets as a result.
Another reason is that changing a pet’s diet too quickly can result in diarrhea and other GI issues, which are then blamed on the food rather than on the speed at which the transition took place. In addition, pets with pre-existing GI disease, if not transitioned carefully under the guidance of a knowledgeable vet, often experience a worsening of their condition.
In this segment, Dr. Becker discusses the right way to transition a GI-debilitated pet to a raw diet, as well as what to expect from your dog or cat during and after the switch to raw food.
The video also covers in detail the best way to include raw bones in your pet’s diet.
All three pages where this info was sourced are: