Starting the discussion about real pet foods

When new people walk into our pet health food store Growlies® they are usually looking for an easy and similarly priced alternative to the kibble they are feeding now. I usually start out by letting them know that the basic premise we work from is that real foods are always healthier than processed foods. The less processing that is done to the foods before it is served the better. While there are many schools of thought on the different ways you can or should feed raw foods, ie: RMB, Prey, B.A.R.F., S.A.R.F etc, if people want to dive into the different feeding methods that is just rawsome, but those many different feeding models is not how people start feeding real foods. Commonly they start by looking for healthier alternatives to the commercial processed pet foods available at most pet food stores and grocery store shelves.

The next thing we often discuss is that in kibble we are trained by the large pet food manufacturers that variety is bad and that what is in their one bag is balanced and complete. Have you noticed that they never say balanced and complete in human foods? That is because they are not allowed to make that claim in human foods. Why? Because it really is not possible for a single food product to balanced and complete when it comes to a complex topic like nutrition. So we talk about how none of our single flavours, packages or manufacturers are to be considered complete diets; they are all meals. That means that through a variety of meals we get balanced and complete nutrition, never from just a single product or manufacturer.

One of the things I often see with people new to feeding real foods is that they have this aura of negativity or disgust around the foods. Believe me when I say our pets mirror us. So if you, the pet owner, are disgusted by raw meat then so will your pet. I have had to tell some people in a very direct manner, get out of the way of your pet and allow them to enjoy the food. Often pet owners get caught up in the complexities of real diets and make it more difficult not only for the pet but for the pet owner too. This behaviour is one of the excuses some people use to stop feeding healthy foods.

Real food diets are easy. Offer a variety. Feed foods with bone in at least 4 days a week and something with lots of muscle meat the other two or three days a week. One of the most important things is that your pet carnivore also get the chance to masticate through raw, soft bone bearing meat as this is a perfect tooth brush for them. Their teeth are their most important tools and so they are indicative of overall health. Healthy teeth often equals healthy pet.

We do recommend two very basic supplements for all dogs and cats. They are both fairly inexpensive and offer great benefits. One is a basic Ocean Kelp based supplement for a healthy source of iodine and a broad spectrum of minerals. Second is some kind of omega oil supplement, we prefer a salmon oil. For special needs dogs there are many other things available but for a normal healthy dog or cat these are the only two we ask people to consider.

For more info on our pet carnivores please see: – I know this is only for cats but it is a great site. – I really like Dr. Beckers videos, look for more they are great. –  old style site but great info.  – Dr. Lonsdale the father of prey model pet diets.  – Our youtube channel, please subscribe.