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Let Raw Be Thy Healing Medicine

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Raw food is very good for dogs and cats. If you raise your pet on raw food, you will probably be unaware of this as they will likely be very healthy. This is certainly the experience of thousands of raw-feeding vets around the world. You may notice a difference too if you speak to friends who are feeding processed kibble and tinned diets.

Often they will complain of recurrent problems in their pets: hot spots, ear infections, diarrhea, colitis, vomiting, anal gland problems, tooth and gum disease, hyperactivity, obesity and cancer. These diseases, alarmingly, are considered 'just one of those things' when you have a pet and feed them conventionally with processed foods. However, the reality is these illnesses should not be considered 'just one of those things'. 

Raw fed dogs and cats are much less likely to suffer from this horrendous list of maladies. Therefore, raw feeding can help remedy these problems. Let's look at some of the most common problems where raw feeding has reversed these conditions.


Skin Diseases

Hot spots are a result of dogs scratching inflamed skin. Hot spots usually appear quickly, often overnight, producing a bald, wet red, sore area, usually on the head or rump. Cats and dogs itch for three main reasons: parasites, infection and allergies.

Of the allergies, food allergies are common and, thankfully, are something about which you can do, unlike pollen or house dust allergy issues. Wheat (gluten), beef (including dairy and tripe, sometimes) and chicken are the biggest allergy culprits, I find. As a vet, one of the first things I'll do with an itchy pet is to take them off wheat, beef and chicken for the first month. In many cases, this is all that needs to be done.
Colitis is inflammation of the colon, the lower bowel. Enteritis is the name for inflammation of any part of the gut below the stomach. Parasites, infections and cancers can induce inflammation in these areas, but food intolerance/allergies are the most common. 

Again, removing Wheat, beef and chicken from this diet initially is sometimes just the job. If this is not sufficient, it's worth removing all proteins but one, and doing an 'exclusion diet': giving just one unusual raw protein (e.g. rabbit, venison, white fish sometimes lamb) for four weeks. Most healthy pets do well on raw beef, chicken and tripe foods.
Anal glands are two sacks in the wall of the anus, about the size of a child's marble in medium sized dogs, which produce a smelly brown liquid that they use to scent the stool to mark territory. Cats have them, too, but they cause much less problems. 

If the stools are good and solid (click here to read our "Rank Your Poo" article), the action of passing stools squeezes the glands to empty the scent liquid onto the stool, kind of like mustard on a hot dog sausage! But, if the stools are soft because the dog is ill for more than a day or two, or if the dog is eating a less than perfect diet, then the squeezing action of passing loose stool doesn't squeeze the glands. Thus, they over-fill and sometimes become infected.

Treatment involves the vet squeezing the glands, but if the stool quality remains loose, then they will just fill again quickly. Raw food suits most pets more than any other way of feeding, so moving onto a raw food, improves the stool consistency and therefore allows your pet to empty their own glands daily. 

A major part of raw food feeding is giving dogs and cats fresh boney items to chew. These range from chicken wings to neck of lamb, knuckle of beef or duck necks, depending on the size of your animal. Raw bones do three things: they clean teeth, entertain and delight pets and give much-needed minerals, cartilage and roughage for the gut. 

Animals who do not receive these chewable items will get more dental problems than those who do, whether they are on raw food or not. If a dog or cat had early or even moderate dental problems, raw food, including boney chewables clean the teeth, negating the need for costly and risky anaesthetics to clean or fix the teeth surgically.


Lethargy & Hyperactivity

Strangely, both lethargy and hyperactivity can be helped with appropriate raw diet. I know hundreds of dogs who have been helped with either end of the energy scale. Raw food would be my first choice. Studies in school children show that supplementation with omega 3 rich foods such as flax or fish oil can help with concentration and reduce hyperactivity. This applies to dogs and cats, too.

We use oils like this to supplement our raw foods. Omega 3 oils ease inflammation such as arthritis, pain and stiffness, helping older pets who might be slowing down, well into old age. If you think about it, most diseases involve some degree of inflammation. If the diet you provide is inherently anti-inflammatory, then this is bound to help with a myriad of problems, even if they are only niggles at the moment.


Obesity

Obesity in dogs and cats in the USA is over 50%. Pets have been eating high-carb foods for the last 70 years as have humans whose obesity levels are similarly skyrocketing!

Recent studies have disproved the 'eating low fat to lose weight' story we have been told for generations. The current thinking, and scientists have known this since the 1960s, is that 'fats don't make you fat, carbs do'.

Carbohydrates, like bread, pasta and cookies in the human diet are broken down in the gut to sugars. Sugars boost insulin, driving the body into storage mode; useful if you're a hunter-gatherer gorging fruit in the autumn before a cold winter, but deadly if you're living in modern society where you eat carbs morning noon and night every day, not to mention the in-between 'snacks'.

Knowing that carbs are the root of obesity, big pet food companies still make kibbled and tinned foods with 30-60% soluble carbohydrate in the analysis. Is it any wonder we're seeing an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cancer among our companion animals?


Diabetes

Diabetes, or 'Diabetes mellitus' to give it its Sunday-best name, is a disease where tissues are no longer responsive to insulin production in the pancreas. Typically, insulin is produced in response to occasional starches and sugars in the diet. If these food products are eaten continually (as they are in kibble fed pets), insulin production is continual. 

The tissues (muscle, fat deposits and the liver) eventually 'stick their fingers in their ears' and go 'La la la la la', as anything would if they were on the receiving end of this kind of barrage. Sugars then build up in the body causing excessive thirst, weight loss, lethargy, dehydration and urinary infections.

Cats when moved on to raw food can be cured of diabetes. Obviously, cats were never made to eat high cereal diets. Moving them back to an ancestral diet improves their metabolism extraordinarily.

Once dogs have diabetes, they can be helped with raw food, low-carb diets, losing weight and good mineral and vitamin regimes, but it's not as easy as treating cats with this man made disease.


Cancer

Cancer is very prevalent in people and pets. It is described as a 'multi-factorial' disease; that is, it is caused by many factors, often working synergistically to allow or induce tumour growth.

These factors include quality of food, food additives, over-processing of foods, exposure to pesticides, obesity and long-term inflammation in the body. A well prepared, balanced and complete diet avoids all of these pitfalls, helping the body to battle cancer.

It is no surprise that raw food can help with most of today's common modern illnesses. Dogs and cats evolved to eat natural raw diets. Going back to feeding them foods based on these principles is to be, the healthiest option to combat the diseases of domestication. Hippocrates was right when he said, 'Let food be thy medicine'.


NOW, we'd love to hear your feedback. What naturally healthy change have you made to your pet's diet that's helped his health? LEAVE A COMMENT and feel free to share this with people you think will love it.


Natural lifestyle, naturally health, naturally thriving!!

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website and articles are based on the opinions of the people at Authentica. The information contained within is not intended to replace that of your qualified vets or intended as medical advice. We are sharing knowledge and information but in no way should this pertain you from seeking proper professional medical/veterinary advice. We encourage you to do your own research and make your own decisions on your pet's health in conjunction with your vet. Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy of information. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors. Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements and those of your pet. If you become aware of any material on the website that you believe infringes your or any other person's copyright, please report this by email to info@authenticapets.com so we can immediately rectify the issue.

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website and articles are based on the opinions of the people at Authentica. The information contained within is not intended to replace that of your qualified vets or intended as medical advice. We are sharing knowledge and information but in no way should this pertain you from seeking proper professional medical/veterinary advice. We encourage you to do your own research and make your own decisions on your pet's health in conjunction with your vet. Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy of information. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors. Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements and those of your pet. If you become aware of any material on the website that you believe infringes your or any other person's copyright, please report this by email to info@authenticapets.com so we can immediately rectify the issue.

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