THE RAW TRUTH ABOUT RAW FOOD DIETS: MAKING THE MEAL
MAKING THE MEAL
Preparing a raw food diet is similar to making a home-cooked
meal. It may be awkward at first for those of us who do not spend a lot of
time in the kitchen. With time and repetition it will become habit and seem
simple. The raw meat, veggies, and extras are mixed together and served at
room temperature. Cold food can cause GI upset and takes longer to digest.
Feed the meat and veggie mixture first. The raw bone is saved for dessert because
it is often the pet’s favorite part of the meal. Rinse cold meaty raw
bones in hot water to bring to room temperature prior to feeding. Serve filtered,
spring, or distilled water rather than tap water. Use lead-free ceramic, glass,
or stainless steel dishes rather than plastic dishes. Ingredients for this
diet can be found at grocery stores, health food stores, farmers markets, and
meat markets. We encourage you to buy organic if possible. Most dogs and cats
will only need to eat this diet once daily. Younger pets or seniors with health
problems may need 2 meals daily.
The benefits of feeding a raw food diet to your pet
are many and varied: stronger disease and parasite resistance, elimination
of bad body odor and bad breath, healthy skin and hair coat, improved digestion,
clean teeth and ears, intestinal exercise, upper body exercise, and good mental
health. Good nutrition is truly the foundation of health. For most pets this
type of diet will build a healthier immune system. This in turn helps the pet
deal with the stresses of our polluted world and provides them with optimal
quality of life. A raw food diet may not be appropriate of all pets, but for
many it will help them to function at their best.
For those of you wishing to learn more about raw food
diets please consider the following books: Natural Nutrition for Dogs and
Cats by Kymythy Schultze (copies available at our office) or Give Your
Dog a Bone by Ian Billinghurst V.V.Sc(Hons). Please contact our office
for a list of commercial raw food vendors and for home made recipes.
Dr. Teresa Garden is chief veterinarian
and owner of Animal Health & Healing, a full-service
holistic and conventional veterinary practice in the
Maplewood/Richmond Heights area.
AnimalHealthandHealing.com; phone: 314-781-1738.