Raw Diets vs. Cooked Kibble
A raw diet aims to mimic what dogs and wolves eat in the wild. It should be a varied diet of muscle meats, organs, bones, fruit and vegetables. Eating foods that aren’t appropriate for anyone’s diet will cause side effects (like drinking milk if you’re lactose intolerant), so why is your dog any different? A dog doesn’t have the digestive enzymes to properly break down and utilise cooked foods, or grains like corn or wheat.
Just like with humans, an unhealthy diet and high medical costs go hand-in-hand. Change the cause of many health problems and you’ll reap the benefits of a happier, healthier dog and less expensive trips to the Doggy Doctor.
Commercial food products are loaded with grain, fillers, flavourings, preservatives, chemicals, and un-natural “meat-like” substances. These cause a multitude of health problems, from skin conditions to digestive problems to cancer. The most dangerous side-effects are gradual and debilitating.
Dogs are meat-eaters. Look at their meat-ripping canine teeth and the absence of grinding molars. They also don’t have the natural digestive enzymes to process any nutrients from grains or cooked foods.
Kibble or biscuits are made by grinding cheap grains like corn, wheat and rice into a powder which is combined with wet ingredients to form a dough. Then, using a machine called an extruder, the dough is formed into bite-sized pieces in various shapes in an extremely high pressure and high temperature environment. I have learned that almost all of the commercial dog foods available contain cereals and grains discarded by cereal companies - ultimately at the expense of your dogs health.
Many dry and wet foods contain quantities of cereal up to four times as much than actual meat!
Kibble gets it's meat flavourings sprayed on after the baking process. The flavouring comes from a substance which is far from what you would consider meat. It is often labeled as ‘meat meal’, ‘meat by-products’ or ‘meat-like’. Wet food is made with a similar process, 'meaty-chunks' are often cereals with flavouring.
Where the flavouring comes from: Animal rendering plants provide fillers and by-products of inedible animals to the pet food and cosmetics industries. Parts of the animal is boiled down in a big vat, and the light fat floats to the top to create an ‘animal by-product’. Other parts are ground raw and these remains are sold as ‘not for human consumption’.
Rendering plants use 4-D meat (Dead, Dying, Diseased, Disabled), road kill, zoo animals, and can even include euthanised dogs and cats in the rendering process. In an attempt to save a sick animal, it is pumped full of drugs such as penicillin, procaine and trimethoprim, which remains in the meat - slaughter to serve. Diseased or dead animals can carry the infectious or contagious pathogen right through slaughter to serve. The rendered product can carry anthrax, botulism, lockjaw, tuberculosis and other diseases.