Why Not Feed Your Pet A Raw Diet?
by Dr. Jeannie Thomason co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
Not a day goes by that I don’t see people posting on social media or emailing me about their new puppy or kitten already having digestive issues or itchy skin. The majority of these people have already taken the puppy or kitten to a veterinarian (or several) and spent a lot of money on blood tests, fecal tests, dewormers, antibiotics, probiotics, several different brands of pet food and expensive ingredients to make their own “home cooked” diet. Sadly, all to no avail.
They are desperately looking for a way to help their beloved, new companion be healthy. They are asking what brand of food others might recommend, or if supplements might be the answer and if so, which ones?
The majority of people who email me are the ones who have “tried everything” they have heard of or been told to do. My first question for them is: “Have you considered feeding a raw diet? ”
I get varied responses to that question but most of the responses are that they have not considered such a “drastic” thing until now – when nothing else is helping and apparently everything they are trying is making the health issues worse. They are desperate and ask me how feeding a raw diet could possibly help digestive issues or itchy skin in their dogs.
I guess I am still in awe of how many people can still believe that feeding a processed pet food is feeding a proper diet to their dogs and/or cats.
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