The Raw Food Diet for Our Domesticated Carnivores
William Pollak D.V.M. "In the wild, no one cooks for the
coyote or wolf; no one brushes their teeth. Their foods are raw and unprocessed."
The closer we can approximate the raw diet that Nature has designed for canines, felines and ferrets to eat - a diet they have been eating successfully for eons - the more natural, digestible and appropriate their diet will be. A whole raw foods, or prey model diet for our domesticated carnivores can be comprised of a combination of a variety of whole, raw, small carcasses, (for example small game hens, chickens, duck, quail, rabbits, mice, rats and/or fish) along with a variety of different parts of other, larger carcasses, (such as things like turkey, lamb, goat, pork, ostrich, emu, elk, venison and/or beef) which are fed over time in the relative proportions that are found in the average prey animal.
Dr. Ian Billinghurst DVM - "Most of the disease problems we vets see are caused by only one thing - poor nutrition.
Most modern dog owners are taught to believe that feeding dogs is such a difficult task.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If you can
get hold of a regular supply of raw meaty bones,
you will have no problems whatsoever.
Dr. Pitcairn D.V.M.- "...When I began to suggest the feeding
of raw meat, I found animals becoming more healthy even without other treatment.
Indeed, I have frequently had the report that people find their animals become
healthy when they make this change and diseases for which they were hoping to
have treatment (on a waiting list) have disappeared. Since that time, other
veterinarians have told me similar things about the use of raw meat. I do not
have numbers but I think the veterinarians recommending raw meat in the U.S.
are in the hundreds. My experience, albeit clinical and not based on studies,
is that my patients have improved health on a raw diet. Furthermore, I have
not seen significant parasite problems. Dogs and cats, being carnivores by nature,
are meant to eat raw meat and do not have a problem doing so."
Dr. Kollath, of the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, headed a study done
on animals. When young animals were fed cooked and processed foods they initially
appeared to be healthy. However, as the animals reached adulthood, they began
to age more quickly than normal and also developed chronic degenerative disease
symptoms. A control group of animals raised on raw foods aged less quickly and
were free of degenerative disease. In nature, we see another example of wild
animals eating entirely enzyme-rich raw foods being free of the degenerative diseases
that afflict humans.
Dr. William Pollak D.V.M. "Recent studies have shown processed
foods to be a factor in increasing the numbers of pets suffering from
cancer, arthritis, obesity, dental disease, and heart
disease. Dull or unhealthy coats are a common problem with cats and dogs, and
poor diet is usually the cause, according to many veterinarians and breeders.
"Dogs, cats, and other animals live for years on foods that come out of bags,
cans and boxes. But do these foods promote health? If they did, our companion
animals would enjoy long, happy lives free of arthritis, hip dysplasia, eye
problems, ear problems, fleas and other parasites, gum disease, lick granulomas,
thyroid imbalances, skin and coat problems, personality disorders, birth defects,
breeding problems, diabetes, cancer and other major and minor illnesses. Before
World War II, most North Americans fed their pets raw bones and table scraps.
Today, everyone uses convenience foods, and pet food companies are industry
giants. Diet isn't the only thing that has changed. So has life expectancy,
with the life span of many breeds now less than half what it was two or three
decades ago. Skin and coat problems are so common that we accept them as unavoidable,
and today's vets routinely treat conditions that used to be unusual or even rare."
The BARF Diet: Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (Bones And Raw Foods)
Wild carnivores have always consumed the raw bones of their prey. Their teeth
are adapted for this function, and their short, acidic digestive tract quickly
dissolves and digests these bones, which are packed with essential nutrients.
Our domesticated companions have teeth and digestive systems that are nearly
identical to those of their wild counterparts. While it is possible for dogs
or humans, to choke on whatever they are eating or drinking, consuming a fresh,
raw diet greatly reduces the risk of choking in dogs or cats. Cooking bones
makes them brittle and prone to splintering, as well as more difficult to digest.
Dr. Billinghurst, an Australian vet, recommends raw bones as the foundation
of a balanced diet.
His book "Give Your Dog a Bone" describes the rapidly deteriorating
health of Australian dogs and cats after the nation adopted commercial pet foods
in mid-1960s. The canine mouth has sharp pointed teeth and strong jaws designed
to tear flesh and crush bones. The stomach acid of the canine has strong acids
to digest bones and flesh. Raw bones have been a part of canines' diets for
as long as they have been tracking, attacking, and killing their prey.
Make the BARF (Bones and Raw Foods)
Switch easy on you and your dog with this ebook guideline and instructions. The dangers associated with a commercial
dog food diet is overwhelming – from immediate effects like a dull coat and
foul smelling dog;s breath, to longer term effects like increasing the risk
for canine cancers and a shorter life span. And that;s the sad truth that the
commercial pet food companies don;t want you to know. The amount of processing
and additives that go into the preparation of the commercial dog food contain
chemicals that are not optimal for your dog and may even make them sickly and
Dr. T.J. Dunn D.V.M."There is ample proof that today's pet
dogs and cats do not thrive on cheap, packaged, corn-based pet foods.
Dogs and cats are primarily meat eaters; to fill them up with grain-based processed
dry foods that barely meet minimum daily nutrient requirements has proven to
be a mistake."
food is essential for health. It is the ultimate source of life. There is no
other way to be disease free. No matter who tells you that a certain brand of
commercial food or home-cooked food is healthy, it is not. It is dead – no enzymes,
no friendly bacteria. Veterinarians, animal nutritionists, pet store owners,
store clerks, authors of nutrition books, or anyone else suggesting cooked foods
are not familiar with which foods and supplements are necessary for health.
If they were, they would not be prescribing, suggesting, and selling cooked
foods for carnivores. ALL canines and felines were designed to eat RAW food.
The Hidden Hazards
of Microwave Cooking Recent research shows that microwave oven-cooked
food suffers severe molecular damage. When eaten, it causes abnormal changes
in human blood and immune systems. Not surprisingly, the public has been denied
details on these significant health dangers.
pet food endangering pets health, killing pets
Raw Bones versus Cooked Bones
holistic veterinarians say that raw bones are NOT harmful to carnivores.
Only cooked bones can splinter and pose a threat. I have seen documentaries
of tiny white foxes catching doves and swallowing the birds whole, with feathers,
claws, beak, and all. Their stomach juices are very acidic and and loaded with
natural enzymes that dissolve and digest bone material. Chewing on raw bones
helps to strengthen the jaw bones, massage the gums while stimulating the salivary
and digestive glands, help reduce plaques and calculus accumulation on the tooth
surfaces, clean teeth, and reduce occurrence of gingivitis. Bones are a good
source of calcium and other important minerals.
"The common practice of feeding meat without bones (or bone meal)
is nutritionally disastrous for dogs and cats. There are far too many people
giving eggs and meat to their pets without providing a balance to all the phosphorus
they contain. Meat contains no calcium, and lots of phosphorus; bones contain
lots of calcium. Eggs contain lots of phosphorus; the shells contain calcium.
That is nature's balance. If we feed meat without bones or eggs without shells,
or aren't sure of the correct ratios of those things to feed, we must use something
to replace them. It is a common and tragic mistake to give a diet far too high
in phosphorus to cats and dogs."
Christie Keith from Natural Diet.... What is
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two-minute video of a dog protecting his bone. It will make your day!
Concerned about Zoonosis?
Zoonosis is an infectious or parasitic
disease, which is naturally passed from vertebrate animals to humans, and vice
versa, e.g. tuberculosis, rabies, or brucellosis. "Dogs and especially cats
can shed Salmonella organisms in both their feces and saliva, meaning that transmission
can occur via licking." A pet dog or cat licking your hand is a very common occurrence. Sometimes
a pet may lick the face of a child, helping germs spread more easily. Animal
saliva contains many pathogenic agents. If you have these concerns, learn about
the healthy alternatives to feeding raw food, you can feed your pet
healthy kibbles or can food with all natural ingredients.
Concerned about salmonella and other bugs?
The digestive systems of dogs and cats are short, acidic, and handle bacteria well. This is
why they are not susceptible to salmonella, parasites, or e-coli from tainted
meat as humans are. Humans have very long digestive tracks which allow food
to 'linger' for 24 hours or more, thus allowing more time for parasites to get
into their bloodstreams. Zoonosis
Dr. Marty Goldstein DVM, author of
The Nature of Animal Healing :
The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring
for Your Dog and Cat talks about making the healthiest food and lifestyle
choices for our furry friends.
listen click here (it may take 20 seconds to download)
add Fulvic acids to Shasta's raw food diet. According
to research, Fulvic neutralizes toxins and can
eliminate food poisoning within minutes. When it encounters free
radicals with unpaired positive or negative electrons, and it supplies an
equal and opposite charge to neutralize the free radical. fulvic acid acts
as a refiner and transporter of organic materials and cell nutrients. According
to A. Szalay, fulvic acid has the ability to dramatically detoxify herbicides,
pesticides, and other poisons that it interacts with – this includes many
radioactive elements. This detoxification process may extend to animals
and humans. Dr. Cohen also uses Calcium Montmorillonite
Clay as a potent detoxifier. Shirley
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Feeding Cats A Whole Raw Food
own cats eat ONLY raw meat and, while this is not
mandatory for good results in the diabetic cat, it is a very good way to provide
some of the natural, unprocessed nutrition the cat evolved to utilize best."
Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM
The closer we can approximate the raw diet that Nature has designed felines
to eat - a diet they have been eating successfully for eons - the more natural,
digestible and appropriate their diet will be. And the closer we can come to
modeling our cats; diets this way, upon Nature;s ideal, the more the natural
benefits of eating this way will impact their overall health and well being.
A whole raw foods, or prey model, diet for cats can be comprised of a combination
of a variety of whole, raw, small carcasses, (for example small game hens, chickens,
duck, quail, rabbits, mice, rats and/or fish) along with a variety of different
parts of other, larger carcasses, (such as things like turkey, lamb, goat, pork,
ostrich, emu, elk, venison and/or beef) which are fed over time in the relative
proportions that are found in the average prey animal. The idea is that the
overall diet be comprised of a similar ratio of body parts that Nature uses
to make up whole carcasses.
"The key to health is keeping live foods in the body. Live foods have
enzymes; little protein molecules, which are essential
for digesting food, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy,
for repairing all tissues, organs, and cells, and functions so diverse that
it is impossible to name them all.
William Pollak D.V.M. - "The results of a
clinical trial suggest that 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can
be eliminated without medical intervention over a period of one year with proper diet modifications and an
understanding of the healing process as exhibited through healing episodes. Approaching disease from the
perspective of health is the most powerful means of eliminating disease."
Dr. Alfred Plechner, D.V.M "The most common and most visible
symptoms of nutritionally caused deficiencies are
allergies of one kind or another.
Because many commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long-term
effect of these foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment.
[It's a dinosaur effect. Animals are being programmed for disaster, for extinction.
Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to
manufacture adequate Cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to
disease." Allergies can be, and often are, unrecognized deficiency diseases.
Dr. Charles E Loops
D.V.M - "The best diet is a raw food diet"
Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Pet Diet by Kymythy R. Schultze
This book will help pet-lovers enable their dogs and cats to enjoy
an ideal quality of life though a species-appropriate diet of raw, natural foods.
"My Golden Retriever has suffered from allergies most of her life. She has
been on the diet in this book for six months. After a detox period (explained
in this book) which lasted 6-8 weeks, her overall health has improved tremendously.
My dog is off all of her previous medication of antibiotics and
Prednisone, her skin is clear, her coat is soft
and thick, and her attitude is great. I would definitely recommend this book.
I would also recommend seeking help from a homeopathic vet when switching to the diet."
Raw Food Recipes - For those of you who would
like to make your own raw food diet, this booklet will give you some answers
The Problem with Cooked Food
Dr. Alicia McWatters, Ph.D. - "Fresh, raw foods contain
the highest level of enzymes, and these enzymes assist in digestion. Cooked
foods and dry convenient diets have been denatured and are devoid of enzymes:
life-promoting elements. While they may maintain life, they do not promote optimum
health or longevity!"
Howell MD - "Among the many thousands of species of creatures living
on this earth, only humans and some of their domesticated animals try to live
without . And only these transgressors of nature;s
law are penalized with defective health. It is not surprising that dogs (and
cats) have many human diseases since they are given only canned or packaged,
heat-treated, enzyme-free food."
Dr. Edward Howell, author of Enzyme Nutrition
Cooked food is dead. Everything in a can or a bag is cooked. All processed foods for people or animals have been cooked, sterilized, or pasteurized, which means all the enzymes that are needed to digest and utilize
the food are destroyedThe saying "We are what we eat" is not exactly correct.
We are what we utilize.
"Each of us receives a supply of enzymes at birth. The supply is not limitless;
it must supply the organism with life-sustaining enzymes for the duration of
its existence. When the enzyme supply is exhausted, it signals the breakdown
of the organism (the animal). Enzymes are needed to run all body systems. Metabolic
enzymes are used by the heart, lungs, kidneys, immune system, and for brain
functions; digestive enzymes convert protein, carbohydrates, and fat into fuel
to maintain the organism. Over-taxing the body to supply digestive enzymes can
reduce the supply of metabolic enzymes. Eventually, the body becomes enzyme-deficient,
making it vulnerable to disease. Not suprisingly, glands and major organs suffer
most from enzyme deficiency."
can one prevent the body from depleting its own supply of enzymes?
Nature solved the problem for us by providing those enzymes in
RAW FOODS. Food enzymes begin the process
of digestion in the stomach. If there are no food enzymes, the body must produce
additional digestive enzymes resulting in fewer metabolic enzymes. If you feed
your dog a diet containing at least 70% raw foods, you're providing these vital
enzymes. Congratulations! Cooking or processing food above 118 degrees Fahrenheit
destroys all food enzymes. If your dog's diet consists mainly of cooked or processed
foods, the animals store of metabolic enzymes will be converted into digestive
enzymes. The lack of food enzymes puts a heavier burden on the body to generate
adequate enzymes to complete digestion.
In nature, animals know to seek out those foods that satisfy their nutritional
needs. For example; free-roaming wolves hunt grazing animals whenever possible.
Before eating muscle or bone, the wolves feast on stomach contents, the liver,
pancreas, and intestines -- in other words, they are gorging on enzyme-laden
tissues. Wolf pups are weaned and maintained on regurgitated food, also heavily
laced with digestive enzymes. Unless we provide the same food a wolf enjoys
in the wild, adding a digestive enzyme supplement to each meal may be essential
for optimum digestion and overall good health. A multiple digestive enzyme should
contain pancreatin, lipase, oxbile, pepsin, betain, hydrochloric acid (HCL),
bromelain, papain, amylase, and protease.
Digestive Enzymes and
Probiotics helps promote a healthy balance of bacteria and protect the body
against harmful invading microorganisms.
William Pollak D.V.M. - "Malnutrition and the toxic condition
of the animal fed commercial diets can result in the inability to digest and
assimilate basic food components of the fresher, more wholesome types of food
such as raw food."
How I Saved My Dog's Life with Raw Foods and Natural Supplements
A testimonial by Shirley, author of this website
In 1990, the veterinarian suggested to euthanize my 2 year old German Shepherd dog because "nothing could be done to stop her suffering and to cure her". Years later she remained the perfect picture of health and vitality. I treated with homeopathy and herbal extracts.
I also help boost her immune system with transfer factors. I prepared wholesome homemade meals with
raw eggs, raw organically grown veggies, kelp, flaxseeds, raw whole
fish, raw bones, all sorts of raw meats including organ meats, and I make sure
that all meats I purchase for her at the market are NON-IRRADIATED. I fast her
on water every other day for optimum health. ...
Our pets are prone to suffer from mineral and trace-mineral deficiency. For
optimum health, I supplement my animal's diet (and my diet too) with the following:
fulvic minerals and/or marine
phytoplankton (consisting of an immense arsenal and array of naturally occurring
powerful phytochemicals, biochemicals, supercharged antioxidants, free-radical
scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, amino acids,
antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals), bee pollen
(rich in naturally occurring vitamins), kelp
(marine plants), the right kind of salt (notcommon
table salt), and clay (to promote healing and to detoxify),
and with flaxoil (also knows as linseed oil -- a rich
source of omega 3 fatty acids). Shasta does not drink tap water. I give
her only filtered water which is free
from toxic chlorine and fluoride. I support my immune system and that of my
animals with transfer factors.
and by raising our
level. . I never cook or warm up food in a microwave oven. Please
read about the Hidden Hazards of Microwave
Healthy Alternatives to Feeding
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with vitamins, minerals, fats, and fatty acids which are essential for the optimal
health of your dog or cat. No harmful chemicals are used in these pet foods!
They are made from the highest-quality ingredients with
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Transitioning to a New Diet
William Pollak D.V.M.
Upon switching to a more nutritious diet, physical and behavioral improvements
can be dramatic or gradual depending on the state of the animal;s health. Severe
nutritional deficiencies and toxic states have been known to mimic almost every
known disease in veterinary medicine. In chronic conditions, some developing
over several generations, improvement in health can take months or years.
Feline transitioning to a raw diet
Malnutrition and the toxic condition of the animal fed commercial diets can
result in the inability to digest and assimilate basic food components of the
fresher, more wholesome type we are describing here. The body will sometimes
expel these accumulated poisons during periods of diarrhea, hair loss, scaling
of skin. These periods are known as Healing Episodes/Healing Crisis. Though
these situations are not necessary, they are not uncommon. The body will cleanse
itself of these toxic agents before it can assimilate more healthful nutrients
to regain a higher state of balanced health.
Diarrhea Usually Not Disease -- Just Cleaning House
Diarrhea can be a normal part of transitioning to a healthier diet. Changing
the food to the natural raw meat diet can sometimes cause diarrhea as the energy
content is too rich for the current digestive ability of the animal. With slow
transitioning on to the new diet, the pet's digestive system can acclimate to
the higher flow of nourishment.
ease the diarrhea, I mix a little therapeutic clay and
paunch manure into
my dog's food. It works wonders! Shirley
Dr. Cohen - "In addition to the role it plays as a potent
detoxifier, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has also been used extensively in the treatment of pain, open wounds, colitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, intestinal problems, acne, anemia, and a variety of other health issues. Clay not only cures minor problems, such as diarrhea and constipation through local application; it acts on all the organs—on the whole organism. Everything unhealthy that emits negative radiation is irresistibly attracted to clay and becomes subject to immediate elimination."
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Fasting for Health in Holistic Veterinary Medicine A powerful healing practice
William Pollak, D.V.M,. - "Many experts on canine nutrition recommend
occasional fasting, such as one day without solid food per week or month, to
simulate the natural conditions in which these animals evolved. Fasting gives
the digestive organs an opportunity to rest and helps the body repair itself.
In the wild, predators alternate between gorging themselves and going for one
or several days without food, so a once-a-week or once-a-month fast is both
beneficial and easy for most dogs to adjust to."
Bill Winter D.V.M - "To this day I do not believe that I have ever
discovered a healing technique quite as powerful. I have recommended fasting
for 10,000 to 20,000 animals, and have seen true miracles over these years of
practice. Juliette de Bairacli Levy
says that the two most important aspects of natural animal rearing are: fasting
and a raw diet."
If for some reason your dog or cat is unable to tolerate all or part of the
raw food diet, you can join the
forum to discuss the alternative methods of feeding your companions.
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. - "Every function inside the body
is regulated by and depends on water. Water must be available to carry vital
elements, oxygen, hormones, and chemical messengers to all parts of the body.
Without sufficient water to wet all parts equally, some more remote parts of
the body will not receive the vital elements that water supplies. Water is also
needed to carry toxic waste away from the cells. In fact, there are at least
50 reasons why the body needs sufficient water on a regular, everyday basis.
Without sufficient water to constantly wet all parts, your body's drought-management
system kicks into action. The histamine-directed chemical messenger systems
are activated to arrange a new, lower quota of water for the drought-stricken
areas. When histamine and its subordinate "drought managers" come across pain-sensing
nerves, they cause pain. This is what I discovered in my research that I mentioned
Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them
For millennia, humans have observed animals in the wild eating plants and minerals
and applying naturally occurring topical antitoxins from the same sources to
combat infectious wounds, parasites, and internal disorders. Herds of elephants
risk injury and death in a perilous journey to hidden salt caves where they
supplement their sodium-deficient diet.
Pet owners often complaint that their new puppies are sick with diarrhea,
vomiting, running eyes, and ear infections. A lot of money is spent on veterinary
care and medication, often with poor results. Learn how to wean your pup or
kitten to a natural raw food diet. Learn about alternate method of vaccination.
You will see all symptoms of ill health clear up in a few weeks and your animal
Breeders who have changed their animal's diets and used alternative methods
of health care and vaccination have observed dramatic health improvement in
the young and adult alike, including larger litters and less complication of
prenancies and birth such as premature birth, smaller litters, C-sections, tiny
or weak puppies; sick pups, and puppy mortality.
Dr. Pottenger discovered quite by accident that cats degenerated unless they
were fed raw food. In his 10-year study of 900 cats, he found the optimal diet
for his cats was 2/3 raw meat and 1/3 raw milk plus a little cod liver oil.
If either the meat or the milk was cooked, the cats degenerated. And if both
were cooked, the degeneration was much worse, and the cats could no longer reproduce
by the third generation.
Some of the problems Pottenger found in the cats fed cooked food were: heart
problems; nearsightedness and farsightedness; underactivity and inflammation
of the thyroid; infections of the kidney, liver, testes, ovaries and bladder;
arthritis and inflammation of the joints; inflammation of the nervous system
with paralysis and meningitis. And in the third generation, some of the cats'
bones became as soft as rubber. Lung problems, and bronchitis and pneumonia
were also frequent. Moreover, the females became irritable and even dangerous,
and the males became passive and lacked sex interest.
Nutrition in Small Mammals
by Susan A. Brown, D.V.M
A variety of small mammals such as hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice,
rats, rabbits, chinchillas, and ferrets are commonly kept as household pets
for adults and children alike. These pets have been bred in captivity for years
and are ideal for a variety of pet owners because of their small space requirements,
quiet nature, ease of handling, and relatively simple husbandry requirements.
Diet is an important part of the care of these pets, and each species should
have its own specific nutritional needs met. A rabbit is not a rodent is not
a ferret, and so on.
SMALL MAMMAL HEALTH SERIES
In Veterinary Partner.com's Small Mammal Health Series, renowned exotic animal
veterinarian Dr. Susan Brown covers general husbandry and proper diets -- as
well as specific common (and not so common) medical disorders in rabbits, ferrets,
guinea pigs, etc.
Nutrition and Care for Ferret, Reptiles and Rodents
Books and video on Natural Health Care for Animals
Read the heart warming testimonials about animals who fully recovered from cancer
and other illnesses with holistic/nutritional therapies. This is a collection
of emails I received over the years and for which I received the permission
to publish on my site. With almost each testimonial you will find an email address
to facilitate correspondence, feedback, and support. Shirley
-- Obedience Dog Training
(and behavior problem-solving), and Solving Cat Behavior Problems.