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"We just seldom see the so called inevitable diseases in our patients, when we can get the owners to raise their pets on their natural foods."

Marty Goldstein, DVM;
Robert Goldstein, VMD;
H. Robertson, DVM;
Richard J. Kearns, DVM

Located in Calgary, AB
Proudly Canadian

Calgary Based Locally Owned and Operated Pet Stores

The Truth About Raw Pet Food   (continued)


The Truth About Raw Pet Food

The Transformational Benefits of Raw Feeding

The changes that take place when a pet is transitioned to a raw diet are nothing short of amazing.

As any raw feeder would attest, the changes in their animals are a transformation.

The Real Benefits of Raw

 - Healthy, soft, lustrous coat

 - Radiant health

 - Normalization of weight

 - Cleaner teeth, no bad breath

 - Less body odour

 - Increased energy, focus and happiness

Raw Feeding Will Resolve or Help

 - Irritable bowel

 - Allergies

 - Food intolerances

 - Overweight or underweight issues

 - Skin conditions

 - Diabetes

 - Degenerative disease


Canines and felines evolved on variety. Like all living things balance and health is achieved by eating a wide variety of species appropriate foods.

The "Pet Food for Life" concept was created by the pet food industry, not for the benefit our pets, but to keep you buying their pet food! There is no nutritional basis behind this fiction.

Feeding an animal the same food at every meal for every day of its life cannot be healthy, and we certainly wouldn't do the same for our kids, or ourselves for that matter.

Unlike with processed foods, variety with raw foods will not cause gastrointestinal upset. This issue simply does not exist when an animal is fed as they're supposed to.

Raw feeders can change from chicken patties to ground bison or elk meals in the space of a day with no ill effect, the only consequence is radiant health!



Raw food has the highest digestibility of any diet available. This is only one reason why pets with irritable bowel symptoms find immediate relief in a natural raw diet.

Many dry pet foods claim high digestibility. Pulverizing, heating, pressurizing, hyrolyzing and grinding allows poor quality ingredients to be digestible - on their own they would come out the same way they came in. This is simply marketing propoganda. Apparent claims of digestibility out shadow the fact that these are poor quality foods.

Raw food is truly the easiest pet food to digest, it can be utilized to a much greater degree, and results in significantly less backyard clean up - that's digestibility in a nut shell.

When naturally occuring enzymes are inactivated by heat processing, your pets pancreas must now carry the burden to produce more enzymes to digest the protein, fats, and extremely high levels of carbohydrates present in dry foods.

This effectively stresses the pancreas. Years of bombardment decreases the pancreas' ability to perform. This coupled with constant insulin spikes caused by carbohydrate laden foods opens the gates for irritable bowel symptoms, yeast overgrowth, insulin resistance and diabetes.

What About Bacteria?

Carnivores are designed to eat raw!Perhaps the largest controversy surrounding raw feeding is the presence of bacteria. This has been sensationalized by the giants of the dry pet food industry along with some biased veterinarians who have little knowledge on raw feeding that have never tried it.

What they fail to mention is the countless recalls of dry pet food due to salmonella, tainted ingredient scandals or unbalanced pet foods that have made it to market.

Most recently in July of 2010 all Iams veterinary dry foods were recalled due to salmonella contamination. Contaminated dry foods can cause bacterial problems to proliferate because of the bowel transit time slowdown processed foods cause.

The real danger here is that people expect a sterile product, and do not handle the dry food in the same way they would if it had a possibility of posing a risk. Bacteria is possible in dry foods, canned foods and treats.

The facts are that healthy dogs, cats and ferrets do not succumb to bacteria from raw food, including salmonella. As carnivores their bodies are designed to consume raw meat.

Millions of years of evolution has ensured their short digestive tract, highly acidic gastric juices and biological defenses are capable of consuming bacteria without ill effect. If this were not the case all of our pets' wild counterparts would have dropped from the face of the earth long ago.

Just as when we handle raw meat products for our own consumption, we must simply use the same common sense approach when handling raw food for pets.

Many veterinarians are now recognizing the importance of raw feeding and have become strong supporters of raw diets. There are true leaders in the veterinary industry who bring raw feeding awareness back to the public. Working with an informed veterinarian is always recommended.

The quality of the meat sources is also important. The vast majority of commercially prepared raw food diets available in specialty stores are anti-biotic and hormone free. The livestock are raised by smaller farmers in much cleaner and humane conditions than some of the mass farmed packaged meats you will find at the supermarket. These healthier meat sources contain less bacteria and are overall healthier products.

Commercial diets including Urban Carnivore and Nature's Variety are prepared using the freshest animal sources possible, then flash frozen and packaged. Frozen products are shipped to specialty stores in freezer equipped trucks and immediately placed into retailer display freezers to preserve optimal freshness.

To those concerned about bacteria, Nature's Variety goes a step further to utilize a cold temperature high pressure technique to destroy Salmonella and other pathogenic bacteria, without harming nutritional value. Each batch is also tested for the presence of harmful bacteria.

The Best Option

Raw Pet Food for HealthPlacing your pet on its natural diet can only improve their health. After all, we can only  be as healthy as what we put into our body.

It comes as no surprise that some of the oldest lived dogs were fed unprocessed raw diets, as in the case of a 27 year old bull terrier mix in Australia by the name of Jerry.

It is unfortunate that some people innaccurately cite that wild wolves do not live as long as domestic dogs due of their diet. In reality, when taken out of the harsh environment that is the greatest threat to their life span, wolves in captivity often live up to the the ripe age of 20 eating a raw diet.

Many people who thought their pets looked healthy before switching to raw became astonished by the improvements that followed.

We hear stories all the time of raw feeders who often get stopped at dog parks or receive compliments on just how healthy their pets look - this is how rare of a commodity radiant health is these days.

Many people switch their dog, cat or ferret to a raw diet they regret not doing it sooner.

Likewise many seek raw food as a last resort to improve conditions that could have been prevented in the first place.

The other significant benefit you will notice as a raw feeder is - fewer trips to the vet!

The once normal flare ups of skin issues, digestive upsets, dry coats, weight problems and other chronic irritations no longer occur.

Many report that outside of normal check ups they rarely have a need to visit, except to show off their healthy pet!


So that's it! When you decide to incorporate raw food into your pet's diet know that you are on the right track.

What to expect? Prepared raw food comes in many forms, including convenient patties, chubs and raw meaty bones.

They are nutritionally balanced with the correct ratios of finely ground meat, bones and organs. Some varieties also include ground veggies and fruit in addition to the MBO (meat, bone, organs).

And of course, raw food is appropriate for all breeds and life stages, for happy, health pets!

We are always here to help, so call, send us an e-mail or drop in to learn more on how to transition to a raw food diet!

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