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junk raw food...

There are many "junk raw food" promoters selling books, foods and supplements.

Many sell unnecessary supplements, others sell "specialised" or "unique" mixes and insist that their recipe is superior to all others. Others use mistruths, such as "dogs are omnivores" to promote inappropriate foods.

BARF is an example of this, as are the many ground mixes available today.

To understand why these "junk raw food" diets don't work, it needs to be understood what basic criteria food needs to fulfill in order to keep the animal eating it healthy.

Fresh, whole foods (whole carcasses or meaty bones) have two main benefits:

1. the correct ingredients: the right amounts of protein, fat, vitamins & minerals; no carbohydrates, sugar, preservatives, or other inappropriate ingredients.

2. the correct form: pieces are WHOLE, not minced, ground, chopped, diced, sliced, mixed, cooked, extruded. As the carcasses or meaty bones are whole, the carnivore must rip, tear, shear & crunch through the food.

The majority of foods fed to a carnivore must fulfil these two criteria in order to prevent periodontal disease and keep the carnivore healthy.

Processed foods such as kibble and canned fulfil neither criteria. They contain inappropriate ingredients, and have an inappropriate texture to keep the animal's mouth healthy.

Junk raw foods (mixes, patties, etc) MAY fulfil #1, but don't fulfil criteria #2, hence don't keep the animal healthy.

Fresh, whole foods (whole carcasses and/or meaty bones) fulfil both criteria.

Many vets & authors do recommend feeding raw meaty bones (such as the common vet recommendation to include chicken wings once or twice a week), however these foods are not effective in keeping the mouth clean if fed occasionally rather than as the large majority of the diet.

Contrary to what vets and pet food companies have led owners to believe, no training is required to feed your pet carnivore, just as it isn't required to feed your children.

The principle is the same: feed a variety of fresh, suitable foods. For carnivores (dogs, cats & ferrets) this means whole animals or pieces of animals (meaty bones). For omnivores (humans) this means a variety of plant and animal parts.