Why Choose Raw?
THE BEST CHOICE
Some of you may ask why ReelRaw pet food is the best choice for your dog or cat. If we look closely at the food, and the fact that dogs and cats are carnivores, we can develop a better understanding as to why pets fed raw are healthier overall. Every living being needs certain essential amino acids and enzymes in order to live a healthy life. For carnivores, these essential nutrients are found in raw meat, raw organ meat, and raw edible bones. Cooking meat at temperatures greater than 117 degrees F destroys these enzymes and amino acids. Dogs, like their progenitor -- the gray wolf (Canis lupus) -- have short digestive tracts and a high acidic level in their digestive juices, which enables them to digest raw food easier than cooked food.
The concept is simple: eating a minimally processed diet is the healthiest diet for any species. Dogs and cats have been bred for their looks, breed, and temperament, but their digestive tracts are still exactly the same as wolves and lions. A chihuahua and a wolf have the exact same dietary needs, despite their drastic difference in looks and temperament. The same applies to a cat and a lion.
Kibble has been around for about 100 years. In that time there has been a drastic and continued increase of disease in our pet carnivores -- chronic degenerative diseases, auto-immune diseases, allergies, kidney, pancreatic and liver diseases, and cancer. These diseases are directly related to eating a processed diet that is species inappropriate. This was not an issue until the introduction of kibble.
Kibble is usually cooked in heats of excess of 212 degrees F, thereby destroying all the essential elements and making it harder on a canine's digestive system. Kibble pet food manufacturers add these elements back in, usually by spraying them on after the process. Many vitamins and minerals are depleted after being paired with so many preservatives in kibble. Spraying on a synthetic substance changes the whole structure and does not provide a balanced product.
It is comparable to feeding your child McDonald's every single day, but giving him a multivitamin. For a while he could appear to be healthy, but eventually he would start to show signs of sickness, which could creep in very subtly. As he grows into adulthood, disease will settle in. This concept applies to dogs and cats too. They may seem fine for a while, but then they start to get sick and it continues to get worse until they die prematurely. The quality of life decreases because their bodies are constantly in a state of fighting their food. Kibble is very hard to digest and wreaks havoc on the body. Dogs and cats are carnivores. Proof of this lies in their teeth, dentition, short digestive tracts, with highly acidic guts. Our pet carnivores are just lions and wolves in designer clothing and they should be fed as such.
Though 12,000 years of domestication have altered the dog physically and socially, the domestic dog has been proven to be of the same species as the gray wolf. Based in part on this close genetic relationship, ReelRaw has mimicked the diet of the wild gray wolf to create an appropriate diet for the domestic dog.
(Mech, Dr. L.D. 2003. Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation)
Switching your dog or cat to a raw food diet produces many positive results. Here are some noted benefits:
SHINIER, HEALTHIER SKIN AND COAT
FIRMER, SMALLER, LESS SMELLY STOOLS
REDUCTION IN FLATULENCE (GAS)
IMPROVED WEIGHT CONTROL
REDUCED OR ELIMINATED NEED FOR VETERINARY DENTAL WORK
DECREASE IN ABNORMAL HYPERACTIVITY
REDUCTION OF SKIN ALLERGIES, FLEAS, AND FOOD ALLERGIES
MORE ENERGY AND STAMINA
REDUCED VISITS TO THE VETERINARIAN, DUE TO AN OVERALL HEALTHIER PET
LESS WAX BUILD-UP IN EARS
Switching a dog or cat with an existing health problem to a raw diet can often produce an improvement in their conditions. Among healthy pets, a raw diet is likely to help prevent some of the illnesses that are now common in many dogs. Most importantly, a high quality raw diet will help promote a long, healthy, and happy life for you and your companion animal.
By feeding a raw diet, you are ensuring that your pet is getting his essential amino acids and enzymes in their natural state and in their purest form. The 10+ year shelf life of kibble cannot hold key vitamins that help maintain a healthy diet for dogs. Here is a list of some of the vitamins and minerals you will find in a raw dog food diet:
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Helps metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- Prevents vitamin deficiencies
- Helps with metabolism
- Key element in all forms of life
- Essential for a healthy dog
- Zinc deficiencies can lead to "stunted" growth
- Proteins are enzymes that catalyze biochemical reactions and are vital tometabolism.
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
- Key metabolism roles in the break down of carbohydrates and proteins
- Thiamin deficiencies effect the nervous system
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- Needed to form (COA)
- Critical in the metabolism/synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats
- Essential dietary mineral
- Biochemical reactions to maintain optimal health
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2 / E101)
- Energy metabolism
- Key role in brain and nervous system function
- Essential trace nutrient to all high plant and animal life
Folate (Vitamin B9)
- Essential to numerous bodily functions
- Especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth, such as in puppies or pregnant dogs
- Essential in detoxification
- Plays a key role in vision, immune function, bone metabolism, skin health, antioxidant activity, and reducing risk of heart disease.
- Essential to nearly all known organisms