SWITCHING TO A RAW FOOD DIET
A pet digesting a raw food diet requires a different stomach environment than a pet eating dry pet food. A high level of acid in the stomach is required to digest raw food, but a pet eating dry dog food has very low levels of stomach acid. Because of this, if the pet’s diet is switched too suddenly, the pet will be unable to digest the raw diet and may become ill. So the pet must be switched very gradually to a raw food diet, allowing enough time for the stomach acid to adjust. If you decide to feed your pet a raw diet, get the meat from a reputable pet raw food company. I do not recommend purchasing raw meat from the grocery store to feed your pet as this meat is often a few days old, and has a high bacterial count. In addition, raw meat should be frozen at some point to kill parasites. For this reason it’s much safer and more economical to buy pet raw meat from a reputable raw meat pet food company. Pets should ideally be fed twice per day.
- Chicken (organic if possible),Turkey, Beef, Buffalo, Ostrich, Salmon, Kangaroo, Venison. Never give raw Pork/Ham as this contains too many parasites.
- For dogs with allergies, the red meats (Beef/Buffalo/Venison) may be too rich and should be avoided at the beginning. Ostrich and Turkey are nice alternatives in this case.
- Organ Meat :Some organ meat is required for proper nutrition supplementation. This can be in the form of hearts, liver, kidney etc. Organ meat should be given 2-3 times per week.
These must be easy to digest. Hard vegetables (squash, zucchini, yams etc.) need to be steamed first. Other veggies need to be minced or pureed to be digestible.
- Good veggies: Parsley, Cilantro, Green Beans, Squash, Zucchini, Snap peas, Bok Choy, Kelp.
- Possible veggies: Yams, Sweet Potatoes
- Not Recommended: Potatoes, corn, carrots, tomatoes, eggplants, root vegetables (beets, radish, parsnips, turnips), peas, sweet peas. Avoid broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and cabbage as these are from the goitrogenic family and block Iodine uptake, especially if the pet’s thyroid function is already low. Nightshades like eggplants, tomatoes are not recommended. Some breeds are prone to hypothyroid like Labs and Golden Retrievers, and in these cases, goitrogenic vegetables can lead to further problems.
- Poisonous foods: Onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, avocadoes.
Foods to Avoid: Rice, wheat, pasta, flour as well as other forms of starch like polenta, kamut, couscous etc.