For 32 years I have been advocating the merits of feeding a raw meat diet to our domestic pets. For 32 years I have received resistance to the philosophy from the veterinary community. They have received nutritional education from the dry food manufacturers and have received very little in nutritional education in school. Don’t misunderstand what I am saying—-I have a very high regard for the intelligence and abilities that all vets possess. They are very good at what they do and know. I actually have a higher regard for them than for the human doctors that I have been exposed to. They are not privy to hearing what the complaint really is. The dog or cat can’t tell them where it hurts. So, to be able to diagnose their condition or medical complaint is a gift unmatched by the human medical profession.
The veterinary goal is to safeguard the health and well being of the animals they treat. They have been coached to warn and caution their clients on the safety of feeding a raw food diet. The “possible” dangers that “potentially” might harm their clients are the reasons why they have not adopted the raw diet philosophy.
Well, I am happy to report that after 32 years of butting heads with the veterinarians and trying to advocate a philosophy against their cautions—-THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING!!!! After a recent veterinary conference in Reno and having been invited to speak at the Minnesota Vet school this week I can see that the veterinary community attitude is changing. They are now wanting to know more about the benefits of feeding a biologically appropriate food.
The recent Menu Food scare and melamine contamination that killed thousands of dogs and cats has opened the eyes of the veterinary community along with the shattering consumer confidence. The vets are realizing that to feed a more appropriate food just may have better long term benefits than feeding the “junk” that is harbored in processed food. We could all learn a lesson in making the proper choices for our our diets. But for the time being- let’s start with our companion pets and feed them the diet that Mother Nature intended.
posted by Rob Mueller
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