By: Robert Mueller
the answer would be simple.
Ask any supplier of a quality pet food and each will reply that they have the best, most highly beneficial pet food. I have to believe that each manufacturer has some claim to benefits that prove beneficial over other competitor’s diets. Most quality products contain ingredients that are from animals, not plants, because the animal sources are species appropriate for carnivorous pets. So, if you try to make a comparison of the broad category of all pet foods, you are comparing raw meat based diets to dry, grain based, heat processed pet food.
To be fair, let me try to give a pro and con analogy for each category to determine the main advantages or disadvantages of each type.
Dry, grain based, heat processed pet food- (Kibble)
- It’s convenient! This is the number one advantage over other products because it allows you to self-feed your dog and not worry about spoilage.
- Less expensive- Compared to a high quality raw meat diet it should be less expensive to feed, especially for large breed dogs.
- Long shelf life with easy storage
- “Adequate”nutrition- even though it is plant based food.
- Available as a grain free source in certain brands
- Perceived as a “safer” diet choice- but actually has safety problems with Salmonella contamination along with added problems from aflatoxins, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, fat sprays, and added chemicals, that may contain more harmful toxins than meat based proteins.
- Aflatoxins are present in corn- based ingredients. They are naturally occurring mycotoxins that grow on certain corn crops, and are especially toxic when grown in drought conditions. . They are highly carcinogenic and they poison the liver and are known to promote tumors. There is a shift of concern now to the dangers of mycotoxins, rather than worrying about bacteria spoilage in animal proteins.
- Most inexpensive grain based dry diets are made from vegetable cereals, corn, wheat fillers and rice bran. A diet containing these ingredients will create the most damage to health.
- Preservatives are a major concern for dry kibble diets. If you think it is safe to feed a dry diet from a bag that may be used for months without spoiling, you are opening the door for future vet visits.
- A collection of potential poisons that exist in every bag of kibble. These come from all the additives and foreign elements that are present in the ingredients. A continuous ingestion of the poisonous nature of these ingredients will lead to health problems 5 to 6 years down the road, no matter what the manufacturer may promise.
Raw Meat Diets
- Higher quality protein than a diet of plant based ingredients.
- More complete digestion and utilization of ingredients.
- Faster digestion cycle leads to better utilization of ingredients.
- Simple and easy feeding procedure.
- Has living enzymes to help with digestion (reduces stress on the pancreas).
- More energy, better hair coat and skin condition, less stools, less stool odor, better breath, less dental problems, increased longevity than seen in kibble fed dogs.
- Biologically appropriate for the species.
- Ingredients are fresh and raw and not processed with heat.
- Far less protein degradation and fermentation in the digestive track.
- Preserved by freezing or freeze-drying, which eliminates having to add preservatives and harmful chemicals.
- Most raw food diets are made from the highest quality USDA procured human based ingredients rather than plant based inferior ingredients.
- The right gas for the gas tank- most appropriate way to run the body engine.
- Potential bacterial presence (Salmonella, E-coli, Listeria). These are potential hazards primarily for humans and pose far less problems for dogs and cats whose systems are better adapted to handle the bacterial load in raw animal protein.
- Less convenient because of the freezing required which preserves the freshness.
- Freezing adds to the cost because this is a more involved and expensive manufacturing procedure.
- Distribution and storage costs are higher with frozen food.
- Higher costs are involved to manufacture the diets.
- More education is required to understand the advantages over kibble.
Many of our customers have made the decision to convert to the raw based BARF Diet, primarily because their pets had symptoms they could not resolve using conventional medications, treatments and dry kibble diets. Our testimonials are the proof that the BARF diet works to relieve many conditions that are aggravated by the continuous feeding of inferior dry formulations. We call this success “The Magic Of Meat”. The results we see are not really because the meat is “magic”, but rather because the harmful toxins in the dry-based foods have been removed from the dog’s body. If you’re still feeding a kibble diet, isn’t it time to try the BARF diet and watch your pet thrive again?
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!