RAW FEEDING BASICS
Welcome and congratulations on making the switch!
Raw feeding is not as complicated as people have made it out to be. We are here to make it simple, easy and stress free. We know the last thing you need in your life is to have a complicated diet for your pet that is either hard to source or hard to understand. We have only been in the business for 5 years which is very young in this industry, but we have seen hundreds of success stories and helped those pet parents every step of the way. Below is some basic knowledge that will help you understand some terms and why they are important to your pets diet.
What does pre-digested mean?
Dogs and cats do not have salivary amylase (type of enzyme produced by the salivary glands in the mouth used to break down starch when chewing food). As carnivores, dogs and cats have teeth that are meant for tearing and shearing meat. Unlike the true omnivores (like humans),which have both the canine-like teeth and flat molars which can tear meat and grind plant matter.
Why are Omegas important?
Essentially fatty acids are crucial because it's not something your body can produce on its own so we must get from our diet.
Omega fatty acids are chains of carbon molecules linked with single or double bonds. Many pets suffers from inflammation which can eventually lead to cancer and other life threatening diseases. Some other benefits include but not limited to:
- Healthy skin and coat
- Brain development
- Ligament support
- Joint support
- Heart support
Taurine and why it's important
Taurine is very important for conjugation bile acids, anti-oxidation, osmoregulation, membranestabilization, modulation of calcium signaling. Its also essential for normal eye development, digestion, heart function, fetal development and a healthy immune system. lack of sufficient taurine in the body can cause heart disease known as DCM (Dilated cardiomyopathy) and HCM(Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ) in both dogs and cats. Lack of taurine in cats can also cause CDR (Central retinal degeneration) and DCM and since cats do not produce their own, it is imperative to have it in their diet.
Taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid mostly found in dark muscle meat and organs like heart, kidney, liver and seafood. It’s also found in small amounts in dairy products, including eggs.
Do you need to supplement taurine with our food?
We believe meat contains sufficient levels of taurine therefore no need to add taurine supplements. Pets that may be at risk or already suffer from heart issues could possibly benefit from a little extra taurine or heart in their diet. All of our blends contain generous amounts of heart muscle meat but we do sell some supplements that directly support the cardiovascular system.