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The Re-defined Carnivore

Is The Pet Food Industry Really Doing Their Best? 

I believe that the pet food industry is giving it their best shot, but obviously falling short in providing adequate food for domesticated pets. Today’s dogs and cats are being fed scientifically formulated food and receiving expensive allergy shots. Could it be that the current pet food industry, and perhaps some of the health care practitioners are lacking education in proper feeding of carnivores? It is very interesting that there are such different views regarding whether a dog is an omnivore or a carnivore. Do not be misled by the industry's attempt to re-define the image of a carnivore. This misconception helps accommodate their motive for pushing inexpensive, easily manufactured diets filled with cooked-dried grains and veggies. These diets are overly processed and the digestive tracts of animals are not properly equipped to handle plant matter. 

Despite the pet food industry's claims of providing nutritious meals for pets, the reality is far from ideal. The current approach, dominated by kibble manufacturers, often prioritizes profit over animal welfare. However, the truth remains: carnivores have specific dietary requirements that cannot be met by diets filled with processed grains and cooked vegetables. The industry's insistence on overly processed diets ultimately contributes to the demise of countless animals and has caused these animals to become ill. In essence, betraying the very creatures it claims to serve. Domesticated pets, such as dogs & cats, require complete and balanced diets that consist of organ, bone, fruits, veggies, vitamins & minerals.

Think About It...


Dachshund carrying a large raw bone with meat scraps on it

Captive carnivores still have teeth identical to their non-captive relatives in the wild. There is no evidence of growing multiple stomachs or longer digestive tracts necessary to break down plant proteins. If our captive carnivores suddenly became non-captive and were able to choose between grains or raw meat, there would be no question - they would definitely prefer raw meat. A carnivore may or may not be an exclusive meat eater. Those which eat only meat are carnivores. Due to the lack of, or the unavailability of carnivorous food, they have been able to adapt to a more omnivorous diet and can function as omnivores. An omnivore is a classification that is capable of consuming and do consume both animal protein and vegetation. They are considered opportunistic feeders whereby they survive by eating what is available. The interesting difference that seems to make the variation in how we classify a dog is summarized by the word CHOICE. 

In the most recent 100 years, the dry dog food processors have selfishly convinced the public that a dog is best served by eating a dry, heat processed kibble or a canned version of a heat processed meal. I have to believe that the anatomy and the dentition of the animal relates most appropriately to the natural choice given the animal. Choice is the difference because in most cases we don’t give the dog a choice in what to eat. Therefore we force it to become an omnivore rather than the true classification it is designed to be. In comparing the classification to a human- once again it is a choice. The difference is that we have a choice to be an omnivore. We can and do function equally to eat animal and plant protein (even though our dentition and anatomical structure suggests differently). For the dog it boils down to the choices WE make for the diets they consume. Based on this analogy, we continue to believe that a proper philosophy is to feed a dog and cat what they were designed to eat. Thus a BARF® DIET that is Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. 

The Benefits of Feeding Raw

Thousands of dogs and cats have recovered from seemingly incurable conditions when fed unprocessed, fresh meat - a diet similar to that established long ago by Mother Nature. If you have animals in your care that are not responding to conventional treatment of any condition, then I encourage you to offer them Mother Nature’s cure - a raw meat diet that contains all the nutrients of nature's abundance.

Time-Saving Raw Feeding

In today's busy world, not many of you have the time, or the knowledge to make a raw, homemade diet for our furry friends. That is what makes the BARF® Diet so convenient, and we are about to become even more convenient. All of our Juicy BARF® Diets do not require any ingredient to be added and they provide peace of mind knowing that they have been prepared with the proper blend and balance of ingredients. The BARF® Diets are AAFCO certified complete and balanced. Just thaw and serve. It's the easiest way to make sure your pets are getting what they need for a richer life.

Raw Food Tip

By looking at young wolves growing up we are actually observing our young pup's ancestors. If we couple that with modern scientific discoveries about diet, health, and aging, we are able to produce a realistic, health promoting evolutionary puppy diet. From studying the eating habits of wolf cubs which are seen to be perpetually hungry, subsisting on raw food consisting mostly of bones and being forced to scavenge a wide variety of foods, we get vital clues about successful puppy raising.

Wolf sleeping next to tree roots in the shade
Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

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. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine .

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