Dr. Ian Billinghurst, B.V.Sc.(Hons), BSc.Agr., Dip.Ed.
“The sad truth is that prepared pet foods help provide patients for vets.”
“Raw chicken does of course carry bacteria, E.g. Salmonella. These are of absolutely no consequence to a healthy dog.”
“As a veterinary student in the early seventies, I found it hard to understand why Aussie vets had fewer and simpler dog and cat diseases to deal with than the Americans. It seemed to make the Aussie vet somehow inferior. We did not need to be trained to the same high degree of complexity and sophistication. There was a simple explanation. At that time, more than seventy percent of Aussie dogs were still fed raw bones and scrapes. They were still pretty healthy. American dogs had been eating processed food and no bones for decades. They had developed a wide range of problems. Their vets had been forced to develop a complex set of diagnostic and therapeutic tools to deal with them. I need not have worried. Our dogs’ disease problems are increasing on a par with their increasing consumption of processed and cooked foods. We Aussie vets now have to be as good as our American counterparts to deal with them. There are many reasons why the commercial pet foods have never been close to a dog’s natural diet. Those reasons include the fact that they are based on grain, and that they are cooked.” Read Full Article and What Multiple Veterinarians Have To Say.
Raw Fed Myths
This is a site dedicated to dispelling some of the many myths about dogs, wolves, and feeding raw meaty bones to our pets.
Raw Fed Myths : http://rawfed.com/myths/
Damage From Commercial Kibbles: http://rawfed.com/myths/damage.html
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BARF Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods
Dr. Billinghurst’s BARF Diet™
BARF is about feeding dogs and cats properly. The aim of BARF is to maximize the health, longevity and reproductive capacity of pets and by so doing, minimize the need for veterinary intervention. How do you feed a dog properly? You feed it the diet that it evolved to eat. It’s evolutionary diet. A Biologically Appropriate Raw Food diet. A BARF diet. The BARF diet is simple in philosophy and construction. It looks at the diet of a wild or feral animal and mimics that type of feeding regime using available whole raw foodstuffs. The diet may be enhanced with various supplements. Once the principles are understood, anybody can do this. No great education is required.
In the case of the cat, which is an obligate carnivore and a hunter, the biologically appropriate diet is based largely upon animal derived foods. Basically, whatever nutrition can be derived from a whole fresh raw carcass – in its entirety – constitutes a biologically appropriate diet. In the case of the dog which is an omnivore, a hunter and a scavenger, the diet can be based on a wider range of whole raw foods of both animal and plant origin. Both species rely on bones as a major part of their diet for a variety of reasons including teeth cleaning and the myriad of benefits which flow from that together with the nutritional attributes of bones and their their psychological benefits. <Snip> Source: Dr. Billinghurst’s BARF Diet™ Read All about Feeding BARF
Feeding Your Cat A Home Prepared Diet
People are often overwhelmed or intimidated by the idea of making their cat’s food but, in reality, it’s quite simple – as long as you follow a balanced recipe. I make cat food once each month and freeze it. Making your own cat food doesn’t mean slaving in the kitchen every day–trust me, if it did, I wouldn’t be doing it. If you are interested in preparing your own cat food, see Making Cat Food. <Snip>