WHICH WHOLE FOOD DIET SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Pet Nutrition Systems and our Organic Nutrition Express Club want to help your pet live a happier and healthier life through a number of select Raw and Whole Food diets. Whether you have been preparing raw/whole food meals for your pet before now or new to raw or whole food feeding, you will find information on how a farm-fresh feeding diet works and what types of foods it includes.
There are several things to take into consideration when choosing a raw diet for your dog. First, you need to be familiar with the two main raw feeding models: Prey Model Raw (PMR), Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) or National Research Council Whole Food Diet (NRC). Our Holistic Organic Kitchen will create either or you can determine your own ingredient list for a custom diet.
Prey Model Raw (PMR)
A raw diet following PMR guidelines includes 80% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organs. Diet guidelines can be achieved through whole prey and Frankenprey feeding methods. Whole prey is a whole, intact, prey animal with fur or feathers and includes all internal organs, bones, blood, and glands. Frankenprey is the assembly of different animal sources to complete the PMR feeding guidelines.
Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF)
A raw diet following BARF guidelines includes 70% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, 5% another secreting organ, and 10% plant ingredients. Diet guidelines can be achieved by using different animal sources and products to complete the BARF feeding guidelines.
National Research Council Whole Food Diet (NRC)
A hybrid raw diet encompasses both PMR and BARF feeding guidelines which is based on the premise that balance can be achieved over time. One meal can follow PMR guidelines and the next meal follows BARF guidelines to complete the recommended allowances for essential nutrients. Balance over time is not recommended when feeding puppies due to their inability to store and regulate nutrients like an adult dog. Puppies require the daily nutritional balance to support healthy growth and development.
Identifying if you should feed PMR and BARF depends on your dog’s individual needs. Canines are facultative carnivores where their nutrient requirements are fulfilled by animal-based foods. However, dogs can absorb and utilize nutrients from plant-based foods when prepared to allow for optimal digestion.
All three PMR, BARF or NRC diets are suitable for dogs. However, a PMR and BARF diet can be lacking in specific essential nutrients that are easily provided through vegetables, seeds, and fruit found within an NRC diet. Deficient nutrients in PMR and BARF style diets can be fulfilled with or whole food supplement package.
Why Whole Food Instead of Cooked?
Cooking degrades nutrients in meat, causing losses of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Cooking also transforms nutrients, changing their chemical composition and making them less bioavailable to your pet companion. Cooking and processing ingredients make the minerals unavailable and cause the body's immune system to operate less than at its optimum capacity, which is very dangerous. Canned and kibble food manufacturers add made-made vitamins and minerals in or on the food after the product is cooked to try to make up for the loss.
Knowing What's in the Food
Switching to a handmade whole diet allows you to know/control what you are feeding your cat or dog. You will feel much more comfortable knowing each ingredient you feed your pet, rather than worrying about some vague or misleading description on a label. You don't want your pet to eat food not fit for human consumption, or some mystery meat meal. Look at the ingredient list on a package of frozen raw food, canned food or a bag of kibble. You will see meat first on the list, then the other whole ingredients and supplements, preservatives, by-products, fillers and a long list of chemicals. Your pet companion deserves better.
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