Dogs and their ancestors evolved on raw
food, including raw meat, and not on the highly processed/cooked
commercial diet eaten by modern day pets. (Ever see a wolf or dog,
left to their own devices, out barbecuing their dinner?) Commercial
pet diets came into our lives in the 1950s. Before that, humans
fed their pets table scraps and raw bones. Commercial pet foods were
invented as a matter of convenience and a supposed lack of a "balanced
diet" theory as well as prevention and treatment of nutritional
A diet of fresh foods including raw meats and vegetables is
the very best diet we can provide for our animals. However, many people
simply dont have time, their budget may be limited, not to mention
concerns that their pet will get sick from raw meat. Consider the
fact that dogs would not be here today if their ancestors had not
been able to survive a raw food diet. Their bodies are designed by
mother nature to destroy bacteria. Their stomachs contain very strong
and highly acidic digestive juices. Canine intestines are much shorter
than humans, 11 feet compared to 21 feet. This translates into much
less time for bacteria to grow and cause problems.
The next best diet to a natural species
appropriate RAW FOOD DIET is a natural
dry and/or canned food. They are much healthier and far less toxic
than most regular commercial dog and cat foods for the following
- Human grade ingredients are used, (including meats),
rather than products deemed unfit for human consumption
- Use of fresh whole ingredients rather than millings
or by-products (i.e., factory waste)
- Fewer toxic ingredients (including chemical and
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- No rancid or highly preserved animal fats
- Natural preservatives only, such as vitamin C
and vitamin E, (mixed tocopherols)
Regardless of which type or brand of diet you
choose it needs to meet 5 basic requirements:
- Proper amount and balance of essential nutrients.
- High nutritional quality so that the animals
body can actually utilize the nutrients
- Minimal or no fillers and by-products
- No artificial colors, flavors, chemicals
preservatives or additives
As previously mentioned, the pet food industry is
a MEGA business, but without the government quality
and health regulations from which humans benefit. Because of this
lack of regulation, commercial pet food may likely be the most
highly processed food on the planet. Its no wonder
our beloved pets now have more health problems than ever before.
These poor creatures are suffering from the likes of cancer, allergies,
diabetes, ear, skin and coat problems, irritable bowel syndrome,
pancreatitis, auto immune disorders, arthritis, obesity, kidney
disease . . . . . . . the list goes on and on.
Noahs Ark is a neighborhood pet store
rather than a national chain. Our knowledgeable staff can provide
you with current information on natural alternative diets and help
you select whats best for you and your pet. Noahs Ark
carries three types of pet foods; a freezer stocked with Wrights
Poultry and Halshans Brand RAW FOOD diets, Azmira
Holistic Brand dry and canned dog and cat foods and The Honest
Kitchens brand of dehydrated dog food called "Verve".
We feed these to our own dogs and were very picky about what
our fur kids eat! We also carry the supplements necessary to provide
optimum nutrition or help with an existing condition.
Health starts from the inside out and that means
good nutrition. The benefits of a natural diet are:
- A pet that thrives rather than just survives.
Eyes that glow, healthy skin, coat, ears, teeth, immune system
and digestion not to mention good smelling breath. Energy abounds.
- Better resistance to pests such as fleas.
Parasites tend to avoid healthy pets. Sickly ones are easier targets.
- Minimize genetic health risks.
- Longer and healthier lives.
- Best of all . . . . .a lot less in vet bills
Nutrition is the KEY to good health
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