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Eggs are nature’s perfect food! They contain everything needed to create a new life and are considered to be a complete food source. Eggs are a wonderful addition to a carnivore’s diet.
In order to build and repair body tissue, protein is needed. Protein is made up of twenty different amino acids. There are certain essential amino acids that that cannot be produced internally and these must be supplied through food. Within a single egg all twenty amino acids are present.
The bio-availability of the protein found in eggs is rated at 100%. No other food source can compete with this level of bio-availability. Fish meal is rated at 92%, beef at 78% and corn at 54%.
Anyone who has gone onto a raw feeding forum or read articles on the subject will undoubtedly have come across the topic of poop. Raw feeders do love to talk poop! You might think it's kind of gross to be discussing your pet's feces. But what is really gross is dealing with large volumes of stinky soft kibble poop!
Let's face it, it's not fun trying to get that out of your lawn. Scooping and scraping as quick as you can because you have to hold your breath the entire time due to the stench. Your entire yard stinks, the neighbors make comments about the odor (they must think you never scoop the poop) and it attracts flies making your yard a no go zone. Oh, and there's always the experience of stepping on one of those landmines, and of course it will be at the most inopportune time possible. If your pet is a cat you know the fun of dealing with the smell of a litter box in the house. Do you have anxiety about your pet pooping in a public place and it causing people to hold their noses and look in disgust?
Dealing with our pet's feces does not have to be a traumatic experience!
Fortunately the quality of the stool is only one of the many, many benefits to feeding your pet a raw diet. If you want to get back the use and enjoyment of your yard, eliminate litter box odor, and not worry about what kind of a disaster will come out of your dogs rear end at your next adventure at the dog park, think about switching to a raw diet.
A smelly, poorly formed stool is not normal or healthy. It is a sign of illness and needs to be addressed. When we feed inappropriate packaged foods the effects will be seen in the health of our animals. The stool is a direct reflection of the health of the gastrointestinal system and tells us a lot about our pet's state of health/illness.
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Early in September of 2012 the American Veterinary Medical Association announced a policy about raw/undercooked animal source protien diets for companion animals (aka a raw diet). In this policy the AVMA discourages feeding raw animal products because of "the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans".
The policy names several pathogenic organisms that can be found on raw animal-source protien: Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium, E. coli, etc. However, the policy fails to mention some other key information. Both cats and dogs have an enzyme present in their saliva called lysozyme which neutralizes bacteria and pathogens that is found on raw meat. The digestive tract is also highly acidic taking care of any pathogens that manage to make it that far.
What about the recent outbreak of Salmonella due to contaminated dry pet food? 49 people across North America were reported as becoming ill from exposure to their pet's packaged dry kibble. I don't recall every hearing about any humans being affected by salmonella due to feeding their pet raw food. Common sense would indicate using safe cleaning procedures when preparing raw food for pets, similar to handling raw meat in preparation for our own meals.
The AVMA mission as stated on its website "is to improve animal and human health and advance the veterinary medical profession". How does this policy support their mission statement when they do not include the risks associated with dry pet foods? Recall after recall continues to be issued for kibble. Does the AVMA truly have the best interests of animals in mind or is it a case of wanting to maintain the funding that comes to them by way of the corporate pet food companies?
All in all this policy will have little impact on pet owners who are feeding their pets raw food.
It does appear that the AVMA is compromising the integrity and value of their organization for the continued support of their coprorate sponsorships. Not a move that is going to gain them any credibility with consumers.
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