Feed your Pet Raw Food And see your Vet bills drop!
by Shirley Lipschutz-Robinson
"We are seeing disease conditions in animals that we did not see years ago. Many of these may be traced to nutrition as the source..." Don E. Lundholm, DVM
Dr. Kollath, of the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, headed a study done on animals. When young animals were fed cooked and processed foods they initially appeared to be healthy. However, as the animals reached adulthood, they began to age more quickly than normal and also developed chronic degenerative disease symptoms. A control group of animals raised on raw foods aged less quickly and were free of degenerative disease. In nature, we see another example of wild animals eating entirely enzyme rich raw foods being free of the degenerative diseases that afflict humans.
If you spend a little time observing the physical condition of animals in the wild, you will find that so-called degenerative or old age diseases are relatively unknown to them. Except for the danger from natural predators, wild animals generally live quite long and healthy lives. Now, what happens when we domesticate animals and make them into house pets? Are you aware that they quickly develop the same diseases as their human "owners"? We must be making the same mistake with them that we're making with ourselves. Some years ago, Dr. Francis Pottenger tried an experiment on several hundred cats. He divided them into two groups and fed one group their natural diet of raw meat and the other group a man-made diet of cooked pet food. He carried on this experiment through three generations. The cats that were fed their normal uncooked diet thrived. The cats that were fed a cooked diet developed the same diseases, and required the same medical treatment, as we humans. (excerpt from an article at the NewVeg site)
Dr. Donald Ogden D.V.M. writes that commercial pet food (even the best known and most expensive brands) have had their nutrients altered, adulterated, devitalized and destroyed by heat, processing, coloring, preservatives and other chemicals. Feeding your animal such food on a regular basis causes waste-toxins to accumulate in the blood, lymphs and tissue which contributes to a weak immune system and renders our pet susceptible to chronic diseases.
Jesse Dallas writes that Processed foods and drugs have seriously depleted the natural vitality and immune systems of many pets. Dogs and cats are anatomically very different to humans. Their intestinal tract, for example is only about half as long as a human's, and food is therefore processed and assimilated very differently. Whereas large amounts of red meat can cause cancer in humans, a lack of raw red meat in an animal's diet can lead to serious health problems.
Animals, like humans, require the enzymes, amino acids and other nutrients in the raw meat in order to stay healthy. Many skin and coat problems are a direct result of a lack of raw animal fat in the diet - fat which humans often believe is bad for their pet. Animals need at least 30% raw fat, and their systems are not designed to handle cooked meat or cooked fat. In the wild, a panther or jackal does not barbecue, grill or smoke its prey. It definitely does not walk to the local supermarket to buy dry food either. Yet most pet owners recoil at the thought of feeding raw meat to their dog or cat, concerned about bacteria or parasites. However, dogs and cats don't get salmonella poisoning because their digestive system is so acidic (or at least it should be) that it kills everything. This is why a dog can bury a bone and dig it up two weeks later and eat the rotting meat.
For a return to health, pets require a diet which strengthens the immune system and most closely resembles that which they would get in the wild. It's really easy to do. Essentially, you feed your pet a combination of certain raw meats and select from a host of raw vegetables.
For more information about the healing power of RAW DIET for animals, including as sample recipe and if you want to know what's really in commercial pet food visit Shirley's Wellness Cafe: Optimum Pet Nutrition & Natural Health Care for Animal at http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/1158/animals.htm
Comments from another visitor:
If any of your customers inquires about using juicing for pets, please be advised that this is indeed a viable option. Although I'm relatively new to healing via nutrition, I've been studying alternative medicines for about 15 years now (the last two in classes with Dr. Bernard Jensen), and after a holistic vet's prescription for human supplements containing "nutritional yeast" almost induced acute renal failure in my cat (FYI -- brewer's or nutritional yeast is a documented kidney irritant), I learned juicing is a lot more effective than even a lot of the "natural" remedies -- as well as a lot safer. I am pleased to say we are successfully fighting fibroid breast tumors and paralysis of the hindquarters brought on by colon cancer, and while I did have to use a few homeopathic medicines at first to reverse the kidney damage, the bulk of the credit goes to the juices. One month ago, this cat's hindquarters became paralyzed, and she was forced to ambulate by dragging herself by her forelegs only; bowel movements became virtually nonexistent. After one week of steady juicing, elimination functions have resumed and her rear legs are moving again! If you have not already gotten a copy, please check out Dr. Jensen's book, Foods that Heal. It might be something you would want to sell in conjunction with your juicers; the combination would almost assuredly generate "happy customer" letters of gratitude. It efficiently presents in layman's terms how to heal using food and juice combinations based on the chemical elements contained therein. Of course, in pets, you just have to give very small portions (literally, 1/2-teaspoon amounts) to see results. And because the right combination of juices will taste good to them, animals willingly take the juice mixed into their foods -- resulting in less stress on both owner and pet. So now my cats get vegetable-only juice and the dogs get the pulp -- so there's no waste -- all are getting healthy, and I'm saving $$$ on vet bills.