DIET IS RECOMMENDED BY DR. W. HOOD, VETERINARY SURGEON.
IT IS OFFERED AS AN OPTION.
millions of years dogs have lived on a diet of raw meat, bones, fat and offal.
From time to time, they would also eat grass and any ripe fruit which had
dropped to the ground. If they found
a nest of eggs, they would consume these raw.
They did not eat cereals, they did not drink milk and they did not eat
anything which was cooked. A few
thousand years ago, dogs were gradually domesticated by man.
This few thousand years would only be a minute fraction of the time that
dogs have been in existence. It is
only in the 20th century that dogs have become pampered pets and sometimes we go
out of our way to provide for their every need. However, this is not always in
their best interests. For example,
we have suddenly decided that, rather than let dogs eat what they are
biochemically adapted to, we will cook their food for them.
We give them cooked meat, cooked chicken and cooked vegetables.
Even worse, we give them cooked tinned food and cooked biscuits.
Cooking food as been shown on numerous occasions to:
Destroy proteins and fats by denaturing them
Destroy the natural enzymes in the food which aid in its digestion
Create indigestible components in the food.
The pet food manufacturers try to make up for this by adding vitamins to
the food. However they cannot repair the denatured proteins and fats and they
cannot replace the natural enzymes.
long ago as the 1930s and 1940s, Francis M. Pottenger MD ran a 10 year
experiment on 900 cats, following them through from generation to generation.
He fed part of his colony a diet of cooked meat, pasteurized milk and cod
liver oil. He found that these
animals developed a high incidence of allergies, sickness and skeletal
deformities. Each successive
generation produced smaller litters of weaker, low birth-weight kittens.
Stillbirth, miscarriage, spontaneous abortion and resorption in the uterus
became common. After three to four
generations, they no longer produced litters at all, and the group died out.
Other abnormalities noticed were dermatitis, neuroses and abnormalities
in neuromuscular co-ordination and behavioral abnormalities.
Anatomical differences between the sexes became less apparent and
homosexuality appeared. Another
group of cats Pottenger fed on the same diet, except that the meat was raw and
the milk unpasteurized. These
animals were healthy, ha! a good skeletal structure and were normal in their
behavior. They produced healthy
litters generation after generation. Not
only did they not die out, they thrived.
Raw meaty bones with the fat left on, for example brisket bones, lamb
shanks, mutton flaps. These should
comprise 80-90% of the diet.
Raw chicken and rabbit, bones and all.
Bones usually only cause problems when cooked.
Cooking makes bones hard and brittle and difficult to digest.
It also ties up the calcium and other minerals in the bones, making them
far less digestible.
Raw eggs, shell and all, if the dog likes them.
Raw liver every 2-3 weeks - a whole meal of it.
Raw fruit and grated raw vegetables.
should NOT be fed:
Dog or human biscuits
Cooked meat or cooked chicken or any cooked table scraps
Cooked cereals or cooked vegetables
Milk or cheese (which have virtually been cooked by pasteurization)
Bread or toast
Ice-cream or chocolate
Mince meat. There is not
enough chewing in mince meat, and it sometimes contains preservatives.
Old Wives Tales Demolished:
Dogs will not get worms from raw meat, especially if it has been
purchased from a butcher's shop where it has been inspected and passed for human
Raw meat does not make dogs savage. In
fact, I have noticed at my hospital that they are often less nervous when taken
off commercial food. Don't worry if your dog buries his bones and digs them up
two days later to eat. In scientific
trials on Eskimo dogs, they were found to maintain better health if they did
this than if they ate them raw immediately. Clinically I have noticed the
following improvements when dogs are changed to a raw diet:
Dogs with arthritis seem to experience less pain.
I use a combination of raw diet plus acupuncture to treat these stiff and
Dogs very often show more enthusiasm for life, especially the more
sluggish or older ones.
Their dental hygiene is much improved.
Once we have removed any decaying teeth and removed plaque and tartar by
ultrasonic teeth scaling, these dogs no longer build up tartar if they are fed a
raw diet with plenty of bones.
I have concentrated in this article on dogs, the same principles also apply to
cats, with the exception of fruit and vegetables, as cats are strict carnivores.
The natural diet for cats is:
Raw meat - in big pieces with the fat left on.
Cats have a fairly high fat requirement and for this reason it is better
to feed beef or mutton rather than a lot of kangaroo meat which is low in fat.
Raw fish - bones and all
Raw chicken - bones and all. Again,
bones only cause problems when they are cooked.
Raw liver - an entire meal - once every two weeks.
Raw eggs if they like them (preferably free range)
NOT feed (except as standby):
Cooked meat or chicken
Milk, cheese, cream (pasteurized)