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It’s All the Rage in the Pet World – And a Boon for Our Favorite Animals

January 15, 2019 | General

Story at-a-glance

  • The pet food industry has at long last accepted that raw pet food is here to stay
  • Raw pet food sales are the proof, more than tripling from 2012 to 2016
  • Pet food industry experts also agree that raw diets “may meet demands for pet foods with no preservatives, processing or extraneous ingredients”
  • My first choice for optimal nutrition for dogs and cats is actually a homemade, nutritionally balanced raw diet; alternatively, you can purchase prepared frozen, freeze-dried or dehydrated raw diets

By Dr. Becker

Recently I ran across a pet food industry journal article that boldly stated, “Raw pet foods may meet demands for pet foods with no preservatives, processing or extraneous ingredients.1 Gee, do you think? Looks like someone affiliated with big pet food has had an awakening!

All kidding aside, the fact is that raw pet food sales (which includes frozen, freeze-dried and dehydrated raw pet food, and “kibble+” — kibble mixed with raw freeze-dried ingredients) in the U.S. have more than tripled in the last five years. I guess the pet food industry simply has no choice but to give credit where it is due! According to the article:

“Raw pieces of meat inherently contain no fillers, preservatives, gums, thickeners or other pet food ingredients that a growing number of customers avoid. Plus, raw pet foods tend to be high in protein and nutrient rich, thus meeting the criteria of other pet food trends.”2

With all those things to recommend it, what’s not to love about raw diets for dogs and cats? They can certainly be more expensive than processed diets, but a growing number of pet parents seem willing to trade a little short-term pain in their pocketbooks for longer-term gains in the health of their animal companions, and fewer vet bills.

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