Saturday, February 6, 2010
Why Feed Your Pet Ground Meats and Bones?
Why feed your pet ground meats and bones?
He will be thrilled to wrestle with Raw-Meaty-Bones
I puzzle about why pet owners want to feed ground stuff, rather than whole raw-meaty-bones (rmb). Who told them ground is better, and why? Can you imagine eating only ground meats, bones, and veggies in a pureed mush? Why would anyone think this is what dogs prefer or what is better for them?
When I think of how my Labs delight in shaking whole tripe and throwing them around, before chewing them intensely, I can't imagine why anyone would want to grind them. I do cut off pieces for Ben (the Papillon) and Daisy (the cat), because they can't negotiate whole tripe, but they still chew up their-size pieces.
Grinding up whole chickens, turkeys, ostriches, and rabbits -- why? Why would anyone do that? My dogs love to crunch up edible bones, which all of these creatures have in abundance. Why deprive them of large meaty bones to chew that keep their teeth clean and gums healthy? My dogs spend hours gnawing on meaty bones with obvious pleasure and satisfaction. Why deprive them of what Nature intended for carnivorous predators?
I understand the convenience argument that sends people to prepared foods, rather than starting meals from scratch (although it doesn't take long to fix good meals, if you know how to cook). I learned to cook as a young wife and made sure my children all learned to plan and put together meals from fresh foods. Teaching the children to cook was a time-saver for me, because in their adolescent years, they rotated cooking assignments, and I didn't have to cook every day. They were not always thrilled with the chore, but as young adults they realized they were the only ones, among their friends, who knew how to shop for and cook a coordinated meal for 4 or 6 people. Then, they realized what valuable skills they had learned at home.
Returning to pet owners, I suspect that many did not learn to cook for themselves, and they subsist on packaged foods. Feeding pets prepared foods seems natural. Even if they get the idea of raw feeding, they fall for the packaged, minced version, because they don't appreciate the value of fresh foods for themselves or for their pets. And they have not done a cost analysis of what they eat and what they feed their pets, because they are spending a lot more than fresh food diets cost.
Pet owners need to know how much less expensive whole rmb and pieces of large rmb are than minced, packaged stuff. Besides being much less expensive, real meats and meaty bones require no mincing, mixing, cooking, or other preparation Feeding rmb is so simple even cavemen did it.
Many owners seem to need a course on how to feed pets a proper rmb diet. A hypothetical RMB 101 would contain sections on:
· identifying meats and meaty bones,
· shopping for economical cuts,
· finding sources for game,
· storing meats in coolers and freezers,
· identifying appropriate sized pieces for large and small dogs and cats,
· feeding schedules and amounts,
· the value of raw-meaty-bones for oral health, and
· the many disadvantages of cooked and minced stuff
· cost comparisons of rmb versus packaged, raw foods.
An online course could offer a certificate in “Elementary RMB Feeding”. An intermediate course could cover more of the theory behind raw feeding and more nutritional science. Tom Lonsdale, DVM, Work Wonders: Feed Your dog Raw Meaty Bones would be the textbook. An advanced course would tackle Lonsdale’s Raw Meaty Bones, a more theoretical treatise on the evolution of carnivores and the critical role of oral health in their survival.
Ironically, the same global companies that profit from selling packaged people-meals are poised to sell them packaged, minced rmb for pets, to replace the kibbles and canned mush they now promote. I suppose Oma's Pride and similar stuff will retain their niche markets, even as Mars, Nestle-Purina, Colgate-Palmolive, and Proctor & Gamble launch raw, minced, pet-food lines. I would love to see more pet owners wise up to the scam. Minced, packaged foods do not keep your pet’s teeth clean, and they cost a lot to feed. Feeding your pet honest rmb is easy, healthy, and economical, if you know how.