Raw diets are an excellent way to respect our companions’ ancestry as carnivores.

Commercial and homemade raw diets gained in popularity after the 2007 pet food recall where thousands of cats and dogs experienced renal failure and even deaths after consuming processed food contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid.

It is important to understand the nutritional demands of your companion if you wish to formulate meals at home to prevent nutritional imbalances.

A diet of solely chicken breast and two pieces of organ meat is not a complete or balanced meal.

There are two similar methods of approach when it comes to formulation. Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) and Prey Model Raw (PMR). Both diets primarily contain a mix of raw meats, bones and edible organs. 

Common concerns for raw diets include food borne illnesses, zoonosis (transmission of diseases between animals and humans) and nutritional imbalances.


Owners who are feeding or wish to feed raw diets should practice the following to minimise risks.

  • Proper food safety practices to reduce the risk of pathogens such as washing of hands after preparation of meals and sanitising counter tops

  • Cleaning up your companion after meals to prevent environmental contamination

  • Proper research on nutritional demands before embarking on a raw food diet.


The benefits or raw food include but not limited to

  • Cleaner teeth and fresher breath

  • Better management

  • Improve digestion

  • Healthier skin and coat

  • Management of medical conditions (Joint pain, kidney issues, etc.)

  • Smaller, firmer and less odorous stool

  • Mental stimulation, less boredom

  • Strengthen immune system

  • Reduction of allergy symptoms

  • Boost in energy levels


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