Which Food Is Better for My Pet, Kibble or Raw?

The pet food industry is a massive one, bringing in billions of dollars a year. There are so many options these days, it can seem overwhelming to pick the right food for your furry friends. Kibble, raw, cooked, freeze dried, dehydrated: the options are endless! As humans are becoming more aware of and in-tune with our own health, we’re also providing that same courtesy to our pets. On my journey to get my own health, and mental health, on track, I have felt the benefits of eating fresh, whole foods over processed ones. Your pet is a living, breathing being, who is meant to eat a certain way, much like we are.  Discover the pros and cons of each diet to help decide what’s better for your pet.

Pros and cons of feeding your dog or cat kibble 

Pros of kibble

1) affordable for most people,

2) easy to serve,

3) shelf stable, and

4) available in many places.

Cons of kibble

1) processed heavily, which causes inflammation in the body,

2) causes obesity and gas due to the extremely high carbohydrate content,

3) what little nutritional value it does have comes from synthetic nutrients which aren’t absorbed as well by your dog or cat, and

4) there are allowable levels of deadly aflatoxin, which is a type of mold, and the cause for most of the kibble recalls we are seeing lately.

Pros and cons of feeding your dog or cat raw food

Pros for raw pet food

1) species appropriate, making it healthier for your pet,

2) fresh whole foods are better for their gut health and provide more nutrient bioavailability,

3) you’re contributing to the health and happiness of your pet, and

4) they can eat a variety of proteins giving them options and nutrients they may have been missing out on.

5) need less food

Cons for raw pet food

1) when serving raw meat, just treat it as if you were cooking with it, wash your hands and wash their bowls,

2) possible contamination if your pet finishes eating then licks you on the mouth, this is not recommended anyways,

3) more expensive than kibble, and

4) some non-commercial raw meals are not balanced properly, if it is very cheap raw, it is cheap for a reason.

Take a look at these charts for example. On the left we can see that kibble contains an average of 47.5 different ingredients, and raw comes in at only 7. As stated above, most ingredients in kibble are synthetic and need to be added to give the food some nutritional value after processing. In raw food, ingredients typically come from wholefood sources, which is much more ideal as they are more easily digested. Further, referring to the chart on the right, we can see that the carbohydrate content of kibble is much too high. Dogs, and especially cats, do not need 50% carbs. Once broken down, carbs become sugar and get stored in the body if not burned off. This is why there are so many overweight, kibble-fed dogs. Carbs aren’t all bad, but more on that in another article.


Raw food beats out kibble for your pet

All in all, as a pet owner, you’re going to decide what food suits your situation best. If the cost is turning you away from switching your dog or cat to a raw diet, think about spoiling them once a week, or a few times a week, with some raw on top of their kibble.  And consider that raw food actually isn’t as expensive as you think, because dogs and cats need less food than they would with a cereal-based kibble.

When you feed them raw food, you’re simply making your pets healthier, and this means fewer visits to the vet.

In Closing

At Georgian Bay Naturals, we are all about feeding our pets the way nature intended them to eat. We have seen the benefits firsthand, and having completed 5 pet nutrition related courses, I can assure you that a raw diet is the best option for dogs or cats, barring any special circumstances. Kibble gets the job done, but it is certainly not ideal. There are good kibbles out there, but a freeze-dried or dehydrated raw is a better option.

If you have any questions regarding what food your pet is on, or if you would like more information regarding kibble or raw, contact us on social media @gbnaturalspet, call me, Adam, directly at 705-716-9515 or email us at gbnaturalspet@gmail.com.

Adam Harrington

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