Before you read on, I want to mention have awesome you are for taking the big scary step into taking charge of your pet's health!
If you're new to raw or interested you're probably wondering "why is raw better". We LOVE our pets. We want to prolong their life as long as possible and with the nutrition, you can. It's becoming more prevalent that kibble is not only bad but is causing cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and even death.
Raw isn't better because of what's in it... it's healthier because of what's not.
Modern diets are straying further and further away from our ancestral needs causing an array of health issues such as allergies, obesity, type 2 diabetes, auto-immune disease, and more.
Kibble diets are infested with fillers such as wheat, corn, and soy. These are added to:
boost protein content
These grains also harvest man's #1 carcinogen: mycotoxins, which is a by-product of toxic mold. Grains are food to these toxins. So when you go to feed Fido his "balanced" and "hearty food", you'll really be feeding him carcinogens and mold. Not only do these fillers host mold, but these low-quality crops are sprayed with glyphosate. Glyphosate is the #1 global herbicide used in the world. This herbicide has been classified as a carcinogen and causes an array of health issue such as:
liver and kidney disease
Quality is a factor that is overlooked in the kibble industry. Did you know when you see "poultry meal" on a pet food label that it is made up of ground-up male chickens from the egg industry, beaks, feathers, and scrapplings?
And to make matters worse, "meat meal" can contain road kill, euthanized animals, and even zoo animals...
Above all, kibble isn't "balanced" and "nutritious". It actually is quite opposite. Since dry foods are cooked at such high temperatures to rid of any pathogenic bacteria and prolong the shelf life, the fragile amino acids and vitamins/minerals are killed. This leads to companies adding dangerous synthetic vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants to attempt to add some nutritional value back into the dead food.
The problem with this is, man-made synthetics do not equate to mother nature's work. These synthetics are dangerous and cause millions of pet deaths annually. But yet, they're added to almost all dog foods... dry and raw.
This is only a small glimpse into the truth about the pet food industry. Your job now is to take this information and research, research, and research. Research to become the best possible health advocate for your pet!