As a loving pet parent it is understandable you want to feed your cat or dog the most biologically-appropriate diet, for many this has lead to selecting a raw food diet for their pet. A properly formulated raw diet is most natural for your carnivorous pet. Raw meat and poultry, along with proper percentages of bone and organ meat, supply a naturally correct profile of amino acids and most vitamins and minerals. Also, inherent in the raw food are enzymes and bacteria that aid in digestion and play a key role in a healthy immune system.
High Pressure Pasteurization of Raw Pet Food
However a number of raw food manufacturers have begun pasteurizing their raw pet foods through a process called High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) a method that incorporates water pressure to sterilize food to prevent pathogens that can make your pets sick. “Depending on the amount of pressureused, research has demonstrated that proteins do denature, and beneficial goodbacteria are obliterated during HPP processing”, says Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. One could argue that this pasteurized form of raw food is really no better than sterilized canned food.
Raw Pet Food Safety without Pasteurization
There are methods of guarding the safety of dogs and cats that eat raw pet food, without using HPP. Nature's Logic's raw frozen diets are 100% raw, with all the nutrients naturally obtained from raw meat, poultry and produce. We take a number of steps to ensure that is the case, without pasteurizing the food.
First, Nature’s Logic uses meats, poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables that come from human-edible processing facilities. All our manufacturing plants are registered with the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. They are all AIB Certified and several are EU (European Union) Certified.
In addition, Nature's Logic uses ingredients that have been tested for quality and purity to help alleviate any potential risk of pathogens, rancidity, or toxins and produces all of its raw products in a USDA Human Food Plant.
Dr. Becker states, “if your pet is ahealthy, thriving dog or cat, then a completely fresh unadulterated raw diet is what I would recommend. There are tremendous nutritional benefits derived fromeating non-sterile foods….Given the choice, our dogs and cats would choose tohunt and consume fresh prey -- but they would certainly not be catching sterileprey. Dogs and cats are designed to efficiently and healthfully process thenormal bacteria loads found in their prey.”
A proper raw food, based on high percentages of animal protein and little or no grain, can greatly reduce a number of diseases or the severity of them in our pets. A good raw diet is an excellent choice for any dog or cat. For more information about Nature's Logic raw foods for dogs and cats, please visit our website.