Health and Nutrition

At Majessa Poodles we are committed to raising healthy, happy, and well-socialized puppies. We firmly believe that a raw diet is critical to the health and well-being of your new puppy. The following information will help guide you understand why we feed raw and help you through this process.

What is a Raw Diet?
A raw diet recreates the way our pet's ancestors have eatenin the wild for thousands of years. Dogs and cats are carnivores. Left to their own devices, their typical daily diet, like that of their wild cousins (wolves and the big cats), would involve catching (or finding) and eating another animal. A raw diet returns our pets to this more natural form of nutrition, as if they had hunted and caught their "perfect" dinner.

When a carnivore eats an herbivore (plant and grass eating animal) like a rabbit or a deer, the carnivore eats some meat, some bone, some organ meats (liver, heart, kidney, etc.), and a small amount of green vegetation contained in the herbivore's digestive tract. These ingredients are the four main food groups of a good raw diet.

•Fresh, raw meat
•Some uncooked bone
•Some raw organ meats
•Some green vegetation


Why Feed a Raw Food Diet?
More and more professionals in the world of dogs and cats (breeders, veterinarians, breed ring handlers, sports competitors) and thousands of concerned pet owners, are advocating a second look at what we feed our animals. There is a growing belief that dogs and cats need a raw, natural diet in order to be healthy and that commercial pet foods cannot supply the nutrients necessary for good health and a long life. An overabundance of the wrong ingredients may serve to satisfy a hungry pet, but they may also contribute to long-term health problems.

Just like us, our pets are what they eat.

And here's what raw-feeding pet owners around the world see in their raw-fed pets:

•Shinier, healthier skin and coats
•Cleaner teeth and fresh breath
•Better weight control
•Improved digestion
•Reduction of allergy symptoms
•Harder, smaller, less smelly stools
•More energy and stamina
•Decrease in abnormal hyperactivity
•Increased mobility in older animals
•Reduced or eliminated need for veterinary dental work
Switching an animal with an existing health problem to a raw diet can often produce an improvement in their conditions. Among healthy animals, a raw diet is likely to help them avoid some of the illnesses that are now becoming common in our companion animals. Regardless of the starting point for your pet, a high quality raw diet will help promote a long and healthy life.

There are a variety of vendors that will assist you as you develop a healthful feeding routine for the new addition to your family.

http://www.omaspride.com/

To learn more about feeding a raw diet we at Majessa Poodles highly recommend that you pick up a copy of The Whole Dog Journal, a wonderful resource.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/

These are books that we use at Majessa Standard Poodles.

"The BARF Diet" by Dr Ian Billinghurst
http://www.barfworld.com

"Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats..The Ultimate Diet" by
Kymythy Scultz
http://www.kymythy.com

"Mother Knows Best" by Carol Lea Benjamin

All of these books and many more are available at http://www.naturesfarmacy.com/

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