Feeding + Nutrition

Industry Influence

Veterinary students learn about dog and cat nutrition from a book written by huge pet food corporations. The professor’s education has been underwritten by them. They provide free food for vet clinics once they have obtained their degree as well as teaching hospitals.

Who has money to fund research into pet nutrition? You guessed it, the gigantic pet food conglomerates. They also have an obvious presence in the exhibit halls of all veterinary conferences.

The Last Thing on Our Minds

We’ve been deceived into believing that pet food companies are experts in nutrition. Their advertisements show perfectly groomed pets leaping through the air with tremendous athleticism. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality.  Pets need appropriate diets to achieve ideal weight, agility, and well-being. Many vets find more lucrative revenue streams in trauma, vaccines, and the use of drugs to keep pets unhealthy rather than feeding pets properly.

Veterinarian students receive one course in nutrition, which is funded by pet food companies.  Pet food manufacturers have a scientifically prepared diet for each ailment, thus aiding the vet in their “practice.” Many ingredients are indecipherable to the consumer and create dependence on the veterinarian.  It can be a vicious cycle between vets and unscrupulous manufacturing processes in which pets suffer the consequences.

Simply put, Fresh Food is best!

Is There Hope?

Yes! There is a grassroots raw pet food movement that is awakening consumers, vets and pet food manufacturers. Perhaps conventional nutrition practices can be reformed to help pets universally.

Our raw food diet feeding recommendations for dogs and cats:

Just like humans, cats and dogs are individuals and  need time to adjust to a new diet. That’s why we recommend that you introduce our raw food slowly into your pet’s current diet over the course of 4 to 10 weeks until your pet is eating Love Your Pet food in the recommended amounts. We also recommend you consider including organ meats/tripe every 7-10 days to complete your pet’s raw food diet.

Keep in mind that some pets are a bit finicky and may require an even longer time to switch over to raw food, while others may adjust to their new diet rather quickly. Also, a few mild digestive upsets are normal as your pet acclimates to the natural enzyme content of the raw foods.

At first, dogs and cats who have been fed a premium dry diet will eat a larger quantity of Love Your Pet food. Generally, after a few months of introducing a raw food diet, your pet’s digestive system will begin assimilating it well enough to be able to reduce the serving size. This increased assimilation of nutrients may progress over several months, so be sure to continue to monitor your pet’s hunger and adjust serving sizes accordingly.

Generally, the ideal amount to feed your pet depends on his/her age, activity level, and metabolism. We recommend that you feed 1% of your pet’s weight each day if your friend is sedentary, 2% if your friend engages in an average amount of exercise, and up to 4% if your friend is quite active.

For example, let’s say your dog weighs 100 pounds and is sedentary. The optimum amount of Love Your Pet raw food to feed him daily would be 1% of 100 pounds. That would be 1 pound of food per day. 

Feeding Guidelines

DAYS 1 – 3
5% Love Your Pet
95% of current food

DAYS 4 – 7
10% Love Your Pet
90% of current food

Increase the amount of Love Your Pet by 5-10% each week. If at any time your animal has diarrhea or gastric upset, decrease portions to the previous amount you were feeding. Once defrosted, the food will last up to five days in the refrigerator. Use safe handling precautions as you would with any other meat products.

* PLEASE REMEMBER to begin this program gradually.

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