Raw foods contain living enzymes. Enzymes are proteins found in raw foods that help the body function. These enzymes restore, repair, and maintain a healthy body. Enzymes are beneficial to the body because they are living. When food is cooked or processed, it no longer contains the living enzymes, or it is destroyed, or it is partially lost. It puts stress on the pancreas to produce the necessary proteins to function efficiently. When an animal eats raw unprocessed foods, it replenishes the living enzymes, antioxidants, phyto-chemicals, and unprocessed amino acids. Living enzymes break down and utilize food to maximize the digestive systems effectiveness. It enhances digestion and absorption of nutrients. This natural balance of living enzymes achieves many benefits to having a healthy pet.
Do NOT throw out the blood from the raw food packaging!!! The blood is packed full of live enzymes and nutrients!
A healthier coat and skin will be the first sign of change that you notice. Coats will be shiny and silky instead of dull and dry. (No more, or fewer, medicated washes, cortisone shots which were introduced into the veterinary world about the same time as manufactured foods).
Healthy teeth and breath and minimal tarter build up from the natural gnawing of bones. (Since the advent of the pet toothbrush, Periodontal disease is prevalent with grain fed diets where as with biologically appropriate diet gum disease is nearly nonexistent).
Reduced stool volume. Because raw ingredients are readily absorbed and optimized in the animals system there is less frequent drinking of water. Raw foods contain a high water content, unlike dry kibble that absorbs water and nutrients and expands in the stomach of cats and dogs, you'll notice that your pet will drink less... and this is normal.
Nearly odor-free stool. Many manufactured kibble companies add fillers, preservatives, artificial ingredients, sugars, salts, and a long list of other unnatural items which pass through a dog and cats short intestinal system as a foul byproduct. It's more readily absorbed than grain fed diets.
Optimal immune system. Because a biologically appropriate diet contains a good balance of essential fatty acids and additional immune strengthening nutrients, it reduces many inflammatory conditions and infections.
Pet owners who have switched to the biologically appropriate diet have discovered that the degenerative disease that their pet has is reduced or becomes less of a problem. The diet is not a miracle drug or replacement for treating diseases, but it has benefits that assist in reducing conditions now commonly found in pets since the introduction of manufactured foods. ARF strongly suggests complimenting a healthy pet diet with appropriate veterinary care.