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The AAFCO 'complete and balanced' claim means that the food contains all the nutrients required for most dogs to survive in good health for a period of six months (and shorter for puppy/kitten diets). Feeding a raw diet is a bit like feeding yourself: you eat a variety of foods, with the expectation that this will meet your nutrient needs over time.
A nutrient imbalance can happen because:
Even if a raw diet is very well planned, an animal with impaired absorption/utilisation of nutrients may still struggle to get all they need from the diet.
Nutrient imbalance is a risk within processed diets too (we recommend feeding a well-planned, raw, species-appropriate diet) however, if you are going to feed a processed diet, we recommend a veterinary and AAFCO-approved diet. But even so, AAFCO approval is not a fail-safe, and owners need to be aware that nutrient deficiencies can still occur.
Our biggest tip for balanced raw feeding is to offer a mix of meat, bones, organs, green tripe from a variety of prey sources.
We see dogs and cats experience dramatic health improvements when they change from a processed diet to a well-planned raw diet, but raw feeding is not a panacea, and will not fix every problem! Please talk to your vet if medical issues are ongoing.
If your pet is unwell and you are currently feeding a processed diet, please let your vet know before you change to raw. This is particularly important in some conditions which may need close management (such as diabetes).
If, after changing to Raw Essentials, you are not seeing the improvements that you hope for, please talk to our staff so they can suggest appropriate changes to the diet.
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