Vethub

Pet owners are increasingly choosing to feed their pets a raw diet. We are building this VetHub as a resource for vets to understand raw feeding and their client’s motivations.

People are increasingly choosing to feed their pets whole foods 1,2,3 for a number of reasons including palatability, enjoyment and health benefits.

Our goal at Raw Essentials is to support people who choose to feed a raw diet by providing high quality, locally sourced food, with raw feeding advice and support through our trained nutrition advisors. We have been operating since 2008 and now have 15 stores nationwide, along with an online store.

We provide veterinary support for people who are wanting to raw feed pets with health concerns and liaise with the primary veterinarian when pets are medicated, on prescription food or under direct veterinary care. We help to ascertain if a raw diet is suitable for the pet.

We offer a ‘specific and limited range of veterinary services’ in accordance with the VCNZ code of professional conduct. This takes the form of nutritional advice and support. Our clients are informed that we do not act as a primary veterinarian.

Our Veterinary Communication Document outlines our feeding philosophy and covers the nutrient content of raw food, the non-nutritive aspects of raw food (including dental health and

behavioural enrichment) and the food safety issues for human and pet health.

(Link to Vet Pack - May 2023 - need to add Miramar)

We aim to assist in the relationship between clients and their primary veterinarian in regards to raw feeding, with the common goal of optimal health and wellbeing for cats and dogs.

We keep electronic records for our clients and their pets, provide follow up communication, with ongoing advice and support. Where appropriate, we frequently assess and discuss pets’ body and coat condition, energy levels, demeanour, dental health and any health concerns.

We have a range of minced products (which include meat, bone, organs and tripe). These make it easy and convenient to feed a variety of prey sources. We have various meal-sized whole meaty bones, meat fillets, tripe and some dried products for chewing and recreation. We exclude all grains, starches, additives and preservatives. We encourage feeding appropriately sized raw meaty bones where possible. Chewing on raw meaty bones increases satiety, improves dental health and is obviously downright enjoyable. Fagan et al illustrated this in zoo animals - the hassle factor is highly beneficial to carnivores. Whole bones are not suitable for all pets. Situations that provoke caution include brachycephalic] breeds, dental disease, greedy pets, heavy pregnancy and gastric acidity challenges due to ageing, medications, disease, carbohydrates and anxiety. Our mission is to help people feed their pets a raw diet that is safe, beneficial, sustainable and convenient.

HOW CAN A RAW DIET HELP YOUR CLIENTS?

RAW FEEDING VETERINARY SOCIETY

NZVA CONFERENCE 2022

RAW FEEDING BENEFITS

NUTRITIONAL BALANCE

GROWTH & REPRODUCTION

FOOD SAFETY

SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE AND NUTRITION

RESOURCES

REFERENCES

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