Natural, macrobiotic and organic diets are becoming more and more popular for us and the more we learn about healthier types of food, the more we want our pets to be part of our healthy lifestyle.

Home-cooked options for pets are gaining more and more popularity, as preparing nutritious food for your pet is not perceived to be as time-consuming as it once was. For pets which have health problems, such a diet is easier to be monitored. You can also donate money to best animal charities organizations in San Diego.

Pets which are on a raw diet have cleaner teeth and coat and better digestion. It is a more expensive option, but if you buy raw meat in bulk, it can become more cost-efficient.

However, veterinarians have warned against feeding raw meat to pets, as there are health risks involved and not enough evidence to support such a diet's benefits. At the same time more diseases are registered with animals compared to the past. Young animals that are fed with processed food initially appear to be healthy. But when they reach adulthood, they begin to age more quickly and develop chronic degenerative diseases, just like humans.

Wild animals, on the other hand, eat enzyme rich raw food and as a result are free of such diseases. They live longer and healthier lives, except of course they are facing natural predators.

Domesticated animals and house pets develop similar diseases as their human owners. Commercial pet food has altered nutrients which are depleted by processing, coloring and preservatives. Pets that are regularly fed on such a diet accumulate waste toxins in their blood, lymphs and tissue, and their immune system is weakened.

Dogs and cats have an intestinal tract which is half the size of that of a human, and food is processed and assimilated in a quite different way. While a person that eats large amounts of red meat can develop cancer, lack of raw meat in our pets' diets can cause serious health problems for them.

Animals need the enzymes, amino acids and nutrients in raw meat in order to stay healthy. Animals also need raw fat in their diets in order to have a healthy skin and coat. Their systems need 30% raw fat and cannot work properly on cooked fat.