Whole Animal Carcass Diets
The staple of the canine and feline's natural diet is whole prey animals and occasionally fruits and grasses. A whole prey carcass is low in carbohydrate and fat, and high in animal protein, bulk, and roughage - not plant fiber, but less digestible parts, such as bone, cartilage, scales, fur, feather, skin, tendon, and teeth.
Muscle meat makes up the greatest portion of a whole animal carcass but carnivore's evolved to also eat all of a prey animal's organs and glands. While these foods have variable content of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals, collectively they provide the most remarkable range of nutrients in a whole animal carcass. These nutritious foods serve numerous functions in your pet's body, including muscle growth, tissue repair, enzymes, blood, immune functions, hormones, and energy.
Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the primary sources of fuel used for body heat and activity. Dogs and cats do not have an essential requirement for carbohydrates found in vegetables, fruits or grains. They are able to maintain energy levels by making glucose in their body from protein and fats. Muscle meat, fat and liver in a whole animal carcass provide your pet with a source of energy.
A diet consisting of meat alone is unnatural and nutritionally unbalanced. Along with meat, dogs and cats require bones to maintain their health. Bones in a whole animal carcass act as a source of fiber, but more importantly they supply calcium, which in cooperation with phosphorus in meat builds and maintains bones and teeth. Calcium plays many other roles in your pet's body including muscle contraction, nerve transmission and proper blood clotting.
Whole carcasses supply other key dietary components that promote your pet's health. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are a group of natural substances found in and around the cells of cartilage, joints, tendons and organs that contribute to normal joint function. Some of the more commonly known GAGs are chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid. A whole animal carcass also contains various classes of fats that provide energy, form hormones, and, regulates temperature and normal nerve function. Fats also supply fat-soluble vitamins and various fatty acids crucial to your pet's skin, coat and immune system.
When provided with the building blocks from a whole animal diet, dogs and cats have the ability to produce their own antioxidants. Whole animal carcasses support this production with nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and the minerals copper, zinc and selenium. Another group of disease-preventing nutrients called zoochemicals are provided from iron, coenzyme Q10, and the fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).
A whole animal carcass is more than simply the sum of its individual parts. Although researchers typically focus on single components in pet foods, the benefits of whole animal diets are derived from the fact that the nutrients they contain act in concert naturally. This complement of nutrients likely contains many yet-to-be discovered components that are integral to the vibrant health of dogs and cats.
Wholesome Diet Options
Individualize Your Pet's Diet! In addition to the Carnivora Whole Animal Patties, we offer a variety of supplemental foods to further indivdualize your dog or cat's diet. Every dog or cat should be evaluated and fed as an individual. Selecting foods based on your pet's age, life stage, living environment and level of activity aids in promoting optimal nutrition throughout life.
Vegetable 'n' Fruit Patties
Feeding Tip: Vegetables 'n' fruit can be fed as a separate meal, or combined with Whole Animal or Prairie-Fed Beef Offal patties every meal, once a day, several times a week (or not at all).
Contains: Romaine lettuce, Green leaf lettuce, Bok Choy, Celery, Carrots, Pears, Apples, Blueberries
Beef Green Tripe Patties
Feeding Tip: Prairie-fed Beef Green Tripe can be fed as a separate meal, or combined with Whole Animal or Prairie-Fed Beef Offal patties every meal, once a day, several times a week or not at all.
Feeding Tip: For added variety and nutrients, feed extra Beef Offal as a separate meal, mixed with Vegetables 'n' Fruit or Beef Green Tripe. You can also add extra Beef Offal to your pet's favorite Whole Animal carcass diet several times a week.
Contains: Beef heart, liver, kidneys, tongue, spleen, lungs
Feeding Tip: Rotate all varieties of whole animal diets including Chicken Meaty Bone patties per meal, several times a week or as needed to satisfy your pet's requirements. Economize your feeding menu by using Chicken Meaty Bone patties at one meal and Whole Animal patties at another!
Whole Raw Meaty Bones
Chicken Necks (skinless)
Sorry, the Carnivora Fresh Frozen diets are not available for online ordering. To locate a reseller in your area please visit our store locator.
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