Myths About Raw Feeding


Once again, welcome to's myth page; my name is Carissa (to skip the personal bio, click here). Everything that you will be reading here came out of a personal project I called my "Raw Notebook." The Myth Pages are the result of nearly four years' worth of learning, researching, probing, and pondering; at the beginning of June 2004 I finally decided that I needed to write down everything I had learned, which is how the Raw Notebook was born. Then more and more people asked if I was going to publish my personal myth list on the web, and I finally did when I saw the need for myth-debunking grow. The Myth Pages—started in 2004—have grown tremendously from those myths originally in the 'Raw Notebook', and more information is continually being added to the existing myths. I have had a tremendous amount of help along the way from the experienced raw feeders on the Yahoo! Rawfeeding list; without them I certainly would not be here (and I still have much to learn). I owe a big thanks to my colleague and 'internet mentor' CB, who made possible. I also owe a huge thanks to George Cowan, who helped me redesign the Myth Pages and created the beautiful banner you see on each page.

Just a little information about me: I graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Biology, with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. I worked for 4 years in the Clinical Sciences Department of the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital before deciding that I would be much happier as a high school science teacher instead of a veterinarian. My interest in raw feeding was sparked in 2001 after reading about it in a German Shepherd magazine. As a long-time dog owner and dog lover, I was definitely interested immediately, especially since I was (and am) always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for my family's pets. In 2002 I joined the Yahoo! Rawfeeding list to learn more; the rest is history, and I will never look back. Additionally, feeding a raw diet has introduced me to the idea of a completely holistic, healthy lifestyle for my pets that includes fresh air, exercise, and the minimization of harmful toxins. The only current carnivore under my roof is my cat Kona, and she is fed a species-appropriate raw diet. Any other carnivore entering my care will be fed the same way. Be sure to check out Kona's camping page on this server!

I applaud your efforts to seek out the truth and your desire to provide the best life possible for your pets. Best wishes to you and your pets as you embark on your quest. Whatever your decision may be, I hope that you will come away with a better understanding of your companions and the practice of raw feeding.

Dogs eating out of a bowl


Here are some questions to provoke thought and cause reflection. I ask that you seriously consider these questions, pondering the answers you come up with and the evidence you have to support those answers.

First, look at your own thoughts regarding raw diets and commercial foods. What are your own thoughts and opinions at this point? What sort of things have you heard both for and against raw, both for and against kibble? From whom did these pieces of information come? How have you come to form your opinions? What do you hope to learn/get out of these pages?

Now let us continue. Think about human food. How does a package of frozen tator tots compare nutritionally with a whole, fresh potato? Are the freeze-dried berries or 'fake berries' in certain cereals on the same nutritional level as fresh whole berries? Are processed foods for humans better than the fresh whole foods available to us?

Let us move on to our pets. Pick up the bag or can of pet food and take a look at the label. What are the primary ingredients? What other things are listed in the ingredients? What are their purposes in your pet's food? Are they as good as the things found in 'real food'? Are they actually found in fresh whole foods?

Here are several more questions: