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So the dogs have been packing on the pounds. Sydney has saddlebags, Rodrigo is “big boned,” and I cut out the canned food and started cooking for them. Friends of ours have started feeding their dogs a raw food diet – just feeding them raw chicken – and the change has cleared up allergies and made the dogs slim and trim. This isn’t the first story I’ve heard – I’ve come across a lot of people who are hanging with RAW.
Wow! We can buy up chicken at Costco, we do every weekend anyway. I usually cook up some of it for them, but I can toss a couple of pieces in their bowls. Can’t it?
Before I grabbed the keys and headed off to Smokey Point, I decided to ask around about the “raw food” diet. It’s not as simple as feeding them raw meat, is it? If that’s the case, why all the veggies and brown rice in today’s food? And I don’t know about you, but our spoiled dogs haven’t experienced “the wild.” And what about salmonella? As you can see, I started slowly talking myself out of this new trend.
Dog owners shared their experience with feeding their dogs a raw food diet
Our “neighbor” Dan Koffman- in quotes, because he lives close by – shared…
“We are starting the third year of feeding our 12 year old chow chow the raw food diet by Nature’s Valley called Instinct. Our boy has really thrived on it as he had many allergy issues with regular dry and wet brands. We would encourage anyone who is leaning towards a raw food diet for their pup to visit the website of these folks. We would never just feed our dog raw meat by itself. Instinct has 5 percent fruits and veggies and no grain. Variety is good and patties stay frozen until used. Risk of spoilage is eliminated.”
Sarah Chamberlain recommended that I check out the a book “called Give Your Dog a Bone, by Ian Billinghurst, he is an Australian vet and the book is exceptional for raw food diet. it’s a bit pricey but worth every cent.”
Felice Arata-Rhodes, President and Founder, Feline Instincts LLC shared…
“Feeding a balanced raw diet to cats and dogs is what they are born to eat. Their digestive system is short and acidic to be able to digest raw and the enzymes in the meat when it’s raw is what they thrive on.”
When I check out these sites, I’m not seeing raw chicken. I’m seeing carefully prepared foods for dogs and cats. This is the raw food diet.
That being said, I was happy to receive this response from Terri Jay, Pet Psychic and Veterinary Intuitive…
“Raw meats contain e coli, salmonella and a host of other life-threatening bacteria. The thinking on a raw diet is that the dog is getting what it would eat in the wild. Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years and therefor need a domesticated diet. Most commercial dog foods are made from dead, dying diseased or decayed foods and are over processed. We can cook our dogs healthy, nutritious food and avoid the health problems from commercial foods and yet protect them from dangerous bacteria.”
Terri inspired our dogs current diet when she shared the following…
“I cook low fat ground beef and add gravy, rice and mixed vegetables and my dogs are healthy and have great coats. Their diets can also be adapted if they have any food allergies but none of mine do.”