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Cure Your Dog's Weight Problem with a Raw Diet
Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:29

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Take a walk through your local shopping mall on any given weekend and notice how many heavy, out-of-shape people are walking around drinking tubs of soft drinks while munching on junk food. You want to approach them and tell them to stop, that they are killing themselves slowly.

That same thought always hits me when I see obese dogs, particularly the large breeds. I notice many of them limping from their hind legs because their excess weight has deteriorated the hip bones. The frustrating part is that for the large part, these dogs are not neglected pets, they just have ignorant owners.

There is no valid reason to allow a dog to become obese, it's easy to simply feed him less. Of course on a raw diet, you will rarely see an overweight dog, because the food has no fillers loaded and useless carbs. A raw diet is so basic: a variety of protein and organ meats and an assortment of veggies and fruit. If you feed your dog the recommended portions, there is no way that he will become overweight.

I look at those poor dogs headed either for surgery or a painful demise and I think: If only that dog was on a raw diet. Some things in life just make sense because they are so simple, like a raw diet. Don't waste time, energy and money stuffing your dog with kibble, no matter how great it purports to be, it's just a form of cereal. Choose raw, choose life!

Mixing Up Your Dog's Raw Diet
Friday, 15 May 2015 14:11
"My dog doesn't do well on bison," Owner #1 says. 
"My dog doesn't do well on chicken," Owner #2 says.
"And my dog gets sick from lamb," Owner #3 says.
What's more, all of these dogs had at one time done well on those particular products. What's this all about?
Is it a case of a bad meat lot? Check it out: no other reported cases of dog reactions, test some samples - no issues there.
Is it necessarily a case relating directly to the food? You'd have to run some testing, but many times a dog will eat something unsavory during the day and that can cause a stomach issue. Owners often forget about all the stuff dogs ingest during a walk, or a romp at the dog park and instead have a knee-jerk reaction to the last meal that their dog just ate. Understand that the dog is like the mammalian version of the catfish.
A bad reaction to a product that has been eaten many times before might also be attributed to a bug, or a virus the dog caught somewhere along the way.
And then there are always changing tastes to consider. Haven't you ever been sick of a favorite food you ate over and over?
The upshot to all this is not to fret. There can be a thousand reasons why your dog suddenly doesn't like an old favorite and it's usually not worth the effort of sleuthing for the answer.
It's not a big deal, just drop that meat from the menu for a month or two, it will not make a difference if you're feeding your pet a wide variety (4 - 5 different ones per week) of meat anyways. You may want to reintroduce that meat somewhere down the road, or you may not, it's not an issue when you're feeding a varied menu.
Variety isn't just the spice of life, it's also the key to a successful raw diet.
Raw Diets Curing Skin Irritations
Monday, 11 May 2015 17:36


One of the reasons that I got into raw feeding was back when my last dog started developing a variety of skin issues. He'd get itchy and had bald spots, all of which clearly irritated him.

I was hesitant to start treating these afflications with medication, since he always had adverse reactions to drugs. Since I had some friends feeding their dogs raw diets and their pets were doing great, I decided give it a try. Needless to say, the raw diet worked and I became a convert.

It seems like almost too simple a solution to believe. You need to understand why raw diets are so effective in fighting skin irritations. First of all, raw is easy to digest and has a 70%+ moisture content. This means that the food passes through the body quickly and flushes out many of the body's toxics. However when a cat or dog eats dry kibble that is loaded with preservatives and additives, the body does not recognize those manmade substances as food. As a result, it surrounds them with water until it can figure out how to eliminate them or just store the toxics which can lead to a variety of skin problems. A raw diet is much easier to digest and uses a lot less energy to digest. Consequently the animal has more energy to heal and treat itself naturally, which is another why raw feeders will tell you that there pets are healthier.

Customize your Pet's Diet
Friday, 08 May 2015 18:51
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Like people, every cat and dog is different and has its own unique nutritional needs. Some need to lose weight, others need to put some on. A growing puppy or a pregnant mother will need more fat and protein than an older sedentary dog. And the list goes on.
The idea is to customize a diet that best suits your pets condition and lifestyle. For example, DJ, my pet Welsh terrier is a high-strung boy in the prime of his life who burns up calries like there's no tomorrow. If I feed him the recommended raw food daily portion, it just won't be enough, so I feed him more and he's still as lean as can be. Fortunately he also eats anything and everything, so it's pretty easy to feed him. But if I fed the same amount of food to say, a chubby dog with a slow metabolism, that dog's weight would baloon. 
One of the reasons that we created a format that includies one pound packs is so that you can customize your pet's diet. If say, your goal is to reduce your dog's weight, then you can feed him leaner meats like elk and bison. Once you reach your goal however, you can add new products to his diet including for example, beef, duck or lamb that have higher fatty contents. The point is, that there are endless opportunities to build the ultimate diet for your pet. The first step of course is to get him on a raw diet and work your way from there.
Healthy Junk Food for Fido
Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:51

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As much as I'm an advocate for feeding cats and dogs the healthy stuff  likehealthy stuf like real meat, fish and fresh produce, I think they should still get a little junk.


I don't mean the processed kind of McSnacks chock full of preservatives and additives, I'm talking healthy-ish table scrap junk. A half eaten piece of toast, stale cheese, apple core, you know what I mean.

There are two main reasons why I like these types of snacks:

1) It's food that we eat, so I know that's it's safe, (but none of the verboten foods like grapes, chocolate, candy, etc). I'd rather give my pet a scrap off my plate then a manufactured snack made in China. Besides, my dog loves toast and apple cores.

2) The second reason I believe that dogs should be treated to a hodge podge of 'safe' scraps, is because in a way, this acknowledges the scavenger part of the canine, which is a reality in the wild. I don't want my dog to become too human, to only eat this, but not that. I want a dog that is always ready to eat, one that's not fussy. I think that in the long run, adding a little bit of this wholesome junk to your pet's diet will make him healthier both physically and mentally. After all, we want our pets to be robust, flexible instead of just pampered.

Dogs Shouldn't be Picky Eaters
Friday, 13 March 2015 17:30


It's getting crazy, but dogs seem to taking on human characteristics more and more. Think about, most dog owners treat them as if them like children, babying them, creating divas with attitudes. Is it any wonder that this phenomenon of dog ownership now manifests itself through their diets.

"My dog won't eat this, my dog won't it..." It's getting out of control.

When it comes to food, a dog should eat almost anything! Here's a good example: I'm walking my dog, DJ the other day and all of the sudden he leaps to the left and grabs some disgusting piece of filthy bread and gobbles it down like he was starving. Meanwhile he had already eaten a delicious balanced meal of prime red meats with all the fixins. At the end of the day, dogs are opportunist eaters, if something is edible they should lunge for it.

I don't buy into the notion of the picky eater - we have made them that way. Don't allow your dog to become one, let him go without eating a day if he snubs the meal you give him. Let him feel a hunger pain or two. When he pounces on food on the street then he'll be the canine he was meant to be.

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