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Top 10 Tips on Feeding Your Dog a Raw Diet
Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:22
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Top 10 Tips on Feeding Your Dog a Raw Diet
 
1) Serve it frozen. Your dog will get a better chew, more water and clean his teeth while he eats. It's also a lot easier to clean up after the meal.
 
2) Go 100% raw. It's not the greatest idea to mix in kibble which takes a lot longer to digest than raw.
 
3) Feed him in the morning. Understand that a raw diet is high in moisture, 70% plus, so he will have a lot of water running through his system. An early morning feeding will allow him to empty his bladder during the day so that he can sleep comfortably at night.
 
4) Unless you have a puppy, feed your dog just once in the day, in the morning. Giving him a second meal just fills up his bladder at night and makes him anxious waiting for that second meal. 
 
5) Feed him at least four different protein meats per week, that way he can get a balanced diet. I like to do at least 2 sorts of red meat, a poultry-turkey-duck and a fish, that way I've got everything covered.
 
6) Include veggies (dark green and orange ones) with every meal. Most raw feeders recommend that 20 - 25% of their meals consist of veggies. Not only do they grease the digestive system, but veggies are loaded with cancer-busting vitamins.
 
7) About 10% of each meal should include organ meats - liver, heart, spleen - all the good stuff! Think of organ meats as vitamin supplements.
 
8) Rotate your meats, don't get hooked on the same four or five meats all the time. Your dog will get bored. Try it all: chicken, turkey, duck, bison, elk, venison, lamb, beef, rabbit - they're all great!
 
9) Feed him parts as snacks like chicken and duck necks, lamb necks, bovine cartilage, etc. Let your dog get in touch with his primal core. Parts may be a tad unsightly at first, but they are a blast for your dog to chew on.
 
10) Include raw meaty bones as part of his diet. Sure they're a great chew, but they are also loaded with calcium and some have marrow which is by the way, the first thing a wolf will go for after they take down their prey.
 
Remember, a raw diet is the most biologically appropriate diet for your dog, but you also need to know how to do it right.
 
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Feed Your Dog a Bone...But
Friday, 16 May 2014 19:09

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My dog loves bones of all kinds - marrow bones, joint bones, chicken and duck necks and anything else he can get his eager little teeth on. He doesn't just eat or grind away on bones, for DJ, a bone is more like an activity. If I have to leave him alone a long period, I will inevitably leave him with a bone or two in order to alleviate boredom.

Bones give a dog the calcium they need to fortify their skeletons and teeth, while chewing gives their mighty jaws a real workout. Understand how important this is: a dog's mouth is like an elephant's trunk or to a certain extent, like our hands. They basically interact with the world on physical level through their mouths. This is why it is so crucial for dogs to maintain strong jaws and good teeth.

That said, not all bones are good for all dogs. I've noticed that certain dogs, particularly poodles and some small-muzzled breeds like Boston terriers or French bulldogs are gulpers and won't grind smaller bones like chicken or duck necks. These dogs get so excited when they see a bone that they actually swallow them without chewing. As a result, those bones can get  stuck in their throats.

In these cases, I recommend sticking with a large smooth bone like a beef marrow bone or a joint bone. Another cautionary warning if you feed your dog smaller bones: Make sure your dog is a grinder because if he isn't, he can swallow a sharp piece of bone that can ultimately tear his inner lining.  And never ever give your dog a cooked bone because it  can easily break into sharp points and cause real damage.

Bones can also be used to remedy loose stools or diarrhea because they dry up the poop. Conversely, I'll usually give my dog a couple cubes of fish or veggies a few hours after he's eaten some bone, so his poop won't come out too dry. Like everything else in life, you need to find the right balance. In any case, I would recommend feeding your dog bones regularly, just make sure though that he is getting the right kind of raw bone to suit his eating habits.

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Kibble vs Raw Diet
Thursday, 08 May 2014 18:02

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"But I feed my dog grain-free Super Premium Brand AAA, specially blended for large breeds. My vet sells it to me," Dog Owner tells me.

 I feel like sighing again, I've heard this sort of thing so many times. But here I go again, "Understand that even if you are buying the best kibble out there, it's still dry dog food that is 100% processed and loaded with additives. It's also abrasive against the gums and a killer to digest. Raw food by comparison is 100% natural and easy to digest - a dog's digestive system evolved to process raw food. Furthermore, a raw diet has a very high in moisture content, somewhere in the 70% range. Your dog will hardly ever even need to drink water. His system will be constantly flushed with water and that's great. Your dog will poo a lot less because there is no filler in a raw diet, all the food is absorbed into the system. A dog poos a lot more on a kibble diet because there is a lot of waste in it."

At which point Dog Owner thinks it over...makes sense. But I'm not finished.

"And then there's the dental benefits of a raw diet. Feed it frozen and the dog gets a great chew, cleans their teeth in the process and it's totally non-abrasive on the gums." 

But hey, don't take my word for it, try a starter pack for yourself and you will witness all these benefits. You'll also see how much more your dog will enjoy a raw meal over kibble. Think about it: What would you rather eat - a 100% processed diet or a natural one? I rest my case.  

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Why Raw Diets are Natural for Cats
Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:03
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A raw diet is as natural to a cat as catching a mouse. Consider this: cats are relative newcomers to domestication. After all, they were "only" domesticated by the Egyptians some 4000 years ago. Compare this to dogs which were domesticated somewhere between 15,000 - 33,000 years ago. This means that cats have a lot more "wild" in them than dogs.
 
Think about it and a cat's behavior makes more sense. Cats are more independent-minded, love to prowl the neighborhood and most important, they are proficient hunters. More birds in Canada are killed by cats then from anything else. And what do you think a cat does after the kill? Yup, it's snack time!
 
Another point to consider is that cats originated from the desert. They derived their moisture from their prey, not from free-running water. This is why dry commercial food is hard for them to digest and can also cause health issues like urinary tract infections. Raw diets however, have a 70% + moisture content which allows your cat to hydrate itself evenly and thoroughly. Raw food is also more interesting for the cat to eat; it's about as close to eating real prey as they can get.
 
The sand cat is a wild feline native to North African deserts and is also a species that perhaps resembles closest to the domesticated cat. The sand cat subsists on a diet of small rodents, lizards, snakes and insects and rarely drinks water. In fact, their habitats are typically arid without any free-running water. 
 
Yes, cats are a lot more wild than you think, which is why they deserve nothing less than a natural raw diet.
 
Marrow Bones, A Dog's Best Friend
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:25
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How good are marrow bones for your dog? The fact that we can even post this question online is well...thanks to marrow bones...indirectly of course. To understand this, we're going to have to go way back in time and I mean millions and millions of years ago, back when our granddaddies were but fledgling hominoids. They figured out that by consuming the rich bone marrow  they could consume a lot more protein and waste less energy digesting ruffage.  Over the long haul the consumption of marrow was crucial in the evolution of man, particularly in relation to the brain.
 
Animals seem to understand instinctively that there is something nutritionally special about marrow. When wolves are given access to a full deer or elk carcass, the first thing they will do is to crack open the thigh bones where the marrow is most plentiful. Test it out on your dog: toss him a marrow bone, organ meat and muscle meat. My bet is that he’ll go for the marrow bone first, then the organ meat and save the muscle meat for last.
 
There’s another reason why animals of all sorts are drawn towards marrow – the taste. It’s creamy, savoury, sometimes sweet and always extremely rich. But take heed; when you feed your dog a marrow bone, cut down on his regular meal. If I give my dog an eight ounce marrow bone, I’ll cut his daily food portion by half and usually give him chicken with crushed bone just to safeguard against a runny stool.
 
And last, but surely not least, are the benefits of the bone itself. Not only will your dog derive immense pleasure from grinding away at the calcium-rich bone, strengthen his teeth and gums, but he’ll also get hours of fun. When I know that my dog will be alone for a while, I’ll give him a marrow bone to while away the time. Complement your dog’s diet with marrow bones and you’ll have one happy critter.
 
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How to Use Fruit in a Raw Diet for Dogs
Monday, 24 March 2014 19:26

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Does your dog have a sweet-tooth? I know that every dog I've ever owned had one. Of course I'm not taking about sweets like chocolate or candy - that stuff might as well be categorized as canine poison. When I talk about sweets for dogs, I really mean fruits like apples, pears, bananas, berries and mangoes, just to name a few.

I'll admit, fruits don't seem like natural foods for a dog. All I can say is that most dogs love them and the health benefits of these foods are significant. Fruit is low in calories and rich in dietary fiber which helps the dog absorb bad cholesterol. Fruits are also natural cancer-busters and protect the health of the heart because they are high in antioxidants. Check on any list of the best foods to eat to prevent cancer and you'll see lots of fruit.

Now let's think of fruit from a dog's culinary perspective. Meat has a strong savory taste that leaves the palette begging for something refreshing like water or even better, fruit, which is both watery and sweet. But all I really need to do to know that fruit is right for my dog, is to give him some. He'll demolish an apple or pear core in no time and literally jump for joy when I feed him a Mrs. Meadys' fruit and beef mix like Beefenberry, Apples & Beef or Mango'd Beef. I've seen that same look of delight when I treat my son to an ice cream and that's all I need to know.

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