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The Best Raw Snack for Dogs
Friday, 21 March 2014 17:56

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I'm crazy about our latest natural treats, namely the veal and lamb tails. Both are great healthy snacks for dogs and cats that like to grind. Let's not tell them how good tails are for their teeth, gums and jaws.

Veal tails are kind of like the beef version of chicken necks with bone that's easy to consume wrapped in a lean and chewy meat. The dogs love the crunch, not to mention the gamy veal taste as well. Unlike big meaty bones, veal tails are practically mess-free since the dog eats the whole thing. And if your dog ever runs into runny stool trouble, than a couple of veal tails can be used to dry things up.

Lamb tails on the other hand, are a quite different type of snack, one that may even be used as a meal. They're are a lot meatier, and fattier I should add. Your dog will essentially be working on a big chunk of meat with soft bone. As we all know, lamb meat is quite rich, excellent for active and/or growing dogs, or ones that need to put on some weight. If your dog however, is sensitive to fatty meats or has a weak stomach, then this is not a treat for them. I also love lamb tails as a complete meal for cats. The size of the pieces is similar to that of a rodent, which is perfect and gives your cat kind of a prey-eating experience.

The versatility of lamb and veal tails wonderful, which is why I think no balanced raw diet is complete without them.

 
How to Use Chicken in a Raw Diet for Dogs
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 17:13
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I believe that each type of protein meat in a raw diet for cats and dogs has its own unique role. I think red meat is the most biologically appropriate food for dogs, (fowl, fish and rabbit for cats), so for dogs, I like to use it as the core to their diets. I use fish once a week to keep the coat lustrous and shiny and meaty bones for their calcium content, as well as for dental hygiene maintenance.
 
But what about chicken?  Because it's so ubiquitous a product in our daily lives, we automatically think of it as a basic part of the raw diet. This is where I beg to differ. I'm not going to argue about the nutritional value of chicken, because overall, it's quite good. It's just that...well...there's better bird meat out there like turkey and duck.
 
One thing you should take note of though, is that most of the chicken products for dogs include skin and crushed bone. Consequently it's loaded with calcium and a lot fattier than the lean skinless chicken you see on nutritional charts. This is one reason why I wouldn't recommend chicken as core to your pet's diet, once a week for a is enough and twice a week for cats.
 
That said, chicken is absolutely the best meat to use when you are transitioning your cat or dog from kibble to a raw diet. It's bland and easy to digest. Chicken (with crushed bone) is also an effective way to combat runny stools. It should dry things up in no time. Another way to use chicken, particularly if you have a large dog to feed, is to think of it as a side dish to meals, kind of like potatoes. A little bit of it with most meals is better than filling your dog's belly with fillers like grain or potatoes.  The idea is to use chicken strategically  as part of a raw diet, rather than building your daily meal plan around it.
 
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Changing Tastes in a Raw Diet
Monday, 03 March 2014 19:44
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Did you ever get sick of a particular food that you once loved? Maybe it was pizza, or sushi, or lamb chops - everyone has their favorites. I know that I have; I used to love any kind of pasta with tomato sauce, now I can't look at it. Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe my body is telling me that I can live without all those carbs, who knows? In any case, most of us just move on to other foods and leave the old favorites behind without much of a fuss.
 
I think our cats and dogs experience pretty much the same thing. For example, my dog DJ was always crazy about lamb. Then one day he turned his nose at it. I tried feeding it to him a few more times and the same thing happened each time. I didn't make a big deal out of it, he's a good eater and still eats more or less everything. I didn't stress over it, or try to figure out why. Like humans, dogs (cats) have tastes and preferences that evolve, that change as they grow. It's normal.
 
We've had many customers whose pets stopped eating a particular product for no apparent reason and I tell them not to worry about it, to move on. That's the beauty however, of a varied raw diet consisting of five or six different protein meats. If your pet decides he no longer likes one type of meat, it won't have a major impact on his diet. You can easily add a new meat or continue with one less. Just as change is part of our lives, so too is it for our pets. Embrace it, use change as an opportunity to try out a new food. Remember, variety is not just the spice of life for us, but for our pets as well.
 
How to Balance a Dog's Raw Diet
Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:45
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I think some owners get way too hung up on the quantities and mix that they feed their cat or dog for each meal. While an owner must know how much to feed their pet each day, I don't think it's worth getting overly concerned about it.
 
Say you have a healthy dog and he needs to eat half a pound per day:  meat, some veggies and offal. That's half a pack of a typical Mrs. Meadys' bag. You don't really need to weigh it considering it's simple to eyeball the pack and throw in the equivalent of half a pack into the bowl. After just a few feedings you get the idea of how full that bowl should be.
 
It's also important not to be too rigid, not just with the daily portion sizes, but also with the mix. For example, say you're going to have an active day out with your dog - you'll want to feed him a bit more to compensate for the extra calories that he'll burn. Conversely, if it's a couch potato day where he'll be alone most of the time, you'll want to cut down on his portion. A full belly of raw food also ultimately means a bladder full of water. Remember that a raw diet has a moisture content of over 70%, so if your dog will not be in a position to evacuate his bowels not long after he eats, then feed him later. Suffice it to say that it's better just to feed him less. Think about the whole portion issue: do you eat the same amount of food every single day?
 
Raw Dog Food Recipes are Simple
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 20:50
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The best recipes for raw dog and cat food are the simple ones. For any given meal, I like the following mix: 70% protein meat, 20% veggie and 10% organ meat. I don't like additives or supplements. If you feed your pet a varied diet, there is no need to add anything more.
 
A typical week of meals for my dog will consist of 4 meals of red meats (beef, veal, bison, elk, lamb), 2 meals of poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) and 1 meal of fish or seafood. Throw a few veggie balls (dark green and orange ones are best), a few chunks of organ meat (beef, lamb or veal) and your pet has a balanced raw diet. There is absolutely no need for fillers like rice, corn, pasta or potatoes - it will just bloat your pet's belly and the nutritional value of it is basically nil. It may be appealing to the human eye but remember - we're not doing the eating! Keep it clean, keep it basic.
 
The key to balancing your pet's raw diet is not at the micro level, that is, adding every possible protein and ingredient to the mix. That makes it hard to digest. If you've ever eaten French food, you'll know what I mean. It may taste great, but the aftermath is a rumbling tummy. You can still feed your pet as varied a diet as the everything-under-the-sun recipe, but keeping it straightforward with a different protein meat each day will make it a lot easier on your cat or dog's digestive system. It's all about simplicity and once you understand that, you will have paved the way to a healthy diet for your furry best friend.
 
How to Start Your Dog or Cat on a Raw Diet
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:28
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It's a question I'm asked daily, "How do I start my dog (or cat) on a raw diet"? It's also an excellent question and one I had back when I started feeding my last dog, Garp, a chocolate lab, a raw diet. I just couldn't fathom Garp eating raw meat and bones. The words of my vet echoed in my mind, "Just feed him a high-quality dry food - everything's there." So I did and thought that I was nourishing my dog well. He looked great - heck he even won a best-in-category at a major dog show in the Olympic Stadium in Montreal! 
 
But as age set in (seven years old to be precise), his health slowly changed for the worse. Garp dropped 12 pounds from his show weight, developed chronic ear infections, his once spectacular coat was patchy and his teeth were becoming brown. I thought he had cancer. "Let's run some blood tests," my vet said. "And we can clean his teeth," (a $350 affair).
 
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