Part 5 of the K9sOverCoffee Raw Food Myths concludes this “Busted” mini-series. It culminates with the peace of mind knowing that dogs who are on a raw diet won’t die – on the contrary, they will thrive!
I’ve covered different grounds throughout the last few months and shown that raw fed dogs are neither aggressive, nor will they get sick or make their human family sick, or have smelly breath. If you’d like to catch up on the previous myth busters, just click below:
Pet Nutrition Blogger Rodney Habib On How To Approach A Healthy, Raw Diet
I watched an interesting interview with pet nutrition blogger Rodney Habib on Planet Paws several months ago. When asked how a kibble feeder should approach the topic of raw feeding, he suggested by adding just 1 teaspoon of raw food to the dog’s diet for starters – just one teaspoon less of highly processed, starchy dog food can already make a difference.
The Raw Feeding ShowRaw Dog Food – “In this episode of The Raw Feeding Show, I chat with Rodney Habib – Pet Nutrition Blogger of Planet Paws about why you should be feeding your dogs’ fresh food, and the importance of Variation, Moderation and Balance.Rodney will be in the UK in December this year for the Natural Dog Conference alongside Doctor Karen Becker, Dr Jean Dodds, Dr Nick Thompson, Dr Sue Armstrong, Dr Isla Fishburn, Caroline Ingraham and Caroline Griffith, click on the link to book your ticket today- https://naturaldogconference.com”
Posted by Planet Paws on Sunday, November 1, 2015
Why I Began Feeding A Healthier Diet
For any new readers who have found their way over to K9sOverCoffee, I’d like to briefly explain again why I decided to stop feeding kibble in the first place (after having fed it for 3.5 years) and make the switch to a somewhat controversial diet of raw food consisting of muscle meat, organ, & bone.
My girl Missy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at just 3.5 years of age (or should I say “youth” instead!), which came as a total surprise.
I felt a huge lump on her neck one morning when brushing her which I SWEAR had not been there the night before.
I had always thought of K9 cancer as a potential evil by-product of senior dogs, but did not think it was possible for a young dog such as Missy to be diagnosed with it.
During her cancer treatment at the VSH in Cary, NC, I started reading up on anything and everything that was remotely related to K9 cancer, its causes and cures, and kept hearing about a more species appropriate diet of raw meat.
I read so many stories of dog owners who swore by this diet because it resulted in healthy, thriving dogs with clean teeth & fresh breath, that I became more and more intrigued and simply HAD to give it a try.
After all, if highly processed, dry dog food was really a contributing factor in producing cancer causing agents (along with other environmental influencers such as over vaccinating & chemical pest preventatives), maybe a raw diet was really capable of boosting the immune system?
I figured I didn’t exactly have too much to lose since Missy had just been diagnosed with a disease that would kill her if left untreated, so I simply took the plunge into unknown waters and started on our journey towards (hopefully) healthier pups.
How I Began Feeding A Healthier Diet
I used a slightly different approach when changing Missy’s & Buzz’s diet than Rodney Habib suggests- instead of adding just a small amount of healthier food to their kibble, I switched both pups over to a dehydrated/freeze-dried dog food over the course of about 10 days. If I was going to do this, I was doing it all the way!
I fed the dehydrated/freeze-dried Veg-to-Bowl I’m about to talk more about for 3 months before feeling confident enough in going all the way raw.
I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to review Dr. Harvey’s Grain-Free Veg-to-Bowl in early 2015, which was the perfect way of easing myself into feeding the pups a healthier diet.
The Veg-to-Bowl consists of dehydrated & freeze-dried veggies & herbs you add your own meat and oil to. I worked myself up from cooking the meat thoroughly first, to then only slightly browning it, and finally omitting the entire cooking part and just adding raw, ground or cut up chunks of meat.
If you’re interested in making the switch from highly processed kibble to a healthier diet for your pup, consider giving the Veg-to-Bowl a try. It’s easy & I had a lot of fun shopping for the pups & whipping up their breakfasts & dinners (you can also pre make the Veg-to-Bowl and store it in the fridge for a few days) – you can read more about it in my post below:
Once I had started adding raw meat to the Veg-to-Bowl, I began exploring raw food retailers online, and found Darwin’s Natural Pet Food as well as Raw Paws Pet Food.
My favorite online raw retailers
Darwin’s sells pre-packaged raw meals with vegetables (75% raw meat – including 10% bone – and 25% vegetables), already pre-ground and mixed together. Easy peasy, since you don’t have to worry about feeding a potentially unbalanced raw diet (keeping it balanced is important in order to keep our pups’ bodies functioning at their best).
Raw Paws Pet Food sells pre-mixed meals, but also offers a plethora of protein, bone & organ sources for you to put together yourself (following the 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other organ formula to keep it balanced).
While this option is less expensive, it is also less convenient since you’ll have to do the math yourself – it is a TON of fun though! I was excited like a little girl on Christmas morning when I received my first thermo box filled with raw protein, organ meat, and bone 🙂
It really comes down to your personal preference, time, and budget when making the decision between pre-made meals or putting them together yourself.
Side note: A benefit of feeding 10% of meaty raw bones is that they act as a natural toothbrush and keep your pups’ teeth clean – definitely something to keep in mind which does not happen when feeding ground mixes since the bones are also ground.
Missy Is Very Much Alive One Year Into Feeding Raw = Myth Busted!
It has been exactly one year since I decided to jump over my shadow and feed my dogs a healthier, species-appropriate diet and I would do it all again! Both Missy, my former cancer patient, & Buzz are thriving, healthy, & very much alive, “although” they are eating raw food!
Not only can you see how healthy they are simply by looking at them, our (traditional, not holistic!!) vet is amazed by their body condition and just checked all of their vitals and did a complete blood count during their annual wellness exam (4 weeks ago).
BOTH DOGS STILL ALIVE AND GOING STRONG – MYTH BUSTED!
Has a sickness caused you to re-evaluate your dog’s lifestyle choices? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!