Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Raw Nutrition
What are the benefits of feeding Raw?
Small, less stinky poop
Less joint pain
Less digestive issues
All around healthier, happier dog
How do I know what to feed?
Schedule a consultation and let's find the best program for both you and your dog. It's all about rotation.
Why does this label say - Supplemental Feeding Only?
The short answer is - it's not processed like Kibble.
Want to learn more - here is a great link by DeDe Moffett and Raw Dog Food and Co.
What if my dog has a sensitive stomach?
Most dogs benefit from the switch to a raw diet. Some dogs suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome and require some additional supplementation and gut support. This is something that takes time but can be worked through and help your dog's stomach heal.
What is my dog is allergic to a protein, or multiple?
Allergy testing on a kibble fed dog isn't always as accurate as we might think. If your dog suffers from Leaky Gut Syndrome, the allergy test will show any protein that your dog is eating as well as ones that they are not and show that they have an allergy.
What is Leaky Gut?
The delicate intestinal mucosa that lines the gut and allows tiny digested nutrients to pass through to the blood stream can be likened to cheesecloth or a tea strainer. This is how nutrition is assimilated into the body - but the lining also acts as an incredibly important barrier to keep out toxins, pathogens and undigested food particles.
The mucosa becomes traumatized and inflamed, causing the junctions (the spaces in the cheesecloth) to become stretched or damaged to the point where they're no longer able to filter out larger food particles, bacteria, and toxins.
These substances can now pass through the intestinal wall and make their way into the blood stream and lymphatics.
This sets off a series of events in the body, which begins with the liver working over-time to screen out the particles; it has no chance of keeping up with the onslaught, and the pathogens begin to accumulate.
The immune system is then triggered to fight the intruders, but it too becomes overwhelmed, leading to particles being absorbed into body tissues.
This causes inflammation; but even worse, the immune system can attack these intruders, which can lead to autoimmune disease.
The body starts to perceive food as its enemy – the reason we see so many dogs who are allergic or reactive to almost every protein and many vegetables and grains.
This leaves little to choose from when it comes to feeding, in addition to the challenges of allergies to grass, pollen and more; but more importantly, and sadly, the result is an animal who’s in a chronic and constant state of inflammation and distress.
How much does it cost to feed Raw?
This depends on the size and activity level of your dog. Premade raw is more expensive than DIY raw, however, it is premeasured for the ease and convenience of clients.
DIY does require a little extra time and storage space for different proteins for your dog.
Good health starts with feeding the body whole nourishing foods. Feeding raw can mean that your itchy dog no longer has to be on Apoquel or Cytopoint. Or you don't have to feed 6 different supplements to help your dog feel less joint pain.
The investment is worth it!
What is DIY Raw?
DIY Raw just means Do It Yourself. For this, I use a base organ blend and then I rotate my muscle meat, bones and fats. You must weigh out each meal so that you know how many ounces your dog is getting. For most of my dogs, I follow the 80/10/10 Rule. This is, 80% Meat, 10% Bone and 10% Organ (of which 5% is liver). This can vary slightly per puppies vs adults.