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What to buy?
Chicken & Beef Mix.
Our classic chicken and beef mix is the best protein for dogs switching to an all-raw diet.
Pro tip: To make sure the transition to raw goes as smoothly as possible, we recommended going “cold turkey” by replacing every meal with a raw meal starting from day one. This helps to prevent upset stomach and digestive issues.
Fermented Vegetables & Fruit Blend.
To ensure your dog receives the enzymes, vitamins, prebiotics, and probiotics they need, we recommend supplementing the Chicken & Beef Mix with our blend of fermented vegetables and fruit. This helps to improve digestion, balance gut bacteria, and build immunity.
With any dietary transition, there is a risk of an upset stomach. To help with this, we recommend using Slippery Elm for up to two weeks following the start of a raw diet. This supplement is our proprietary blend of herbs, prebiotics, and probiotics that can aid upset stomachs, combat unhealthy bacteria, and replenish the lining of the bowel.
Pro tip: Once your dog is settled into their new diet, they may not need Slippery Elm on a regular basis anymore. However, make sure to keep it on hand in case they experience an upset stomach again in the future.
Slippery Elm Bark$16.00
Beef Bone Broth
Another household staple. Bone broth is flavourful, packed with vitamins and nutrients, and can be easily poured over any meal. In addition to boosting your dog’s immune system, bone broth can also help to strengthen gut lining, alleviate joint pain, and reduce inflammation.
Pro Tip: If your dog is a picky eater or is feeling sick, bone broth can be used to encourage them to eat.
Bone Broth – Beef$24.00
Why Go Raw?
Naturally, dogs are carnivores and they evolved to eat raw foods.
However, over the last fifty years or so, commercial dog food brands have grown in popularity. The food they produce is generally heat processed – which alters or destroys essential nutrients and enzymes. To compensate for this, dog food companies must add back in what they destroyed. Unfortunately, they don’t always know what’s missing and what proportion is best.
By giving your dog an all-raw diet, you can make sure they get the protein, nutrients, and vitamins necessary to live a long and healthy life. Just like nature intended.
Frequently Asked Questions
Raw-feeding pet owners around the world see the following benefits in their raw-fed pets:
• Shinier, healthier skin and coats
• Better weight control
• Reduction of allergy symptoms
• More energy and stamina
• Increased mobility in older animals
• Cleaner teeth and fresher breath
• Improved digestion
• Harder, smaller less smelly stools
• Decrease in abnormal hyperactivity
Dogs have a short digestive system that is designed to eat raw food. Cooked, commercial dog food takes longer for dogs to digest and often ferments before it is digested.
Bacteria is present almost everywhere. It only causes problems when the immune system is stressed. Dogs, and their wild ancestors, have survived eons by eating raw meat. Because they have survived by eating raw meat (sometimes rotting, dead things) it’s clear that dogs can naturally deal with the bacteria found on their food.
The best food for your dog may vary depending on their individual needs. The basic diet, however, should consist of mostly succulent, raw, meaty bones with the addition of some organ meat, plus a little muscle meat.
For more information on Why Raw, visit Mary Straus’s website http://dogaware.com/about.html
Yes, dogs can (and have) choked on many things including bones, kibble, tennis balls, sticks, socks, etc. Dogs also break their teeth on bones. Therefore, it is best to give them bones of a manageable size, which generally includes poultry, rabbits, and non-weight bearing bones of larger animals.
You should NEVER feed your dog cooked bones or chocolate. Cooking makes bones brittle and dangerous. Sugars, grains, and dairy products should also be avoided.