Raw fed dogs? RAW FED DOGS? –
Well I’ve never…
That was ME when Harley was in his tween years. His first two years he dined on kibble. When I began my search for an alternative to kibble, I consulted our vet who suggested I switch him to a raw fed diet.
I giggled as I mimicked her stance and repeated her statement, all while thinking –
get the doodle out of here.
The thought of raw flesh sitting in his bowl made me shiver. The vision of him tearing apart raw meat with his teeth made me gag.
She tried (unsuccessfully) to engage me in dialog at each vet visit. We finally agreed to a truce and that’s what led me to The Honest Kitchen’s human grade dehydrated food.
IF IT AIN’T BROKE –
We all know the rest of that sentence!
For five years The Honest Kitchen has been Harley’s breakfast and dinner. Jaxson knows nothing else. They’ve both flourished and lived active healthy lives. I’ve had a blast augmenting each meal with fresh fruits and veggies, and some of you might remember my monthly cooking videos. #toofunny
While it might not be “broke” – for us it may need fixin’
ALLERGIES GONE WILD –
There are more than a half dozen blog posts written about Harley’s environmental allergy issues. I’ve researched this region so much – it interrupts my REM sleep…
My nightmares are about grass, dust, pollen and such. #calgontakemeaway
His licking, nibbling and rolling around the carpet just won’t stop.
Jaxson’s ear gunk is like the television series “The Walking Dead” – every time I turn around its back! Ear cleaning has become as common as teeth brushing. He shakes his head so much, I think I can hear his brain rattle.
Holistic remedies, natural blockers, cadi injections, Benadryl, bee pollen, essential oils, dino-vite, kale, kelp, goats milk, the list could go on until tomorrow.
No matter how many times I hop on this hamster wheel – I keep jumping off when my focus is on their diet.
NO – NO – NO – I am not blaming The Honest Kitchen.
FEEDING PETS THE WAY THEY SHOULD BE FED –
The more you know the more you grow
Remember that commercial from the 70’s?
Well, after countless hours reading, talking and most of all listening, I have come to the realization that –
Despite our (humans) desire to create certain physical characteristics in dogs and cats both dogs and cats’ genotype or their genetic makeup remains essentially the same as their wild ancestors, which should tell you something about the foods that they should still be consuming and eating. Video: Dr.Karen Becker
When I think about the benefits –
- Improved Nutrition
- Healthy / Regular Digestion
- Cleaner Teeth
- Shinier Coat
- Relief from Food Allergies / Sensitivities
And my only negative –
THE FINAL DECISION? –
The Boys are going raw!…
Much of what I’ve learned makes all the sense in the world to me, yet I still tremble at the thought of switching them to a raw food diet. #keepingitreal
My incredible vet Dr. John (aka Doodle Doc), other Charleston pet parents who’ve made the raw fed switch due to allergens and Kimberly Morris Gauthier of Keep the Tail Wagging, are my human sources of inspiration. They are my “go-to” people with the patience of Job when it comes to my relentless questions.
Our due diligence is almost complete, and in the weeks ahead I will share with you my –
- chosen menu and method
- preparation plans
- along with the book I can’t seem to put down!
A book written for people like me, spoken in a language that I can comprehend and comforting every time the devil tries to frighten me from staying the course.
FOLLOW ALONG –
I will do ANYTHING (to include having an intimate relationship with raw meat) if it will enhance their health and well being.
Right now I believe a grain-free, gluten-free raw protein diet with the right balance of veggies and fruits will help NOT harm them…
So species appropriate diet here we come. Follow along – learn with us – share what you know that could help us.
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take ❤️