By eating raw ingredients instead of processed kibble, dogs and cats are eating as nature intended and receiving better nutrition at the same time. Their digestive system no longer has to work hard to obtain nutrition from processed food, and can instead focus their bodies on areas of improvement such as;
- An overall stronger immune system
- Higher metabolism giving your dog more energy and maintaining an appropriate weight
- Their bad breath dirty teeth begin to disappear giving them stronger and whiter teeth
- Skin problems and allergies begin to disappear
- Stool will become smaller and less pungent in smell
Raw food diets have also been known to help with various general health problems such as infections, digestive issues and even heart conditions.
Each dog is uniquely different in their weight, age, metabolism and breed. Feeding amounts should be adjusted according to their weight. If you notice weight lose, up their food a little. If you notice weight gain, feed them a little less. It’s that simple!
Our feeding calculator can help you figure out how much your dog or cat should be eating.
At True Carnivores, we believe the more protein-based variety meals you give your dog lessens the need for supplements. However, we do believe that your dog should be receiving omega 3’s (fish), minerals (kelp, fulvic, tripe), and a high quality probiotic!
Some of our personal favorites are;
– Coconut Oil: Full of lauric acid, we like to call this “brain food”
– Flax Seed Oil: Another source of omega 3’s and a powerful antioxidant
– Cranimals: Full of calcium and great for female dogs and cats that contract UTI’s
Remember, you know your dog best and what he/she needs
This myth became very popular when kibble and canned pet food first hit the shelf and we just can’t seem to shake it. Dogs and cats have survived on meat, bones, and organs for as long as we can remember. Our pets are carnivores with extremely strong jaw structures that were made for ripping, chewing, tearing, and swallowing whole prey animals – unlike us humans who have flat molars made for chewing grains. In truth dogs and cats have no need for a “human diet” as our diets are full of carbohydrates and grains which their body can not properly digest. The digestive track in a dog is short and are full of acidic juices meant for breaking down and digesting raw meat and bones. In all fairness you are not feeding your dog human food but a biologically appropriate diet that closely resembles what they would be eating if they were to have gone hunting themselves.
To us raw chicken contains bacteria that can make us very ill if it is not handled properly, however our dogs tolerance to bacteria is much higher than ours. Keeping your counters, chopping boards, dog bowls, etc., will keep your dog happy and healthy. Many studies have found that a large number of kibble fed dogs had had salmonella in their stool! “Wait, what – a kibble fed dog getting salmonella?” Of course, it is just as likely if not even higher that a kibble fed dog will have salmonella found in their stool than a raw fed dog.
Raw Chicken bones are very common for both cats and dogs! They are soft and very easy for your pet to digest – providing they are not cooked. Cooked bones can be deadly when given to your pet as the bone constitution changes the way they break. When you cook a chicken bone they tend to splinter which can create very sharp edges and hurt your pet.
Yes! We get so excited when we see a little puppy walk through our doors who is ready to begin their life on raw. Puppies can start (or attempt) to begin eating raw food and raw meaty bones before weaning them. This is a great way to introduce solid foods to them and letting their jaw get used to chewing. If your puppy is already weaned and you are beginning them on raw food then please accept this round of applause. We are incredibly happy your puppy is beginning their life on a biologically appropriate diet!
There are a handful of holistic veterinarians who endorse the raw food diet, however the majority of veterinarians do not. With this being said veterinarians are beginning to see irrefutably healthy dogs on the raw food diet and are also beginning to recognise how much healthier it truly is. If you are unsure how holistic your vet is, take a look at how much “Science Diet/Hills” prescription food they promote and sell. If you wish to continue with a raw food diet consulting a vet that offers experience and knowledge is recommended for your peace of mind!
Put simply, no. Your puppy has the same inner makeup as it will when it is six months, 2 years, and even when it becomes a senior at about 10-11 years old. Because your puppy is growing and developing you can add things into their diet such as coconut oil (excellent brain food), a probiotic, and omega 3’s like salmon or flax seed oil!
In your dogs natural state they are acidic, when you feed them kibble their bodies become alkaline which causes a shift in their naturally occurring pathogens. A dog or cat’s body digests kibble and raw in different ways, and a mixture can cause digestive upsets. Dry food can decrease your pet’s natural stomach acids, which work towards healthy digestion and preventing bacteria from growing. Combining the two can put a strain on their digestive system and forces your pet’s body to constantly readjust from being acidic to alkaline.
If it’s necessary for your pet to eat kibble in addition to raw food, it’s best to alternate meals between raw and dry food instead of mixing them by leaving at least a 12 hour window between meals.
True Carnivores recommends that pets be fed a raw diet, although some animals may have problems that prevent them from being able to handle raw food, in which case cooked meals may be the best choice.
If cooking your dogs food is the only way to go make sure your dog is getting all their nutritional needs met. Red Dog Blue Kat’s red meats have no bone in them and offer a great rotation for your dog. You can also add bone powder into your dogs meals as well for added calcium!
If you are cooking meat with a small amount of bone in it such as the Carnivora brand, it is ok to par cook the patty.
There are many different brands, proteins, sizes, and grades that you can feed your pet. Of course factoring into all of these aspects they can be either cheaper or more expensive than a “high quality kibble.”
For example if you take a 50lb dog and feed a variety of proteins such as chicken, llama, beef tripe, and beef you can feed him for as little as $2.50 a day. Remembering that there are many different brands and proteins this price will fluctuate. Make sure that the price is right, and remember “if its too good to be true…”
Raw food if left in the fridge should ideally be used within 2 -3. Your pet’s food can stay in the freezer for the same amount you would leave your own meat. If it’s not vacuum sealed it could begin to crystallize however this does not damage the product.