By eating fresh, raw ingredients instead of a processed diet such as kibble, dogs and cats are eating as nature intended and enjoying a diet to which their body is perfectly evolved to eat, while receiving better nutrition at the same time.
Their digestive system no longer has to work as hard to obtain nutrition from processed food, and they are no longer chronically dehydrated from a diet so low in moisture. Their bodies can instead focus on a return to health and vitality. You can see areas of improvement such as;
- An overall stronger immune system
- Healthier metabolism, helping to maintain an appropriate weight more easily
- Their teeth will be cleaner and gums healthier, eliminating “dog breath”
- Skin problems and allergies begin to heal and are easier to treat with a limited ingredient diet which is easy to customize. You may also see less shedding and hairballs.
- Stool will become smaller, better formed, and less pungent in smell
Raw food diets have also been known to help with various general health problems such as yeast overgrowth, digestive issues and gas, inflammation, and joint pain.
Each pet is uniquely different in their weight, age, metabolism, and breed. Feeding amounts should be adjusted according to their weight. If you notice weight loss, 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 variety you offer your pet with different proteins and organ meats will lessen the need to supplement their diet. However, we do believe that your dog should be receiving Omega-3’s (fish or an Omega-3 oil), a high quality probiotic, and minerals if they are on a limited diet.
If your pet has a specific health concern you wish you treat, diet alone may not be enough and supplements might be necessary.
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 tract in dogs and cats are 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 pets tolerance to bacteria is much higher than ours. They have a highly acidic stomach which kills bacteria, and unique gut flora which keeps pathogens under control.
Keeping your counters, chopping boards, bowls etc clean just as you would when handling meat for your family’s meals will keep your pet happy and healthy.
Raw bones are healthy and a safe addition to a raw diet, provided they are of an appropriate size for your pet and their chewing habits.
Their stomachs are highly acidic which breaks down raw bones very well. Bones are a great source of essential minerals, as well as offering dental benefits and providing mental stimulation for your pet.
You should never feed your pet cooked bones as this can make them brittle and easy to splinter. Cooked bones are also dried out and can be harder to digest and could cause blockages.
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! Their formative years is the most important time to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition.
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 recognize how much healthier it truly is.
Veterinary school does not offer in-depth nutrition training to students, and many are simply not well-educated on the safety or benefits of raw diets. 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!
To put it 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.
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 fatty fish or an Omega oil!
While we advocate and are passionate about the benefits of raw feeding, we recognize that it isn’t an option for every pet owner. Any amount of fresh, unprocessed ingredients you can add to your pet’s diet will provide them with nutritional benefits, and there are many ways to add raw to your pet’s diet.
We don’t recommend mixing raw and kibble together, but feeding them at separate mealtimes, or adding fresh toppers to their diet will improve the nutrition of their meals and allow you to see some of the benefits a fresh diet can give to your pet.
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.
We offer cooked diets from Tom & Sawyer and Raised Right, or you can cook any food that does not contain bone. In this case, another source of calcium such as eggshell should be added.
There are many different options and price points when feeding raw, just as there are with commercial processed diets. Whether your pet can eat a variety of proteins or has specific allergies, if you have the ability to buy in bulk sizes, and the format of food can affect the cost of raw feeding.
In general, a raw diet will be about equal to a premium or veterinary kibble, and is usually less expensive than canned food.
Raw food when left in the fridge should ideally be used within 2-3 days. Your pet’s food can stay in the freezer for the same amount you would leave your own meat (6-12 months) with vacuum-sealed food staying fresh for up to 2 years. If it’s not vacuum sealed, it could begin to crystallize and oxidize on the surface changing the colour and texture, however this does not damage the product or affect its nutrition.