My name is Kimberly, I have four dogs, and I'm a raw feeder.
Four years ago, I worked with Darwin's Pet to transition my dogs to a raw food diet. I was nervous about the cost, and I didn't understand anything about dog nutrition. I just knew that my dog was suffering because of dry dog food and I prayed that raw dog food was the answer.
Today, four years later, Rodrigo is a healthy 7-year-old dog. Last night, J and I were joking about waltzing Rodrigo down to the vet clinic where his first vet predicted that Rodrigo would live a short life due to his joint and other health issues. It would be worth the trip if we could change the vet's mind about raw feeding; he wouldn't change his mind. He'd probably have us arrested for trespassing.
Rebooting Raw Feeding from A to Z
Today, I hosted my first workshop teaching others how to make dog food. I wasn't able to lease a kitchen space, so I cooked dog food and thawed raw dog food last night to bring to the workshop, along with supplements, treats, and copies of my Quick Start Guide to Raw Feeding.
I had a blast talking to people, answering questions, and sharing our story. The workshop was the boost I needed to begin writing the updated version of my eBook, Raw Feeding from A to Z.
I wrote and published my first A to Z series in April 2014 on this blog. Now I think it'll be fun to explore what I've learned. For instance, three years ago, I thought raw feeding was super expensive; today, I buy 99% of my supplies through a local co-op and cut my monthly budget by more than 50%.
Why I Feed My Dogs Raw Dog Food
When I switched to raw, it was to give Rodrigo relief from environmental allergies, food allergies, ear infections, chronic diarrhea, skin rashes, itchy paws, and joint pain. Today, I understand that the reason we feed raw is that it's species appropriate. The reason Rodrigo had so many health issues is that he was eating a diet filled with highly processed foods, fake vitamins and minerals (the vitamin mix), and grains/carbs not natural to a dog's diet.
The first two weeks of feeding raw we saw a huge improvement to Rodrigo's health, and he and my other dogs only ate raw in the morning; they ate kibble in the evening. The addition of fresh foods to a diet of processed foods made a significant difference.
Why I Blog About Raw Dog Food
The reason I blog about raw feeding is that I want to let others know the importance of adding fresh food to our dogs' diet. I want others to see that amazing transformation like what I witnessed with Rodrigo.
When I became a raw feeder and started researching dog nutrition, I found it complicated and overwhelming. One person told me that yogurt was great for dogs; another person accused me of suggesting a portion of food that harms dogs. Some raw feeding groups are welcoming of all models of raw feeding, while others will kick you out for mentioning vegetables.
I wanted to create a community where people could take their time researching this new diet, transitioning when they felt comfortable. I wanted to create a community where we could learn from different people, no matter the model of raw feeding they follow. And I wanted to create a community where people felt empowered to be their dog's voice, asking more questions about nutrition and vaccinations.
Together, we've created a great community, and I'm thankful that I didn't have to do it alone.
Raw Feeding from A to Z – Table of Contents
This list is subject to change; ideas are welcome (just leave them in the comments below).
|1||A||A Reboot of Raw Feeding from A to Z|
|3||B||Balanced Diet, Bacteria, Behavior|
|4||C||Cost, Calcium, Carnivores|
|5||D||Disease, Dehydrated vs Freeze Dried, Dog Treats|
|6||E||Eggs, Education, Evidence|
|7||F||Fear, Fish Oil, and Freezers|
|8||G||Gut Health, Green Tripe, and Guidelines|
|11||I||Introducing a Raw Fed Dog to a Vet|
|13||K||Knowledge, Kicked Out, and Kibble|
|14||L||Liver and Liver Health|
|15||M||Models of Raw Feeding|
|17||N||Natural Vitamins, New Proteins|
|18||O||Organ Meat v Offal|
|19||P||Pork, Parasites, and Pancreas|
|20||Q||Quality Brands, Questions About Raw|
|21||R||Raw Meaty Bones and Recreational Bones|
|22||S||Supplements, Scientific Research|
|24||T||Transitioning to Raw|
|25||U||Understanding Your Dog|
|27||W||Warming & Cooling Foods|
|28||X||eXamining Dog Poop|
|29||Y||YouTube Raw Feeders|
|30||Z||Zen of a Full Freezer|
Thank you to Ewegurt for being a generous sponsor of Keep the Tail Wagging®. Ewegurt is an all natural supplement made with sheep's milk and other natural, healthy ingredients that help to ease anxiety in dogs. I add it to my dogs' meals as a food topper or I feed it to them as a treat before thunderstorms, windstorms, when there will be fireworks, and before they are exposed to a situation that increases their anxiety. It works great for my dogs and has no side effects.