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Last year, I participated in the A to Z blogging challenge and chose to write about what I had learned after our 1st year of raw feeding. Now I'm here to update you on what I learned during my 2nd year of raw feeding.
Everything has changed.
Why I feed a raw food diet to our dogs…
I switched our dogs to raw in 2013, because Rodrigo and Sydney were always getting yeasty ear infections, Rodrigo would lick his paws until they developed sores, and the final straw was a wicked rash Rodrigo got on his back (huge, crusty welts along his spine). I kept hearing about how terrible kibble was for dogs (the processing kills everything that goes into the food and the added supplements/vitamins aren't always the best quality) and I got the impression that raw would solve all of our dogs' health challenges.
Now, on the 2nd anniversary of transitioning to raw, I believe raw is definitely the best option for our dogs. There is a learning curve and the community is full of Know It Alls who want to pressure people into feed raw one way; but I've learned to take the information in and do what's best for my dogs.
After my first year of raw feeding, I learned that…
- raw feeding is expensive and there were months that I was spending $800 to feed our 4 dogs
- raw feeding doesn't give your dog smaller, less smelly poops – this is a false hood
- raw feeding is complicated; every time I think I got it, I learn something new
That last one is still the case, but it's not a bad thing. The first 2 are false. I figured out how to save more than 50% off of our monthly raw budget and the reason Rodrigo's poops were still big and smelly is because he has a sensitive digestive tract and needs a digestive enzyme daily.
What I learned this year about raw feeding…
This month, I'm going to be sharing everything that I shared, using the alphabet as inspiration for each post. 26 days of raw feeding updates:
- A – Introduction to the A to Z Blogging Challenge (this post here)
- B – Benefits of raw feeding
- C – Co-op; How Wazzuor helped us save money on our raw feeding budget
- D – Dangers of raw feeding; including bacteria, parasites, and perforated bowels
- E – Enzymes; the importance of a quality probiotic and digestive enzymes to a dog's diet
- F – Farmers Market; feeding our dogs fresh vegetables and fruit
- F – bonus post – Freeze Dried or Dehydrated Raw – is this really raw food?
- G – Ground raw; why we chose to feed our dogs ground raw food
- H – Rodney Habib; my pet nutrition blogging crush
- I – Ingredients I need to create a balanced raw diet for our dogs
- J – Julz Animal Houz; why I prefer local pet stores over the chains
- K – Keeping the kitchen clean; using custom raised dog dishes by Trendy Pet to make raw feeding cleaner
- L – Living longer; do raw fed dogs live longer?
- M – Making raw feeding affordable, balanced, and easier
- N – Nutritional consults; the value of a nutritional consult to a raw feeder
- O – Omnivores or carnivores; sharing how I classify dogs and why
- P – Picky eaters; how to tempt picky eaters
- Q – Quality kibble; kibble brands I endorse for dogs who aren't ready for raw feeding
- R – Red meat; how much red meat v white meat should be in a dog's raw diet?
- S – Sweet potatoes; why I limit the sweet potatoes in our dogs' diet
- T – Treats; The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Dog Treats
- U – Understanding; the key to understanding raw is knowing your dog
- V – Veterinarians; how we came out as raw feeders
- W – Wolves; should dogs be fed like wolves?
- X – Xrays; which digests faster, kibble or raw?
- Y – Yacking; raw feeding groups
- Z – Ziplock; creative ways to store raw meals
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