Random Question Wednesday is a feature in my Facebook group, the Raw Feeder's “Kicked Out” Club. Because the group guidelines state that we discuss raw feeding (and raw adjacent) topics only, Wednesday is a day when the floor is opened to everything.
We get some great questions and I want to share them with Keep the Tail Wagging readers to help out others with similar questions.
What is a Natural Supplement for Anxiety?
Two of my dogs have anxiety. Rodrigo is afraid of windstorms, thunderstorms, rearranging the garage, brooms, the air compressor, and baby gates. Sydney becomes anxious when the power goes out, when we go to the vet, or when we go to a new place to walk.
I've found the following natural remedies for anxiety…
Ewegurt – this is an all-natural supplement made from sheep's milk that I either add to my dogs' meals or give to them as a treat. Within 30 minutes, I see a noticeable difference in my dogs' behavior and anxiety levels. When I know that there is going to be a storm, I reach for the Ewegurt.
- CLICK HERE to order Ewegurt for your dog
CBD Oil – I usually give my dogs CBD oil for pain (Sydney and Rodrigo), but it's great for anxiety too. I usually plan on giving my dogs Ewegurt around meal times. If I've missed the window, I'll add several drops of CBD oil to a cookie before we leave the house.
- CLICK HERE to order IrieCBD Oil for Pets
Whole Raw – I have found that allowing the dogs to chow down on whole raw mellows them out significantly. Earlier this year, I ordered a case of duck frames and before I had a chance to chop them up and grind them for the dogs, I noticed Scout becoming bored with his meals – so I fed them duck frames and they LOVED them. What I noticed was that the dogs went into a quiet place as they chewed on their meal.
They get so focused that they didn't notice a coyote 25 feet away from Rodrigo a few weeks ago.
Can You Recommend a Pro-Raw Veterinarian?
I'm fortunate because the holistic veterinarian community is growing rapidly in the Pacific Northwest. I have my choice of clinics for my dogs; in fact, I work with two holistic veterinarians. Not everyone is so lucky so I recommend searching the following directories for a holistic veterinarian in your area.
- American Holistic Veterinarian Medical Association (AHVMA)
- American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)
Raw feeding groups are another great resource; use them to connect with raw feeders in your area who can share their resources with you.
Why Feed Canned Sardines (Cooked) When Feeding Raw?
Yes, sardines in the can are cooked, however, they are still a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It may seem off to add a cooked food to our dogs' raw diet, but keep in mind that fish oil, which many of us add, is processed as well. Canned sardines (in water, no salt added) are a great substitute when someone can't source raw sardines or mackerel (the fish that I often feed to my dogs). I alternate these with canned sardines (1 can a week per dog) and Bonnie & Clyde fish oil. And I recently placed an order for raw sardines from OC Raw, I'll be chopping them into thirds (until they get used to them) and adding them to the dog's dishes – 1 fish per week, replacing the canned sardines while they last.
- Seasons canned sardines (in water, no salt added)
- Bonnie & Clyde Fish Oil
- OC Raw – raw sardines
Why Do We Need to Alternate Proteins in a Raw Diet for Dogs?
I alternate proteins in my dogs' diet for three reasons:
- Alternating proteins provide offer a variety of nutrients to dogs.
- Alternating proteins naturally the fats in a raw diet.
- Alternating proteins make mealtime more exciting; dogs like variety.
Of course, alternating proteins is based on what we have available to us and when you're new to raw feeding, the easiest proteins to get are chicken and beef. If you're having trouble finding more proteins, check the following resources:
- a local raw food co-op
- restaurant meat suppliers
- other raw feeders
Join us in Raw Feeders “Kicked Out” Club to learn more about raw feeding in a friendly environment. You will be asked three questions before your membership is approved. These questions are our attempt to weed out troublemakers or people who want to spam the group with sales posts.