Learning About Raw Feeding
When I began my research into raw feeding for my dogs, I read books and connected with a few dog owners and holistic veterinarians online who were more than happy to help me on this path. It was great! The benefits of raw feeding were too great to ignore and Rodrigo's allergies, ear infections, and digestive issues were begging for something other than commercial dog food.
Then I joined a few raw feeding groups and that's when the love affair ended.
People were pushy, judgmental, angry, and I got kicked out of a few for sharing recipes that were deemed dangerous and asking questions that were against the rules. This experience shaped Keep the Tail Wagging.
I personally think raw feeding is the best option for all dogs. But when I climb down from my high horse, I must admit the reality: (1) raw isn't for every dog or every human, (2) I'm not a holistic veterinarian or nutritionist, and (3) I only know my dogs, I can't make judgment calls about other people's dogs. So I don't. I just share my experience, respectfully, and hope that my stories help others on their path to learning more about raw feeding and dog nutrition.
Kimberly Gauthier and Rodrigo
10 Random Facts About Kimberly Gauthier
- I love Marvel Comic, Star Wars, and other SciFi movies and television programs.
- I wanted to be a journalist when I was a kid.
- I once ran for three blocks to get away from a clown.
- Allergies sometimes conflict with my love of gardening.
- I believe in the Law of Attraction and Counting My Blessings.
- I always reading (or listening) to a book or podcast.
- I find it impossible to remember names.
- My favorite food is fried catfish.
- I have daily dance parties with my dogs.
- I believe that we can learn a lot by watching The Real Housewives.
We're currently raising four dogs; two sets of littermates. I know that many people believe that bringing home 2 puppies at once is a bad idea and you can find a lot of negative sentiment on raising littermates online. I believe it's only ill-advised when you're not prepared. Hiring an experienced and reputable positive based dog trainer is key. We've worked with amazing dog trainers and work with our dogs daily. The result is a pack of well-behaved (most of the time), fun (all of the time), happy and healthy dogs.
DIY Raw Feeding
To start, my dogs' raw food diet includes 80% muscle meat, 10% raw meaty bones, 5% liver, and 5% offal (organ meat). I also add fermented vegetables (kale, spinach, green beans, zucchini, etc,), raw eggs, goat's milk, and kefir. Our dogs started off with Darwin's Pet in 2013. I now source the bulk of my dogs' food from a local raw feeding co-op. Our dogs each have individual needs and learning what works for each dog inspires many blog posts. Read More
I believe that many of our dogs ailments can be resolved through diet and supplementation and with the guidance of several holistic veterinarians that I’ve connected with over the years, I have succeeded in clearing allergies, digestive issues, and joint pain through our dogs’ diet, which includes natural supplements like sardines, duck feet, beef trachea, goat's milk, fermented fish stock, golden paste, and other whole foods. Read More
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Should you feed your dog raw food? It's a growing trend. Some dog owners swear by raw food. Duke & Dan have a fun taste test and also talk to a dog mom who loves raw food, Kimberly Gauthier, the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging.
Author and blogger Kimberly Gauthier talks about the benefits of switching her pets to a raw food diet.