Welcome to Ask Me Anything. A platform for you to ask us any questions you may have about raw food and feeding. If we cannot answer your question we will do our best to find someone who can! We will also introduce topics of our own that we know will be of interest to anyone exploring a more natural, holistic way of raising their dogs and cats.
The most frequent question we are asked is how we came to feed our own dogs raw food.
You will probably already know that we own and breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Around 8 years ago, in a short space of time, two of our Rhodesian Ridgebacks nearly died of gastric torsion "bloat". It was a truly frightening experience which they were lucky to survive. If I had not been at home to witness the sudden onset of bloat it would be a very different story.
It was important to me to understand why this had happened and what I could or should do to minimise the risk of it happening again. The more I read on the subject, the more it became clear that there was a direct connection between the increase of gastric torsion in large chested dogs and the feeding of kibble.
The article below by Dr Bruce Syme BVSc(Hons) provides a detailed description of the changes that take place in the stomach of a kibble fed dog.
What started as a preventative measure to protect our dogs from Bloat became a journey of discovery of the benefits that accrue from raw feeding. Our dogs live to old age (compared to the average for such a large breed) and they almost never visit the vet. They do not smell. People who visit us marvel that we can have 8 or more adult Ridgebacks in the house with us and there is no "doggy" smell. They almost never need baths. They have shiny coats and white, clean teeth. They are not overweight (the only exception to this is when one of them manages to "break into" the room where we keep their food and helps themselves. A very Ridgeback thing to do!). They always look vibrant and healthy and they don't moult as much either. Not to get too graphic but even their "pooh" is so much less offensive than it used to be and there is much less of it.
I could go on to describe the health benefits we have seen but let me finish this post by simply saying that our dogs love their food with a passion that they never showed with kibble.