We would like to wish all our customers a Happy New Year and thank you for your patronage which we really appreciate. It makes me very happy that there are so many people out there who want to do the absolute best for their pets and feed a natural, species appropriate diet.
It has been on my mind for some months now to start a blog for our website. I did start one many moons ago on my dog’s website but it gradually became infected with unwanted adverts and links to dubious sites. I am hoping there are more security measures this time around because I remember it being very frustrating and I might add, distressing at the time.
It fascinates me how we came to this place of understanding that we can do better for our pets and have the courage to stand up to those who think they know best. When did we start to ignore the considered advice of our vets and mainstream dog food manufacturers and choose a raw diet for our dogs and cats? For me it was 12 years ago when two of my Rhodesian Ridgebacks suffered the life threatening condition of gastric torsion within a few months of one another. I knew this was an unnatural event and yet it was happening in my breed all over the world. What was the link? I had grown up around big dogs all of my life and had never, ever heard of this condition, never mind experienced it. The link was of course kibble. Disguised in all of that mumbo jumbo list of ingredients on the back of a bag of kibble, that seemingly lasts forever, is a diet that is very high in hidden carbohydrates and unnatural ingredients such as corn or pea flour. Who really believes our dogs have evolved to eat corn or any cereal for that matter? Do dogs really need a large amount of carbohydrates in their diet? When did we start to believe that each meal we offer our pets has to be "complete and fully balanced.”? Do we apply this mantra to ourselves? To our children? Of course we do not.
Our dogs have the anatomy and physiology to digest raw meat, organs and bones.
It was just over twelve years ago that I started to feed raw and within days I noticed a huge difference. I always assumed my dogs were healthy, I was after all brainwashed into thinking I was feeding them the best kibble on the market. It was complete and balanced.
Literally in days I noticed a vibrancy in their coat, even on my older dogs. Their poo was amazing lol (believe me when I say that when you own more than a couple of dogs, the nature and quality of their poo is extremely important) but most importantly to me, I knew my dogs absolutely loved their new diet. Back then, It was all a little haphazard as I didn't really understand what I was doing but the benefits were very clear to us all and that was, feeding real food makes a huge difference to the health and well being of our pets. Even though I made many mistakes back then, my older dogs reached really good ages for their breed and my Nena, who has only ever known raw was 12 in December.
Longevity isn't everything though. It is not the only priority we should be seeking for our animals. We want them to be healthy, vital, living life to their full potential and I have come to realize, sometimes, a healthy diet in the current climate we live in, is not enough. There are so many other factors that we have to consider and first among them is the issue of allergies in dogs.
As a breeder and the owner of a small raw dog food business, dealing with as many pet owners as we do, I have come to the realisation that over-vaccination and the harmful application of toxic chemicals to control ticks, worms and parasites is the biggest crisis we face when it comes to keeping our pets healthy. What we see today is an epidemic of chronically sick cats and dogs and it doesn’t have to be this way.
My next post will address the issue of vaccination or, to be more specific, over-vaccination. To be clear I am by no means an “anti vaxxer” but I think they should be used judiciously adhering to scientific principles. As responsible pet owners we all need to be aware of the health impact that vaccinations can have on our dogs and cats in the short and long term. My next post will discuss this important topic in greater detail and provide links and resources for further information!