After watching a documentary on the unregulated pet food industry on Netflix, Jeanne and I decided to finally take a big, scary step and start the journey of changing our dog’s food from dry pellets to a raw diet. Yes, raw. I mean meat, blood and all.
The Netflix documentary is called Pet Fooled – Truth about Pet Food and it’s an eye-opener for sure, so much so that I don’t know how or where to start this blog post. But I am going to try.
In a nutshell, we are paying an exorbitant amount of money for dry pet food that contains less of the really good stuff our pets need, and a lot of the bad stuff they could really, really do without.
Here is the description that can be found on Netflix:
“With commentary by two prominent veterinarians, this film looks at the unregulated pet food industry and its negative impact on animals’ health”.
And that already says quite a lot, in my opinion.
The pet food we are feeding out furbabies contain a lot of ingredients that our pets should not be consuming if we want them to be healthy and live a long life without any complications. Which we do, of course.
After watching the documentary, a shocked Jeanne and I decided to find out more about both the raw and cooked pet food diets, and scoured our local pet shops to find a food option we were most happy with – but not after we asked the ladies at the our local VetzShop 100 questions and I read up every single bit of information I could find of course.
After researching and finally making a decision, we chose to go with the raw diet and chose to buy the brand Doggobone because of all the amazing reviews and because Doggobone’s website told us everything we needed to know about the raw food diet and really put us at ease.
Doggobone’s website reads:
“Doggobone was created to provide our cats and dogs with a balanced and natural feeding system to ensure our four-legged companions, stay strong, healthy and beautiful”
There are so many benefits of changing your pet’s current diet to a raw diet, and these are some of the benefits according to Doggobone. (I have added a couple of my thoughts so far on the changes I have seen in our dogs, too):
- healthy skin and coat
- healthy teeth and breath – both Zeke and Bodhi’s breath has improved. Even though they are eating raw meat, their breath is a lot less smelly. I am hoping to see some improvement to their teeth, as they have quite a lot of build up from eating dry pellets.
- improved digestion – normally when I go outside to do my usual poo pick I am greeted with whoppers from Bodhi, however I have noticed since he has been on Doggobone his poop is a lot smaller.
- healthy lean body
- enhanced immune system
- increased energy and vitality – we can definitely seen a huge difference in both the boys’ energy levels. They are both very full of themselves (in a good way) and are always rearing to go.
According to Doggobone’s website, this is what is in their meals:
- Finely ground meat: Meat is an important aspect of a raw diet, although it cannot be the only component. Meat is a great source of protein and supplies varying amounts of fats, water, and some vitamins and minerals. Meat supplies with energy to the body
- Bones: The dog’s body is built to consume bones, it is necessary to include Bones in a raw diet. Bones are living tissue. Raw Bones contain a wide variety of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, natural antioxidants (enzymes and anti-aging factors), and fats (essential fatty acids). The bone marrow alone is a highly nutritious mix of blood forming elements, such as iron. Never give your dog cooked bones; it is not only unhealthy for a dog, but also dangerous.
- Organ meat: Organ meat includes the internal organ meats, which are vital for a healthy dog, although not required in large amounts. Offal is great for dogs during times of growth, reproduction, and stress. It mainly contains all the vitamins, probiotics, iron, zinc, phytonutrients and essential source of enzymes that are an integral part of a dog’s well-being.
- Vegetables and fruit: Dogs need some raw vegetables and fruit in their diet as they contain essential nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and are a excellent source of fibre as well as vitamin A and vitamin C. Vegetables and Fruit have proven to have anti-aging properties. It is not required in large amounts and is included basically to mimic the stomach content of the prey.
- Herbs, vitamins and minerals: Our nutritionist has prompted us to add important and natural ingredients to the diets. Although, these ingredients are included in small quantities we support the view that these ingredients are needed to form a more complete and nutritionally based product. Taking into account our environment has been robbed of its many natural minerals and the soil quality is not as it was years ago as well as with the constant damage being done through global warming and industrialisation. We feel that the addition of these ingredients have made our products even better.
How to switch your pet’s diet
We chose the ‘rapid switch‘ for our boys change, only because they have a strong immune system and they are healthy. However, there is the option to ‘slow switch‘ which takes longer but is the healthier and better way for pets who have a compromised immune system or are very sensitive to dramatic changes in diets.
In addition to all the amazing changes we have seen, the boys actually truly look forward to breakfast every morning, which is a new concept to both us and them.
On numerous occasions Zeke has turned up his nose to his pellets, and I think he was just tired of them and he was finding them harder to chew as he has gotten older. Now however he sits at the door and cries for his new food and can eat it with ease, while Bodhi gobbles it down without taking a breath.
My final thought is that we are so very happy that we made this important transition, and will be telling everyone who asks about the amazing effects it has had on our boys. There’s not going back…
What diet are your pets on? Have you tried to raw diet? If so, what has your experience been like? Let me know!