Raw Food Diet for Your Dogs
24 June, 2014
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Guest Blog by Kimberly Gauthier

We switched our dogs to raw food in April 2013 after being encouraged by other raw feeders and doing a few months of research.  But I still wasn’t prepared for feeding raw outside of ordering pre-made raw.

But raw feeding isn’t just about ordering pre-made (premixed and ground) raw meals.  There are a whole host of supplements and vitamins that address various health issues with our dogs that my “research” didn’t touch.

Today, I’m not an expert, but I do have a great system and “menu” for our dogs which includes pre-made raw, supplements, vitamins, and other ingredients that are specialized for each of our active dogs.  I was able to do this by taking advantage of these 5 resources.

 Amazon.com

 There are loads of books about raw feeding that I love and I’ve created a few lists for my blog.  I prefer to search Amazon.com, because they have so many books that can be downloaded to the Kindle at a great price.  I check the reviews first, because I’m looking for books that are easy to follow.   There is a lot to learn with raw feeding and I don’t want to end up more confused after reading one person’s take on the diet.

Holistic Veterinarians and Nutritionists

I’ve found that holistic veterinarians are more open to raw feeding and take the time to educate themselves about the raw diet, natural supplements and other alternative ways to promote improved health in our dogs.

One of our dogs had a partial cruciate tear and our traditional veterinarian recommended surgery.  Our holistic veterinarian suggested laser therapy and our nutritionist suggested natural supplements that worked.  Sydney has recovered.  Not all dogs are this lucky, but we think that we caught it early enough to approach her injury through nutrition.

Dog Health and Dog Owner Blogs

I write the blog Keep the Tail Wagging and this year I’ve changed my focus to raising dogs naturally, because I truly believe that this is the best course for our 4 dogs and I want to share what we’re learning with others.  I’m not the only one and I follow My Rotten Dogs and two large dog nutrition and health websites; you can find my favorites here:

 Your Veterinarian

 Our veterinarian surprised us this year when we came out as raw feeders.  She wasn’t a fan, but after examining each of our dogs, she announced that they were all healthy and gave us some tips.  Even if your veterinarian isn’t on board with raw feeding, what’s most important is that you can have an open discussion about all topics.  If you have a “my way or the highway” type of vet, find a new one.

 Raw Feeding Communities and Groups

 I have found many groups to be very intimidating.  I respect strong opinions, but think it’s important to have an open mind, because there are so many things to consider when feeding raw and what works for me may not work for you.

 So I created a group that truly has no drama; it’s growing fast and everyone is just there to share about dog food and nutrition.

These are the resources that I believe pet owners new to or interested in raw feeding should check out.  What’s nice is if you don’t have all 5 in your arsenal, at least you’ll have 4!  And please join us over on Raw Dog Food Chat and let us know if you have any questions.  It’s a no pressure environment of dog lovers. I’m not an expert, but I do have a great system and “menu” for our dogs which includes pre-made raw, supplements, vitamins, and other ingredients that are specialized for each of our active dogs.  I was able to do this by taking advantage of these 5 resources.

 Author’s Bio: Kimberly Gauthier is the Fur Mom to 4 dogs and founder of Keep the Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers. By sharing her experience as a dog mom to 4 pups, Kimberly hopes to help others make better choices for their dogs too. When she’s not laughing with her boyfriend or playing with her dogs, she can be found writing, taking pictures, reading, or watching movies.

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