Review: Redbud’s Raw Dog Food.

Via on Mar 22, 2011

I’m receiving Redbud’s free for a trial period so that I can review this on elephant. That fact does not change whether or not I like it, or should I say, whether my dog (Redford, a hound/lab mutt) likes it. ~ ed.

Okay, I’m through the first period of reviewing Redbud’s Raw Dog Food with my doggie Redford. Most dogs eat dry food, with a little wet mixed in at most. Redford eats two meals a day (a little dry in the morning, a bigger dry/wet meal around 6pm). I get the best stuff I can, at my local independent Farfel’s Farm. Though the dry food is not organic, and certainly not local, it does have all kinds of healthy stuff in it, is free from unhealthy animal byproducts (crappy scraps left over from meat production) and is antibiotic and grain-free. Then, I give Red a little wet food, and it’s easier to get free-range (bison) or organic (I usually buy Evanger’s). I also give him his share of veggie food, as dogs are omnivores and need plenty of healthy greens in the mix.

But now, reviewing Redbud’s, I’ve been transitioning Redford to 100% wet, 100% raw, local, organic meaty meals. I keep them in a freezer, then defrost a bag at a time, and give Redford a “puck” or two for breakfast, and two or three for dinner, and have been mixing in less and less of the dry. You can’t transition too quickly or dogs will have digestion problems, and throw up all over your bedroom floor.

1. Redford loooves this stuff. It’s basically raw meat, from a great local source, with some other real food goodness mixed it. I am vegetarian, so it’s interesting to serve such raw meaty fare up, but the dry stuff I was giving him had meat or fish in it, too, so there you go.

2. Redford always has a ton of energy, and is cheerful, and social, so it’s hard to tell if he’s better in any way. He’s in his prime, in great shape, very active. I can say that, as Jim the founder of Redbud’s told me would happen, Redford’s doggie doodoo is smaller and firm, meaning he’s digesting more of his food and not bloated and wasting, rejecting food he’s eating.

That’s all I’ve got to report, so far. It’s a little gross to serve, as a vegetarian, but if you eat meat you’ll be tempted to steal some of it and put it on the grill. It’s that real, local, good, healthy. The transition from dry processed stuff to this was easy. At this point, my only question would be price—if I can afford to continue long-term, I’m in. I’m a convert. This is the real deal and will likely add years of active life to my dog…and yours.

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For more info, including directions and health info and price, click here.

Redbud’s Facebook Page (with photo of Redford on my porch).

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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7 Responses to “Review: Redbud’s Raw Dog Food.”

  1. Jim Adams says:

    Hi Lindsey,

    The idea that dry dog food is good for your teeth is a longstanding (absurd) myth, promoted largely by dry dog food makers. That's like saying potato chips will keep your teeth clean! Kibble promotes bacterial growth in the mouth, since dry food contains carbohydrates that break down into sugars.

    Raw meat has live enzymes that will actually whiten and clean your dog's teeth. And a raw diet will help freshen your dog's breath. In addition to feeding my dogs a raw diet, I provide a small raw beef bone every couple of weeks for them to chew on. It's great for their jaws and teeth and the calcium is good for their bones and teeth. Raw chicken necks are also good, crunchy things for your dog to chew.

    Dogs need regular dental attention and you should have your dog's teeth cleaned regularly, as your vet advises. Try to find a vet who will clean your dog's teeth without putting them under.

    Jim Adams
    Founder – Redbud's Raw Dog Food

  2. Debi says:

    Dogs do fine with vegetables if they are ground up well or juiced. I use it as a slurry on my raw prey diet I combine myself for my dogs. However, dogs really are mainly carnivores and if loose, they will comb the fields for small animals to eat, they won't be snagging the corn on stalks. They can digest veggies fine if they are juiced and added to the raw diet. For teeth, dogs should be getting raw meaty bones several times a week. This will help scrape off the calculus. There is no benefit to dry food helping teeth–it is indeed a myth. Regular dentals with the vet, plus brushing your dog's teeth daily and feeding a raw diet with meaty bones added will help insure your dog's all over health and good dentition. If I could add a picture, I'd take one of my elder dogs with excellent teeth and no cacululus/tartar on them. I do a routine dental for anything below the gingival margins once a year, just to keep everything checked and make sure there are no cracked teeth, etc.

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  6. paulaking says:

    I havent tried this one yet, but I will. My dog and i are both Paleo. Best Paleo Cookbook

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