Raw Food: best for your Dog’s Health.

Via Jim Adams
on Mar 17, 2011
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From Jim Adams, founder of Redbud’s Raw Dog Food.

Raw Food for Your Dog’s Health

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Note: elephant editor is receiving a supply of local, raw Redbud’s, free, in order to test his dog Redford’s health and energy levels for a review on elephantjournal.com. The below article is via Redbud’s founder, Jim Adams. It is not advertorial: no payment has been exchanged. ~ ed.

One of my friends told me that her West Highland Terrier, Wilson, had a ton of allergies.

The itching had become so bad that Wilson had chewed virtually all the hair off his own hindquarters. After trying a number of vet-recommended medications and seeing no change, she switched Wilson to a raw diet.

The itching stopped. The hair grew back. And a healthy Wilson now eats only raw.

I hear raw food success stories like this frequently. Dogs are designed to eat raw meat, bone, and organ meat. Dogs on a raw diet will enjoy a number of health benefits over time: a stronger immune system, greater energy and vitality, a shinier coat and brighter eyes, better breath and whiter teeth, fewer visits to the vet, and small, tidy, easy-to-pickup poop!

Yet, we feed our dogs virtually the same thing we feed cattle to fatten them up before slaughter—grains.

Emerging research suggests that this grain based, over processed dry dog food is at the root of many common dog diseases.

The idea of fresh and raw foods for dogs is not new. However, “dog food” as we know it—the ubiquitous, commercially processed, endlessly marketed stuff—is new.

Once dogs were fed table scraps, raw meat, dairy products, meaty bones, and eggs. Commercial dog food production began in the United States post World War II. Slaughterhouse meat waste, not approved for human consumption, and waste products from grain mills, were blended together for pet food. These cheap ingredients assured dog food makers of high profits. But has this formula, which has changed little over the years, assured our dogs of great health? One out of two dogs now get cancer. Obese dogs are the norm. Allergies are rampant.

“I have seen many health issues (in dogs) resolved simply by changing to a more appropriate diet,” said Dr. Judy Jasek, a Denver-based holistic vet.

An older dog that wouldn’t navigate the steps now bounds up them after a month on a raw diet. A 15 year old, noticeably slowing miniature schnauzer acts like a puppy after switching to a raw diet and lives two more good quality years. Another schnauzer, who once hid when it was time for a walk, now joyfully races for the leash—and his dish of raw food.

Several brands of packaged raw dog foods are available at most pet stores now. Some dog food manufacturers substitute creative marketing for quality ingredients so it’s important to look at the labels. Look for brands that have quality ingredients like antibiotic and hormone free meats and some source of calcium such as ground bone or whole eggs.

Photo: MShades

Switching to Raw Food

Transitioning your dog to a raw diet from dry kibble is easy, but requires a little patience. It’s important to ease your dog into it. Raw food is much richer than dry food and it will take your dog time to adjust.

Start by replacing about 1/8 of your dog’s food with raw food. Gradually increase the amount of raw food while removing the dry food until you’ve made the switch completely to raw food over a week or two. If your dog has been on dry food for a long time, then the switch make take longer. For younger dogs it’s generally faster. But, all dogs should be receptive to raw meat. If they aren’t initially, warm the raw food on the stove briefly to release the aroma.

You will know the switch to raw was successful when your dog’s poop is small and firm and you will also see other positive changes in your best friend’s health.

Healthy nutrition is the foundation for every pet’s well being. Not every condition can be cured with a raw diet, but most conditions can be aided with this natural approach.


About Jim Adams

Jim Adams is the founder of Denver-based Qrunch Foods, which make organic, non-GMO and gluten-free foods. He is also the founder of Redbud’s Raw Premium Dog Food. He formerly headed up marketing for Chipotle Mexican Grill. He is a registered yoga teacher and studied at the Shambhava School of Yoga at the Konalani Ashram in Hawaii. Qrunch Burgers are available at Whole Foods and several hundred other retailers across the country. For more information check out his website. Catch up with Jim on Facebook and Twitter.


7 Responses to “Raw Food: best for your Dog’s Health.”

  1. Jim Adams says:

    Redbud's is made from Colorado naturally raised beef including ground beef, beef hearts, and beef liver, cage-free eggs (from Longmont), organic broccoli, organic carrots, organic apples, organic greens, organic blueberries, and organic oranges. It's made in a USDA-inspected facility in Denver. Glad Redford is loving it! And nicely done on the transition period. It pays to be patient.

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  3. […] Get your dog on a raw meat diet. The hierarchy of dog food is fresh raw, then dehydrated raw, then cooked dog food usinghuman grade ingredients, then canned, and dry is at the bottom of the barrel. The process of making dry dog food destroys most of the nutritional value. For more about raw food go here. […]

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  5. Thanks for bringing awareness to raw. I switched my pug to raw a month after adopting her and 6 years later (she’s now about 12) she is doing great! I have never fed her prepackaged raw but she does great on chicken, beef, and veggies. I was worried to switch her over based on the negative reaction some vets have to it but I tried it and based my decision to keep her on it by her fantastic health. She truly loves her food, has an amazing coat and always gets compliments from vets on her tooth health. Just the other day someone said it must be working because if you look at a picture of what a pug is supposed to look like, it looks like my girl. 🙂 I encourage anyone out there to try it and ask advice and support. Could be the best decision you ever make for your pet.

  6. Wava Zima says:

    Sometimes I contemplate if folks truly take time to write something original, or are they only just dishing out words to fill a site. This certainly doesn’t fit that mold. Thank you for taking the time to write with awareness. Once In A While I look at a page and question whether they even proofread it.Fantastic work with this article.