Here are ROAR we are obviously huge advocates of a raw, species appropriate diet. If you look at the biological make up of a dog or cat, from their teeth to their digestive system, they are designed to eat raw meat and bones. Indeed, commercial pet food and ‘kibble’ has only been widely available (and widely marketed!) for the last 50 or 60 years but in this time big brand advertising has managed to convince many people that their pets should be eating dry, processed biscuits rather than fresh, natural food.
Our raw journey started several years ago when we adopted Ru and Oz, our first boxers. They came to us at 18 months old and very lanky – bordering on boney – but we put this down to that awkward ‘teenage’ growing phase and stress from moving homes. However, as the months went by and they didn’t regain any weight and continued to have digestive troubles and bouts of skin irritation we started to look into their diet. We tried several different kibbles – ‘hypoallergenic’, grain free, even Chappie – to no avail before a friend recommended raw. Having researched thoroughly we took the plunge and made the switch and have never looked back! Within six weeks Oz had gained 4kg and Ru 2kg, their skin and coats were gleaming with no more red ‘yeasty’ paws and best of all they were LOVING their mealtimes. When 6 month old Ripley arrived as a foster case to us in April 2014 and threw up the most disgusting looking kibble within hours we decided to switch her immediately as well (I think we already knew she wouldn’t be going anywhere!), she took to it like a duck to water and has never had another kibble meal either.
Benefits of feeding raw
A raw diet isn’t just great for dogs and cats who have skin or health troubles – even one who seems to be surviving fine on commercial kibble can begin to thrive on a natural, healthy diet. We all know that fresh, unprocessed food is much better for us so why should our pets be any different? Here are just some of the positive changes a balanced raw diet can bring:
- Improved general condition and a strong immune system – generally less vets visits
- Improved breath and oral health – bones are nature’s toothbrushes!
- Super shiny coat with less ‘doggy’ smell
- Less hyperactivity – no additives means no E numbers and a calmer, more content dog
- Smaller stools that smell less – that’s a benefit for everyone, really!
- Greater enjoyment of food and more mental stimulation – getting their teeth around a good meaty bone is a wonderful workout, both mentally and physically, and chewing also releases calming chemicals for a chilled out, happy dog.