Why dogs eat raw food diet? (Pt. 1 of 2)

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Raw dog food? Raw food diet?  I bet you have questions now.  "Really, Carol you may be thinking." And, and I say "yes, really raw food diet." I will be sharing more below.  To us, it is a lifestyle and the way Molly eats

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I only share here about dogs since I never owned a cat.

The questions…

What? Why? Expensive? Is it the best diet for my dog?  Any negative side to my pup eating this way? What would my vet say? Should I check with him? Why didn't he tell me about this? My dog can really eat meat that isn't cooked? Is it healthy?

The answers…

Raw foods is a way to feed your dog in its natural state without processing.

Why do it? Just like feeding ourselves a diet, the choice can be either healthy building or breaking down the body.  This is I decided on my choice of raw. 

The cost factor…I believe it is more expensive to care for a sick dog then keep one on the track to have great health and enjoy a quality life. 

"A great gift to a dog is feeding him well and keeping him healthy." ~ Carol Giambri

Negative?  I do believe today dogs need supplementation to avoid or help alleviate health challenges as mine had experienced out of my own ignorance even though she was raw.

Is your vet going to encourage you to feed your pup this way? I have owned dogs for over 40 years and not once has this been suggested.  "Why not?"  Maybe their training being drug and surgery focused? Doesn't this sound similar to the medical doctors training or at least for most?

Perhaps the dog food companies are heavily educating the vets through literature that this is best for the dog with all their nutrients being met.  Or maybe the manufacturers are pumping money into the vet schools and for both they think "win-win."  We will never know.

I am going to use myself here as as an example and be very transparent as the only way I know how to be anyway. Is that okay?

Has Molly gone raw? Gone nutty?

What is raw food?

When you think of raw meat we are talking uncooked — not hitting the heat.   

We know the pet industry is a billions of dollars business and people do want the best for their dog.  They listen to their vet as if "father knows best."  Are people different?  They see a doctor as an authority.   I could hear my mother's voice saying "whatever the doctor says Carol is right."  

However, if you are looking for ways to provide a healthy lifestyle to your pup, and leaving behind the concept from bag-to-dog feeding (eating) or "fast dog to mouth" let's continue talking.  Okay?

Did you know that being an educated consumer is a choice for two reasons as I see it:

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1. It's your dog's health

2. It's your pocketbook

Why do raw foods?

Just like there are different levels of vegetarians, I believe there can be different levels or extremes of feeding a dog raw foods. I'm a vegan and I don't believe if my dog was lost in the woods she would hunt for dandelions. Some will differ with me, but I am not here to argue with anyone's decision for their dog.

  It should be their choice without me judging that.  I won't go there.

It amazes me that the same diseases that people have dogs too have like:  heart disease, kidney failure, diabetes and obesity to name a few.  Why? Could some of them be attributable to their diet?


Think she will finish it up? 

Let's hear it from one holistic vet…

According to Dr. Karen Becker thin dogs like a Pointer or Boxer do best on a higher fat, raw food diet compared to obese dogs or those suffering from pancreatitis, benefit from lower fat food.

What about grains?

Just like some people have problems with grains so do pups.   Bowel issues, gas, itching, and poor digestion are just a few.  Now will you stop giving your dog this?

Natural dog gardening…

Did you know you can actually grow some vegetables in a garden for you and your dog. I am talking organic and vegetables such as lettuce, carrots and beets as starters. Forget the onions and garlic some say avoid.  How about some parsley? Cilantro?

Microwave feeding…

Living in a  microwave society we think fast is best.  If that is the case then a raw food diet, also known as BARF (Bones and Raw Food) is just that.  Research has shown that it is the ideal way and more nutritious then scooping dry or canned food out with little or any value.  Canned is better than dry so look for protein (meat), being the first ingredient on label, then veggies and fruits.  Adding supplements can further help balance the eating plan.  So forget the real microwave, save electricity and nutrient zapping.

What if…

You may be thinking right now, "this is not what I want, but I do want my dog to eat healthy."  Here's something to consider according to Dr. Becker: Since raw foods contain about 70 percent water, and the meat is in its natural state. canned is 70-80% water with processed meats. Canned would be your second choice but look for protein to be first on the canned label. 

My one mistake…

To be continued….there was so much "meat and potato" talk here I had to call it an end.  Part 2 of 2 will be next (keep reading on to see link).  At this point how about looking into what I shared but do come back and read part 2 before making a decision.  How does that sound? 

So what can I leave you with to chew on…

Read more about this area online or through books.  It may take a few weeks to wean the dog from the "regular" store bought food to the raw diet so have patience.  Don't feed table cooked dinners you are eating, but make this food fit for your "king or queen" puppy.  I have experienced saving medical bills. The dog doesn't have gas, poop doesn't stink and smaller. Just as we are talking here eating raw foods, I am also suggesting if your pooch gets sick, consider natural dog herbal remedies sold in health food stores and sometimes pet stores. The rest of the story is in the last part coming next.  Please wait.  It's worth it if I must say so putting myself in your place.  We'll be talking about natural dog herbal remedies too.

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Carol Giambri is a back-to-basics person, author, leader, and holistically oriented. Adopting dogs for over 40 years she has found each to be precious and never returned one. Carol is a health nut and converted her husband and dog to eat this way. She chooses to be positive and upbeat refusing to accept the words “impossible" or "can't.” Her dog’s Lupus recovery is a great example of not quitting even when she got gloom reports from three vet clinics.  As a result of her life experiences she is passionate about eating healthy, hunting for edible weeds, and teaching others to live a life fullfiled with dogs, eating well, and encouraging others who need an uplift through her voice. She leads a healthy eating group in her local community for years and called upon when health speakers travel to her area to promote them. Her programs and writings show people how living a simple healthy lifestyle with a dog is fun, easy and delicious without using chemicals. If you think this lifestyle is just about dogs living healthier she says it's also for people whether a dog owner or not.  Carol's vegan days began when her husband had a seizure over 35 years ago, believed he would be healed and was in six weeks. Are you ready for Carol to encourage you and your dog along your journey?

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Victoria Gazeley May 14, 2011 at 3:23 am

 I’ve always thought that a raw diet for pets just makes sense.  Wild dogs do not eat corn or wheat – they eat meat and grass.  Thanks for bringing this important topic to light, Carol.  Hopefully more people will understand that the cheapest dog food, like the cheapest people food, is definitely not the best option.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri May 14, 2011 at 3:45 am

Victoria, I agree with you about raw diet making more sense. My dog does mainly this.  I don’t know this is in part 2 coming soon.  Cheap is surely not always best.  

Annie B May 14, 2011 at 3:45 am

I know that people and animals have a somewhat different needs with food when discussing raw vs.cooked. But I do believe that animals like people need food as close as possible to it’s natural state. It’s just challenging financially to feed my “human” family that way, so even more so to do it with my “furry” family! Thanks Carol!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri May 14, 2011 at 4:09 am

Annie, thanks for sharing.  You are doing your best with your “furry” family and that counts too. Love surely helps tons too.  It does become price when I go in to Whole Foods and constantly see meat prices rise.

Solvita May 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for sharing Carol, it’s good to know what is the best for our ‘furry friends’! :)

Carol Rosenberg Giambri May 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thanks Solvita.  It’s best to feed the dog healthy and understand that.  Molly was 100% raw for many years but now mainly; however, supplementation now vs. none before….you saw that pretty girl.

Claudia May 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Raw food does make sense. I remember our dogs eat raw in Malaysia years ago and lived a really long life without vets.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri May 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

Claudia, my dog mainly eats raw foods and some cooked.  We do go to the vet only a few years a year for a wellness check up and alternative treatments. I’m sure at 12 in June it’s because of her eating habits and her activity.  Thanks for sharing.

Michele M Tremblay May 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

 Molly is one lucky dog!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri May 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Thanks Michele but I too am lucky to own her! What an honor. 

denny hagel May 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Well Carol, you have really opened my eyes to something that has completely alluded me for all of the years I have been a dog owner! And it makes perfect sense! Going to give raw a try! Got a feeling my 4 legged babies are going to thank you!! Great info!

OLga Hermans May 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

We had a dog when we lived on the prairies of Alberta; that was the only thing that we gave him, raw meat and raw veggies. Never thought about cooking somethig for him…any way.. it makes sense Carol that you write about it…

Carol Giambri May 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I bet your pocketbook from vet bills, if any, will make you happy too Denny. It’s really simple–Molly does a little cooked, but NO garlic or onions. She had to go to vet today as she looked zapped from energy. Almost immediately back home I’m seeing “return” of her energy” Now putting her back on joint support for elderly dogs; believing we will be back walking soon together with energy restoration. She barked loud few minutes back so I suppose that means her energy is coming back. Thanks for sharing. Here if I can help. Got topics you want to read more about please let me know. Thank you.

Carol Giambri July 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Organic is making lemon water. Yeah!

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