Neeko was about a year old, and Bruce 1.5 years old when I first made the transition to a raw diet for them. Faolan was about nine months old when I adopted him.
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My initial raw feeding resolution many years ago came about because of a variety of reasons. I wanted to offer my dogs the best life possible. Neeko had chronic GI issues as a puppy and young dog, unrelieved by the most expensive and desired kibbles. Bruce had bald ears and was gangly. I took the plunge, and switched my dogs to a mostly homemade raw diet, and haven't looked back or had regrets since.
Everyone, and every dog has different experiences with raw feeding. The changes I initially witnessed astounded me. Neeko, who regularly had unexplained diarrhea and couldn't keep weight, developed a healthy, iron gut, able to tolerate any food offered to her. Bruce's ears filled with fur, and he put on some needed muscle. Faolan's thin, stiff, poor coat became soft, thick, and lustrous.
|Neeko has bright eyes, a lovely coat, and a solid, healthy gut.|
The things I witness every day keep me feeding raw. My dogs are all healthy weights, with good, balanced energy. They don't stink. They don't shed as much. Faolan and Bruce haven't had baths in over four years. My dogs each see the vet exactly once a year, for a wellness visit. No illnesses or unexpected vet visits. Their teeth are clean and their breath doesn't have a smell at all.
|Clean teeth, no doggy breath, and well-furred ears.|
I feed a mostly homemade raw diet, but I love the convenience and ease of Stella & Chewy's freeze dried raw. It makes the perfect breakfast for my crew, who are fed twice daily. They are complete/balanced meals, so I don't have to worry about my meat/bone/organ ratios being correct when I feed them. Plus my dogs love the taste, and I love being able to offer them variety in their diet.
I have recently made the resolution to incorporate more raw into my cats' diets. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require meat protein in order to survive. My cats are picky beasts, but are loving their Stella & Chewy's.
I always encourage others to feed raw, even as a supplement to a kibble-based diet.
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