Once your pet is fully transitioned to our raw food, you'll see a transformation of fewer allergies, better weight, soft luxurious fur, firmer smaller odorless stools, cleaner teeth, healthier gums, a strengthened immune system and a frisky attitude......The overall flourishing health they deserve. And even better...they'll require much less food! Our raw food is so bioavailable that your pets body will easily absorb all the nutrients (and expel very little waste) therefore needing less food.
Bioavailability Explained Bioavailability refers to the amount of any nutrient that gets into systemic circulation so the body can use it. The vitamins and nutrients are readily absorbed and put to good use. Because it’s “just food,” and not synthetic vitamin supplements, their body knows what to do with it, and will need much less of it to be effective.
Impacted Anal Glands? Located just below the anus to the left and right. The purpose of these glands is to secrete a lubricating fluid into the anus allowing the excrement to expel easily and smoothly. All carnivores have anal glands. A raw meat diet produces stools that are firm and compact, unlike commercial pet food that produces soft and loose stools. The firmer stool from a raw diet presses against the anal glands, forcing the fluid from the glands into the anus, thus lubricating for a smooth exit. When your pet has a soft stool, the glands don’t get expressed. This causes the glands to overfill, clog and become impacted, infected and require a groomer or veterinarian to physically express the anal glands manually which costs you and your pet much discomfort (in different ways.) Now that your dog is on a completely raw diet this should not be a problem ever again.
Feeding Raw Bones
There are a couple reasons to feed your carnivores raw meaty bones. The most important is for healthy teeth and gums. Gnawing on certain types of raw meaty bones cleans their teeth naturally by rubbing off any plaque before it can adhere to the teeth and gums. If you check out a coyote or cougars teeth you'll see they are clean, strong and healthy. (We wouldn't advise it though) It's important that the bone fit the pet. When it comes to bones, size matters! Dogs and cats that want to gulp and swallow big bony pieces may be better candidates for poultry necks, thighs, and wings. Poultry bones are lighter, less dense, and can be easily digested even when swallowed whole. Cats do really well with chicken necks, wings and medium size chunks of dense muscle meat. A large or weight bearing bone will not have the same affect and should only be given to dogs for recreation and while being supervised.
The second reason for feeding bones is for the natural glucosamine and chondroitin to keep their joints in good health. Cartilage bones, knuckle bones, beef and bison trachea, tails and poultry feet are abundant with natural (bioavailable) glucosamine and can be fed as a treat or in a broth in place of using a synthetic supplement. Your pets body will recognize bones as real food and use the nutrients as such.
Rotate Prey Meat For a Naturally Balanced Diet
Feeding our pets by rotating the meat of several different animal species is an important part of healthy raw feeding and allows us to avoid using synthetic vitamins made in a lab in China or another foreign country. (which may not be absorbed anyway) This mimics a wild diet and assures your pet is getting a variety of nutrients found in different prey animals. Such as rabbit is very low in fat, high in calcium and phosphorus where chicken is higher in fat, potassium, vitamin B6 and so on. In the wild, smaller prey (young rodents, rabbits, birds, etc) are plentiful through spring-summer months and the larger prey (wild turkey, deer, elk, buffalo) are easier for carnivores to obtain in the cold and snowy months. Rotating may also prevent your pet from developing any sensitivities to a specific meat.
Some of our feasts include fermented raw goat milk whey. Another source of protein, probiotics and enzymes for a healthy boost to the digestive system. It can crowd out possible less desirable bacteria, as well as support your pets immune system.