8.15.2013

Huck's Raw Food Diet

A few weeks ago, MaryEllen, the lady who watches Huck at daycare, asked about his diet and what we feed him. I told her the brand name of his kibble and was rather proud of Steven and I for doing our research and choosing such a high quality dog food. However, MaryEllen mentioned that she had recently noticed that Huck's gained a little weight, and there was no denying it, he definitely had, and she wondered if we ever considered switching him to a raw food diet.
To be honest, the thought never crossed my mind and I attributed Huckleberry's weight gain to the fact that he was approaching 2 years old and leaving the puppy stage behind for good.

And then MaryEllen said, "Feeding dogs the same food everyday would be like you having a bowl of Wheaties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday of your life. Not only would you be bored with your food, but you'd also be nutrient deficient."

Ouch! That really stuck with me, because for someone who is so cautious about what I put into my own body how could I not be concerned about what I was, or more accurately, was not, putting into Huckleberry's!

The very next day I went to my favorite local pet store and asked them to tell me a little about their raw food options. Although they carried many great options, I decided to go with Northwest Naturals. They are local, all natural, and had great reviews!
They also carry a lot of variety. We usually just opt for the beef, but they also have chicken, lamb, salmon, bison, and a few more!

So what are the benefits of feeding your dog raw food? Almost too many to list! But the most noticeable benefits are:
 - a shinier coat
 - cleaner teeth and better breath
 - healthy skin
 - healthier joints
   (especially important if you have a pure breed like Huck since they are prone to hip and joint issues!)
 - less stool (aka: less mess for you to pick up!)
 - optimal body weight

On the back of every package of food, you'll find feeding guidelines so that you know how much to give your dog based on his or her body weight.

Within the first week I could tell Huckleberry had lost a few pounds and was looking more like his lean, yet strong, self! And the reduced stool in the yard has been amazing! Since there are no filler ingredients in this food his body is actually able to use all of it, rather than having no need for it and eliminating the excess through waste.
And you know what the best part is? Huckleberry is excited about his food again! He is no longer disinterested and walks away and dinner time, but rather he gobbles it up like it's candy!

We soon discovered that we'd have to do supplemental feeding for Huckleberry due to the cost of raw food. (That stuff ain't cheap!) But I still feel like we are doing right by Huck and making the necessary changes so that he can maintain optimal health.

So no more Wheaties everyday for this fur baby! He is one gosh darn spoiled pup, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

8 comments:

Cara said...

I love how you actually get him to pose with his food. Bosley would be like a big blur and there would be food chunks flying around everywhere.

Callie {FirstComesLove} said...

He literally looks proud. Like that is his house and he prepared that food all himself.

We need to look into this. I think mixing it up is HUGE. We use a brand of food that we can mix up the protein source but mixing it up with raw food would be even better. Great post, Danielle!

Alexa said...

He is just such. a. stud. I can't even take it!
I absolutely love this idea of a raw food approach to pet food - the benefits are amazing! I'm interested in looking into it for Bug, but her stomach is SO super sensitive and she's prone to digestive issues, so now that we've finally found a food that works well for her, I'm a little scared to stray from it :( Time to go research!

Sarah said...

1. I love how he's posing, it's too freaking cute.

2. I'm so interested in this! We've talked about doing this with Floyd but I've always shied away from it, some from lack of knowledge but also the expense. Floyd is pretty sensitive to food so I wonder how he would react to this. Hmmmm, something to look into!

Sarah Alway said...

Oh my goodness, I've never stopped to think before how boring our pets diets must be! Glad Huck is getting back to his old self. :-)

Sarah @ Life As Always

A Life Less Traveled said...

Kavalier has gained a few pounds. A few people mentioned it at my husband's graduation party a few weeks ago and it made me feel like a bad mom. He eats Blue Buffalo now, but this looks like something worth looking into.

Naomi George said...

My Australian Shepherd has also gained a few pounds, so this was the perfect post to read today :)

♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

The Whitfields said...

Huck needs to be a dog model! He poses in every picture you take of him. That's interesting about the raw food. I buy Charlee the Blue Wilderness and I've often wondered about the raw food. THanks for the post friend! Congrats on your pregnancy as well. I'm just getting caught up on your blog!