As I mentioned in last Monday's post, I have started transitioning Ruby to a raw diet. Thanks to Primal Pet Foods for generously sponsoring her food during this transition!
After much consideration and research, I made this decision based on Ruby's history as a rescue dog. We adopted Ruby at age six or seven. The first half of her life was rough and the odds are she didn’t have a perfect diet. It’s also clear that she’s had multiple litters of puppies and like most mama dogs, probably gave away everything she had to her babies. A nutritionally dense, raw diet seemed like a great option for her.
The raw diet is designed to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral, carnivorous instincts. As direct descendants of wolves, dogs are genetically not meant to consume high carbohydrate diets typical of many commercial dog foods. Raw diets have many benefits including improved digestion, fewer allergies, and healthy weight maintenance.
Even though I was sold on the benefits of switching Ruby to a raw diet, as a lifelong vegetarian I was a wee bit squeamish. The raw diet is based on the premise that it is natural for a wolf (or dog) to consume the entire animal – meat, bones, organs, and all. Again, great for her, but could I handle it?
I'm not sure what I expected or feared – maybe that the food would be more recognizable? But of course, it's not. The freeze-dried formula comes in rectangular nuggets and there’s no evidence of what it is or was. This probably sounds silly, but thought it was worth mentioning in case there are other vegetarians or squeamish folks considering making the switch.
So far, the transition has gone smoothly. She has not had any stomach issues that sometimes accompany change in food. The folks at Primal have been very helpful and in addition to the food have provided us with recommendations and guidance. I followed their advice and started with one half nugget rehydrated with water mixed with a serving of her old food. She did well with no adverse effects so after a few days I increased the ratio to 1.5 nuggets mixed with a half serving of her old food.
Most importantly, she enjoys the new food and cleans her bowl without hesitation. Thanks to Primal Pet Foods for providing us with the food and guidance to make this transition successfully. Tune in next Monday for an update on week two.
|Will Ruby find her inner wolf? Stay tuned!|