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Monday, June 22, 2015

Ruby Goes Primal


Just a quick note to let you know that Ruby will be starting to transition to a freeze-dried, raw diet today. Thanks to Primal Pet Foods who have offered to sponsor her food during the transition in exchange for us documenting and blogging about her experience.

As most of you know, I am big supporter of animal rescue and adoption - especially adoption of older and special needs dogs and cats. Both Pip and Ruby were older when we adopted them - Pip 4-5 and Ruby 6-8. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that both probably didn't have the best nutrition in the years before rescue. Over the years Pip developed many health issues that I believe were connected to his early years. 

After much research, I had planned to switch Ruby to a raw diet but wanted to give her some to adjust to life in our home first. While at BlogPaws, I met the wonderful folks from Primal and told them about Ruby's rough start in life and they immediately offered to help transition her to a raw diet. In addition to her food, they have offered lots of advice and guidance for a successful transition. 

Primal Pet Foods are committed to elevating the health of pets through the highest quality foods. BARF (Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) is a diet for animals based on raw meaty bones, muscle meat, organs and raw, fresh fruits and vegetables. This diet mimics the eating habits of animals in their natural habitat in the wild. 

Stats: Ruby is starting her raw journey at 17 pounds with some itchy, dry skin issues. We will be monitoring her weight (which ideally will come down a bit) and health weekly. Please tune in next Monday for a wrap up of her first week on raw!

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42 comments

  1. Hello Ruby - hope you like those nuggets! Not sure about sardine and turkey together, personally, but I'm sure it's very suited to a doggy palate!

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  2. I so agree with you as far as good nutrition in their early years. I have found that so true with all the feral cats here. It will be interesting to see how Ruby does on the raw. I know I couldn't afford to put all these cats on raw.. Looking forward to how you do Ruby.

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  3. We can't wait to hear how you like your new raw meals, Ruby!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  4. Mmm, they look delish. Enjoy, Ruby!

    sumskersandearlskers13.blogspot.com

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  5. RUBY DARLING!! WTG! YOU ARE SUCH A LUCKY GIRL AND I KNOW YOU WILL DO WELL ON YOU NEW DIET AND I HOPE IT CURES THE ITCHING TOO.
    HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

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  6. Oh I will be very interested in seeing how Ruby does. I know quite a few folks who have Epi-dogs (canine epileptics) like my Gibson and switching to raw has had just amazing results!

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  7. I hear those raw meals are pretty yummy sweet Ruby!

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  8. Sounds like a great company and a good plan. We will interested to follow along with the transition. Rescues rock!

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  9. I will be interested to see how it goes and if Ruby enjoys it. Muffin came to us with poor coat, bald patches and a bit greasy and smelly. Initially she was fed cold pressed food and did very well on it. For variety, she has nutriment raw complete now and is loving it. She seems much calmer these days although that might be maturity. I don't know anyone who has tried the freeze dried. Hope it suits Ruby.

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  10. Well this will be interesting to follow. Oz is on this type of diet and I tried to get Sweet William on the diet because I do believe it to be a healthier more natural way but sadly Sweet William who has never had an aggressive bone in his body seemed to get protective of his bowl. I could always pet him and take the bowl away from him while he was still eating but when I went to the raw diet he would put his ears down when I would take the bowl ~ hence we went back to the food he was on. Why you ask would I take something from him when he is eating, well it is part of the program he had to go through to work with kids.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  11. Mr. N used to eat Primal. He liked it. Hope Ruby does well on it!

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  12. Good luck on your new diet Ruby. We are sure you will do great.

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  13. Dommy's been on raw for a few years.. it has done wonders to his old coat. His poo is beautiful and well formed and he does not need to strain to poo. Mostly it has been good for him. He's 13 now.
    I give them raw minced chicken.. i get it from my chicken wholesaler who has the machine to minced everything including bones.. a dash of coconut oil.. a teaspoon of tumeric.. raw egg.. this is what they have been on lately. Sometimes they have chicken backs and necks too. Most importantly... poo's great.

    Hope the BARF diet will help Ruby heal inside out. Virgin coconut oil in her food is very good too. Good luck.

    Love from Dommy... Chachi.. Lori Brown and Giant. (we are at 4 + 1 dog now) and Mr P :) no more time to blog.. LOL!

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  14. Good luck, Ruby! While we don't eat all raw, we do eat some freeze-dried raw food mixed in with our grain free canned food. We like Primal freeze-dried raw.

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  15. Best of luck with the food change! I look forward to hearing the progress!

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  16. Oooo, turkey & sardine. I bet she's going to love that! Hopefully it helps with the itchies!

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  17. That looks like some good stuff!! We can't wait to see how Ruby does!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  18. Hari OM
    Brilliant! I had Jade on the raw food pretty much from puppy hood - in fact, she only really went onto manufactured product towards the end of her life, as it was softer on her mouth, but she did really well. Good luck with the transition darling Ruby!!! HUgs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  19. My boys tried a similar product and seemed to really like it. We didn't stick with it because I'm lazy and didn't want to mix it up daily. Yes, I'm a bad mom.

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  20. We went to grain free stuff when Daisy started itching. We a lot of raw foods, so we're sure Ruby will love it.

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  21. That sounds interesting, I would love to hear more about the results...I hope Ruby likes her new food and I can't wait to see what you think about your new food :o)
    easy

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  22. I wish you good health on your new diet, and will be waiting to see how you adjust, thank you to Primal for assisting you. I did not even know this type food is available. thanks for the update. All 5 of our dogs in our 30 years of marriage have been rescues that were desperate. 2 were badly abused, Baby at 10 months and Jake at 4 months, Cooper was 7 when we rescued him. Max was our first and was from a litter of puppies from a sick 10 year old pit bull and all 11 pups were dying. we saved 5 and kept 1 and he lived for 16 years

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  23. We sometimes feed this product to Tuvok. He really likes it. I rotated this and kibble
    retro rover

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  24. Yum, yum, sounds pawfect to me
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  25. I've heard nothing but great things associated with Primal. Looking forward to following this transition with you.

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  26. Good luck! We can't wait to read more about this journey. We hear all good things about it.
    XOXO

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  27. RUBY.... we hope that you LIKE the New Raw Diet.... and that it helps with your Skin and stuffs.... We can't wait to hear MORE about it... Do you like the TASTE???

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  28. we have our paws crossed that you will see an over all improvement in her

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  29. We have nevers heard of this either, mom has been trying to get us off of our dog food that we eat, cos it tends to upset gussie's tummy but no matter what she tries we only want to eat that kind of dog food....it will be interesting reading to see how she does, and if her itchies go away....we sure hope it works, we know all about yucky food in those bad places.....stella rose

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  30. I am so picky. Mom slowly changes my food now and then
    Lily (& Edward)

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  31. That will be an interesting experiment. Looking forward to seeing how she does on it.
    Dip and Elliot x

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  32. Awesome! I'll be super curious to hear how she does during the transition. She deserves the best!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  33. YAY! I am getting your blog again!

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  34. My mom has been thinking about going on raw with me for awhile...but never really gets past the thinking of it stage. She says she's going to pay close attention to your transition to see how it goes!

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  35. Mom is thinking that might be the way to go with me too cause I am so picky and with all my allergies.

    xoxo, Matt

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  36. Sweet! We just started feeding our pups a raw diet using dehydrated veggies ("base mix") and are adding our own protein to it! It's pretty amazing what an ancestral diet can do health wise! I'll be following along on your journey!

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  37. I'm considering a raw diet for my herd. I can't wait to hear about Ruby's transition. :-)

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  38. Best of luck to Ruby. Nutrition does make all the difference in the world. TW is scared of raw cos she’s afraid of getting bacteria all over the kitchen.

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  39. Ruby,,, your going to have some good foods to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love
    tweedles

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  40. They turkey sardine formula is my favorite flavor of Primal! It's definitely unique.

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  41. They turkey sardine formula is my favorite flavor of Primal! It's definitely unique.

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