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!