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Monday, July 6, 2015

Ruby Goes Primal, Week Two

We just finished week two of Ruby's transition to a freeze-dried raw diet. If you missed week one, catch up here. Ruby is now eating two Primal nuggets combined with 1/3 portion of her old kibble. Things continue to go smoothly and we have still had no stomach issues. In fact, we have already noticed considerable improvement in her intestinal tract - firm, healthy, less frequent stools (all benefits of a raw diet).


A couple readers asked about the risks of cross contamination with a raw diet. I definitely tend to be overly cautious when it comes to food preparation for both my furry and non-furry family. So far, I have found it very easy to keep the food contained during preparation. Ruby's bowls are all stainless steel, which is recommended by Primal and other raw food experts. I usually put the nuggets in her bowl, add water and mix directly over the kitchen sink. This allows for safe simple handling and clean up. Of course, I can only speak for freeze-dried raw, but so far preparation and clean up have been very manageable. As an added safety precaution, I usually rinse her bowls with hot soapy water immediately after she finishes eating. I also keep her food on the top shelf in our pantry away from other foods and out of reach of my daughter. 

Keep the questions and comments coming. Tune in next Monday for an update on week three!

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  1. Ruby is definitely looking very healthy and happy!

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  2. Look at that smile! We can sure tell that you're loving your new food, Ruby!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  3. We are thinking that Ruby is very much in favor of her new raw food diet - look at that great big happy smile!!!

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  4. I am happy to read this good report... she looks so pretty on her rock

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  5. You do look very well on that diet Ruby...gorgeous!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  6. People tend to forget that dogs pretty much have cast iron stomachs (just think about what dogs eat in the wild) - yes they can be sensitive to certain foods (because we humans try to feed them things that are not in their natural diet) but in general dogs easily fight off bacteria and germs.

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  7. Ruby looks so happy and healthy! :)

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  8. Ruby it surely looks like the food is making you extra happy...what a great smile
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  9. ruby looks really good and happy!!!
    stella rose

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  10. Hari OM
    All good, it seems!!! what a Happy Ruby... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  11. Ruby's raw diet seems to be doing her the world of good. Wish they had something similar in this country, I would be interested to try it and see the results.
    Dip and Elliot x

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  12. Great that it is working out so well cuz we know it is yummy!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  13. You are looking absolutely terrific sweet Ruby!

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  14. Sounds like it is going real well for Ruby
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  15. I'm glad to hear that it's going well! Personally, I'm a huge fan of raw for dogs. Here's hoping this series helps other owners to make the leap!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  16. Looking forward to seeing if things continue to go well.

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  17. Glad it's going so well for Ruby. I feed the cats some freeze-dried raw mixed with their canned food, and I never even thought about cross contamination with other foods.

    Island Cat Mom

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  18. Glad Ruby is reaping benefits already. TW actually picked up the bag to read the back and then quickly washed her hands. MOL! I may never get to try it.

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  19. Ruby, I'm glad to hear your tummy is better.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  20. I'm glad that the transition is going so smoothly! I'd worry about cross contamination too but it sounds like you've got it under control. We actually have a similar problem with our homecooked dog food. When we cook it, there is lots and lots of raw beef in our kitchen. We sterilize everything after that! But at least the beef is from a small organic ranch - less likely to be contaminated from what I understand.

    You're looking great, Ruby!

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  21. That's great that you're already seeing improvements. I'm wondering about mixing the raw with the kibble. I've heard conflicting information about that.

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  22. Ruby,, you are sooo adorable!!! And you look soo good.
    I am happy to hear that you love your new food!
    love
    tweedles

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  23. I am glad it is still going well. I think that as long as you follow basic hygiene protocols, then the risk of cross contamination is small. I must admit I did have a whoops moment when Muffy crept up behind me and stole hubbys gumshield after her dinner. It wasn't until he was putting it in later when I thought, Whoops I meant to pop that in miltons! Happily he is fine.

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  24. Looks like Ruby agrees with her new diet. You're looking so happy and pretty, too!


    Love,
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

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  25. you look great Ruby so whatever you are doing must be agreeing with you!

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  26. WTG Ruby, wee jus lovs a raw diet. Ziggy n Izzy gets chicken wings evry now n den an Zigster has a mahoosive raw meaty bone once in a while .

    Lovs
    Da K Krew
    XX X XX

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  27. Ruby I am glad you have taken to the raw diet so well. Why those stools seem oh so important to our peeps. They collect them in bags like treasures.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  28. What a great picture!
    Have a super Tuesday...

    Noodle and crew

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  29. Glad to hear that Ruby is enjoying her Primal food. My gang enjoys the Primal freeze-dried food as well. We have fed ground raw too, and have never had any troubles with contamination or anyone getting sick. Everyone ate raw for good year or so with no issues. Like you, I was extremely cautious about cleanup and rinsing the food dishes. We've been off the raw for a while because I got lazy... I really need to get back on it! :)

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  30. I have actually been looking a lot into raw diets for my huskies. I have fed things like chicken hearts to them so far to try and see if they would like it. Mika hated the hearts, but the other two seemed to love them!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  31. Ruby! You look so adorable and happy! We bet you love that new food :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  32. Ruby, you're looking great. We are so glad your new diet is working out so well!

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  33. Your new diet sounds super, Ruby! Parental Unit feeds me some freeze-dried raw and dehydrated raw too. I love it!

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  34. That is terrific that the raw food is doing so well. Yay for Ruby.

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  35. So glad to hear all is going well! We use stainless steel here, too (we're not raw) and they are the easiest to clean and keep bacteria free for sure. Just love the pic - so beautiful!

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  36. my cats have been on Primal foods for a couple of years now and we swear by it. The cats have thrived on it.

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