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Monday, August 17, 2015

Looking Good, Feeling Good


Ruby is now fully transitioned to a freeze-dried raw diet.  Although I feared this transition might take months, in reality it only took a few weeks. She made the transition smoothly and easily and had no incidents of intestinal distress that often results from food change.

The folks at Primal were very helpful and in addition to the food provided us with recommendations and guidance. I followed their advice and started with one half nugget 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. Within a few weeks, we eliminated the kibble all together and she now gets three nuggets in the morning and three in the evening. She seems very satisfied with this amount and is far less interested in snacking between meals.

As a side note, our cats seem very interested in Ruby’s new food. Ruby used to be kind of obsessed with cat food and would help herself any chance she could get. The tables have now turned – Ruby shows no interest in cat food, but the cats are fascinated with her new food. We are now beginning to transition the cats to Primal as well!


Ruby has definitely slimmed down and toned up since starting her new diet. Little dogs are prone to weight gain and all the diseases that result from it. We battled Pip’s weight for years and were determined not to make the same mistakes with Ruby. Like Pip, Ruby’s earlier years were rough and she probably didn’t have the best nutrition or care. By choosing a nutritionally dense, high quality diet for Ruby, we hope to make up for some of her early years of neglect.

Primal formulas are produced using human-grade ingredients and all poultry, meat and game are anti-biotic and steroid free without added hormones. All Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas contain fresh ground bone for calcium supplementation. Primal also incorporates certified organic produce, minerals, and unrefined vitamins for a complete and balanced diet. In other words, it’s good stuff inside and out.


Ruby’s coat has always been beautiful, but is even more so now. Her stools are regular, but less frequent, smaller and less stinky. I had read about positive changes in stool and can confirm that things do improve for the better on a raw diet. 

Most exciting is her increase in energy and new zest for life – maybe I am reaching here a bit, but she genuinely seems to feel better. We go for longer, more vigorous walks and she is more engaged in actively exploring her surroundings and just doing dog things.  She also seems to feel more comfortable around new people, dogs, and situations. While these changes may not be directly related to her diet change, I believe physical and emotional wellbeing are connected.  She has more energy and feels physically stronger and that is reflected in her emotional life as well.


We are grateful to Primal Pet Foods for providing us with the food and support during this transition.  We will absolutely be continuing Ruby on Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas long term.

Have specific questions about Ruby’s transition to freeze-dried raw diet? Please leave your questions in the comments and I will be happy to address them next week.
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41 comments

  1. Glad the new diet is working for Ruby!

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  2. We are so happy to hear how well Ruby is doing!!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  3. she looks happy with the new diet and it sounds good to me. it sounds like when i went on the Atkins diet, just a lot of meat, i was never hungry. meat seems to fill us up where grains do not. so happy she is doing well

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  4. OMD, that is wonderful how good Ruby is doing......I thinks it's funny that the pussy cats are jealous!! BOL!!

    ~Higgins

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  5. We're thrilled to hear about Ruby's success with Primal! She looks amazing!

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  6. That is so awesome for you and for Ruby. Here's hoping the transition goes as well for the cats. Mom wishes it would be a bit more economical for us to give Primal a try too.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  7. That is fabulous! I think I'm going to start transitioning my pack come the new year. :-)

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  8. It sounds like your new diet is a win-win, Ruby, and you sure do look happy!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  9. Hey Ruby!
    Wow, you definitely look gorgeous and oh so happy! Congrats on the new menu and I'm glad it's delish for you.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

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  10. She sure looks great! Glad to hear she is doing so well!

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  11. We're so glad to hear Ruby is doing so great on her new diet.

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  12. So great to see she is going so wonderfully on her new diet!

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  13. Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling good, Louis!! We gotta try that Primal diet.

    -Ruby and Otto

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  14. Ruby, we can see that food is making you feel soooo good! And its making your toofies sparkle too!
    love
    tweedles

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  15. That is so pawsome how going raw has helped Ruby.

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  16. You are looking GREAT!!

    Ziggy Out!!

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  17. So glad it has worked out...mum is intrigued by your new diet, Ruby!

    Edgar and his mum

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  18. This is great news! Ruby looks wonderful, too.

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  19. Ruby looks wonderful! So happy that the transition has worked well for you all. I hope the transition works just as easily for the cats!

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  20. That is fantastic. We don't have anything like that available here in South Africa.
    Wally & Sammy

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  21. I am happy the diet is suiting Ruby well. She sure looks happy too! Muffy is fed a frozen raw complete so maybe freeze dried will be a good holiday option. I have also found her weight is more stable on raw.

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  22. That are a lot of good things what happened, right Ruby? I think it's absolutely worth a try, if we feel better we can act better :o)

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  23. Hari OM
    WTG Ruby!!! You are certainly looking well-pleased with yourself &*> Aren't you the lucky puppy, landing on all fours at your peeps' place.... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  24. Primal is a great food! I am so glad Ruby is fully transitioned now...she is looking more beautiful than ever!
    Oz

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  25. That is great that she is doing so well on her new diet!!

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  26. ruby....did we miss....which flavorz yur fav o rite !!! ♥♥♥

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  27. Aw that is such wonderful news!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  28. I'm so glad it's working well for her!

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  29. I'm so glad it's working well for her!

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  30. Ruby it sounds like you are one happy dog inside and out. Why you're no long fighting a war inside your gut so your head is happy!
    You are what you eat the say.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  31. Yay! We do like Primal but we ADORE Stella & Chewy's freeze dried raw. YUMOLA!

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  32. That's really interesting that Ruby is more engaged. Shiver is so anxious about everything and always has been. I wonder if this might help him? He could definitely stand to lose a few pounds. Chico feels heavy when you pick him up, but he's only 5 pounds -- he's all solid. I'll have to consider switching both chi's to something like this if I can ever find a job.

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  33. She looks so good! You can see the sparkle in her eyes!

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  34. I'm so glad that Ruby is so happy! :)

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  35. We're so glad that Ruby's doing so well on Primal. She looks fantastic!

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  36. Those are such a perfect timing shot!!!

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  37. We are so glad to hear that Ruby is doing well!
    Have a great Thursday...

    Noodle and crew

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  38. This was a very informative and interesting post for those of us who love our dogs and want to do the best for them. I had to laugh when you mentioned the increase in Ruby's energy because I don't think I can take any more energy from Faith. I swear she has Jack Russel terrier in her DNA. She can jump over 5 feet from a stand still, straight up, and runs, and runs, all over the land. Anyhow, I will go to their web site and check it out.

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  39. Glad to hear new diet works so well! Paws up!
    Momo & Pinot xo

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