Whether you have never heard of it, curious or just introducing the raw food diet to your pet(s) then this page is for you. Raw food has been around for some time and though it is still gaining traction on popularity, make no mistake that raw food is not a ‘fad diet’ and is here to stay. The raw food diet has been shown to improve many pets quality of life as it is considered a ‘biologically appropriate’ alternative to many commercialized foods on the market today. What that means is raw food doesn’t have to be produced or manufactured in the way that kibbles or some cans do, it has wholesome ingredients added (bones, organs, with fruits and vegetables) and contains hormone & antibiotic free proteins. No heat is used in the process of making raw allowing the natural bacteria not to be ‘killed off’ like it would be in a kibble manufacturing scenario – now you may be thinking well it’s raw meat, that bacteria can’t be good, and that is a valid point but you have to keep in mind we are feeding animals that are evolutionary built to digest and process certain strains of bacteria including salmonella as their digestive tracts are much shorter and different from us two legged beings. Raw food has many benefits that you can see take place in your pet quite fast including – shinier & sleeker skin and coat, brighter and cleaner teeth, less and easier to clean fecal waste, plus sustained and healthy body weight/muscle mass. Click on some links below to see some common raw food FAQ’s, product suggestions for feeding raw, and a calculator to ensure you’re feeding the right amount of raw food.
Find some answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about a raw food diet. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us or come in to the store to talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members.
Yes! Wild ancestors of our now domestic dogs and cats ate a raw diet in the wild, and their body chemistry is designed to digest, assimilate and utilize all the nutrients of a raw diet. Because of this, they thrive on such a diet. Similarly, look at human diets. It is well known that eating fast food and junk food (equivalent to the lack of pet appropriate nutrition in many commercial foods) will contribute to many diseases such as heart disease, therefore shortening lifespan. Our ancestors did not have this fast food to clog their arteries – our bodies were not designed to eat this type of food (just like dogs and cats did not have processed, by-product filled food)! In contrast, it is proven that a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fibre will reduce heart disease, increasing lifespan.
The same goes for pet’s – a natural, raw diet is the most health promoting, readily absorbed food for pets. Healthy food DOES equal a healthy pet!
Actually, feeding raw does not take a lot of work and it is very easy! First of all, food for up to four days can be defrosted at the same time (stored in the fridge), so you don’t have to take food out of the freezer every day. Many products we carry do not need any mixing, it’s just thaw and serve the appropriate amount!
Yes, this is true! Because raw food is so easily digested, there is a lot less waste, therefore less stool. The stool is more compact, is odourless, and will disintegrate very quickly. Colour will vary, depending on the kind of meat consumed. Additionally, stools are harder which helps keep the anal glands properly cleaned.
Feeding a proper raw diet is not just raw meat. Raw diets for dogs and cats are made up of meat, bone, organ meats, vegetables, and supplements. All of these elements are needed in proper proportions to ensure your pet maintains their health. Additionally, most raw diets that Tail Blazers has are made from hormone and anti-biotic free meats, a bonus that is not found with standard grocery store meat.
Yes. The important thing is to not feed them both it in the same meal. Kibble can take up to 16 hours to digest, where raw is about 3 to 4 hours, so mixing them is not suggested. So if you choose to feed both, feed raw in the morning and kibble in the evening (or vice-versa), for example. This goes for both dogs and cats.
– Tooth Plaque is no longer a problem
– Healthier skin and shinier coat
– Improved weight control
– Improved health, energy and longevity
– Increased immunity
– Very little stool / Reduced urine burning your lawn
– Reduces breath & body odor