March 5, 2017

Mac had Surgery

Mac had two lipomas removed on Monday February 27, 2017. He went in to remove one, but there was another growing near by. The lipomas were in his axilla (armpit) and if they continued to grow, they would start to cause issues with mobility.

Then my brilliant ten year old decided to rip his stitches. Now I get to clean and rewrap his wound everyday. 


The wound is healing and starting to fill in. I am using betadine spray to clean it and Yun Nan Baiyao (Chinese Herb mix) to keep infection out. I highly suggest looking into this herbal mix for wounds. It is amazing! But as you can see, everything is fine. the wound is too old to restitch. 


January 22, 2017

Let's Talk about Poop

Yes, this can be an odd post for many people, but it is necessary. To the left is a red meat poop. This can also be what an offal stool looks. Dark stools are very normal. Also, this is also what a normal stool for a 54lb Australian Shepherd. He poops about twice a day, that is all. Yes, on one end there is some high bone content stool, but this is for the most part a very normal stool. 

Yes, this can be an odd post for many people, but it is necessary. To the left is a red meat poop. This can also be what an offal stool looks. Dark stools are very normal. Also, this is also what a normal stool for a 54lb Australian Shepherd. He poops about twice a day, that is all. Yes, on one end there is some high bone content stool, but this is for the most part a very normal stool.To the right is a stool from a "complete" mince, which means it had muscle meat, organ meat and bone content. You can obviously see where those three contents show in this stool. 







This is a stool with too much bone. You can easily see how much lighter a crumbly it is. After a stool like this, I would add more muscle meat to the next meal. These kinds of stools are not bad for the dog. Just keep an eye on your dog's stools and adjust the next meals. These stools can also be much lighter in color and a grayish white.

I used to be obsessed with my dog's poops. After five years of feeding raw it has definitely changed. I have never seen stools cause a problem with my dogs. I have never had problems with constipation.

Yes, loose stools happen and yes, bone stools happen, but it is a big part of feeding raw. It is not worth freaking out over. If you are new to raw feeding, take everything in strides. I understand it is scary, but it is not. Everything will be ok.

January 15, 2017

Balance?


Veterinarians and big box pet food companies have instilled in our brains that our pets require a balanced diet "every meal." This is actually false. Very few animals actually eat what would be considered a "balanced" diet every meal. Humans are one of the species that do not. It does not effect the body as long as it receives the required nutrients within a reasonably allotted time period. This time period is usually a week.

Your animals do not require a balance diet in every meal they eat. Most animals eat balance over a period of time, usually a week or two. This is normal and completely acceptable. It is not normal for an animal to consume every single thing is needs in one meal unless it is consuming whole prey. But even whole prey are not “balanced.”

Feeding offal (organ meats) once or twice a week is very natural for your carnivore. This is similar to how they would eat in the wild. Many animals eat bone a few days a week and many eat bone daily, it depends on the animal. If your animal cannot handle offal in larger meals, break it down to portions in more meals, but this does not mean they require it every time they eat. Feeding bone is the same way, feed bone every other meal or every two meals if your animal can handle it. Always base how you feed on the animal individually. Just because one dog can handle bone every other day, your other one may not be able to.

Balance over time is very important and replicates the natural diet more. It also tends to make the feeding regime easier because you are not trying to get perfect portions of everything in one meal. Feeding over a period of a week also lowers the chances of vitamin overdoses from organ meats. This can be just as detrimental as deficiencies. 

January 1, 2017

Let's Talk about Fat

Fat is a vital macronutrient in a carnivore's diet. I am going to explain why and what type of fat a carnivore requires.

To begin, there are 3 types of fat:

    -   Saturated 
    -   Monounsaturated
    -   Polyunsaturated

In whole prey animals, these fats come from bone marrow, muscle meat and organ fat. Fat is necessary in carnivores because it produces energy. The correct types of fats also assist the animal in digesting various fat soluble vitamins. Fat also protects the nerves and cell membranes throughout the body. When given the proper amounts of fat, it has been found that the carnivore develop better brains, have better behavior, learn faster, develop more muscle and have better heart and eye health.

Fats need to be fresh for the best benefit. Rancid fats lower the quality and nutritional value of the food. Rancid fats can also cause liver & heart problems, macular degeneration, as well as cell damage, arthritis and in rare cases, death.

It is suggested that you rotate ruminant and poultry meats to balance the saturated and polyunsaturated fats. Most domesticated ruminants have too much saturated fat and not enough polyunsaturated fats. Poultry on the other hand has a lot of polyunsaturated fats and not enough saturated fats. 

The fat requirements in dogs vary depending on age and activity level. For a puppy, the percentage required is around 17% and should not be lower than 8%. For a pet weight adult dog the requirement is 9-15% and should not go below 5%. For an active performing dog, the suggested requirement is 20% and no lower than 8%. 

Fish oils and fresh fish are recommended to be added to your carnivore's diet because they have docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is an Omega-3 fat. DHA is essential for the brain and eyes and eicosapetaenoic acid (EPA), which is another essential Omega-3 fat. EPA has been found to lower depression and is an anti-inflammatory in mammals. 

December 30, 2016

What bones are safe?

Edible Bones
Edible bones are the bones of smaller animals such as poultry, rodents (think rabbits) and smaller ruminants such as deer, lambs and goats. They are soft, pliable and can be easily crushed in a meat grinder. These bones are vital for providing calcium, phosphorus and trace minerals which can be an essential part a raw food diet. It is advised that you watch your animal anytime they are consuming or working on bones. Your carnivore actually consumes these bones as part of their diet, they are not usually given for recreational chewing.
Edible Bone Examples:
  •             Chicken bones (all dogs/cats)
  •             Duck Bones (all dogs/cats)
  •             Turkey Bones (usually better for medium to large dogs)
  •             Venison/Deer bones (easier to consume by medium to large dogs)
  •             Rabbit (all dogs/cats)
  •             Cavy/Guinea Pig (all dogs/cats)
  •             Lamb (usually better for medium to large dogs)
  •            Goat (usually better for medium to large dogs)
  •             Pork (usually better for medium to large dogs)
What about recreational bones?
Recreational bones are used for chewing on and cleaning the teeth. They are commonly used to distract the dog for a while. Recreational bones are usually denser bones that cannot easily be crushes by the carnivore’s jaw. These bones can also potentially break teeth. It is advised that you watch your animal anytime they are consuming or working on bones.
Recreational Bone Examples:
  •             Beef knuckles
  •             Beef marrow bones
  •             Beef ribs
  •             Lamb head
  •             Goat head
  •             Pork hock
  •             Pork Head
  •             Deer leg
  •             Lamb neck
  •             Beef neck
  •             Pork neck