*I actually wrote this post a while back but never got it published, so some of the info about me is a bit outdated :)*
So, for the past month and a half, I have been eating raw food. I am going to be on a raw diet for at least two months to see how I do on it and if it’s affordable for us, I might continue to be. So, why am I on a raw diet you ask? Well, for a lot of different reasons, but mainly because Jess wants me to live a long healthy life and the more she read about kibble, the less she wanted me eating it. Some dogs live good lives on kibble, but another reason why I switched to raw was that I have always had a hard time keeping my weight down on kibble and a raw diet was said to help with that.
My thoughts on this raw diet.
I love it! Every morning, Jess carries my bowl out the door for me to eat (I eat outside so I don’t get raw meat all over the carpet.) and until she puts my bowl down, I am right next to her jumping around or barking. Or, I will go to the place where I normally eat and excitedly wait for her to put my bowl down.
What do I get to eat?
Chicken necks, thighs, beef ribs, liver, heart, pork, a lot of different things! Sometimes I will get an egg for supper or some ready-made raw from Petco. I also have coconut oil and kelp added to some of my meals and Jess is also thinking of adding a vegetable mixture to them too!
How has a raw diet effected me?
Well, I can say it has definitely helped keep my weight down. Which is awesome! Even when exercising regularly on a kibble diet, I still had about a pound of extra weight that I just couldn’t lose.
I still have an overly weepy eye that I have had for a long while. We aren’t sure what causes it but were wondering if a different diet would help. So far, it hasn’t, but we’ll see. I do think it has gotten a little better and is less weepy now than before.
My coat is nice and shiny but I am shedding more than I used to. Earlier this year, I grew a longer, softer coat than I normally have and with that, came more shedding. I am just now starting to lose that longer coat and get my shorter one back. We’ll see how much I shed once I get my normal coat completely back.
My human’s thoughts on feeding me raw.
Well, she has days where she thinks about switching me back to kibble and days where she wants me to stay on raw. She just worries about me choking on the bones and providing me with the correct amount of vitamins and minerals since she doesn’t have a lot of different options of meats to provide me with right now. I say stick with it, I love it! But you know how humans are.
Did you know, a well-cared for grey wolf can live to be around 16 years old, some even older? A grey wolf would be the equivalent of a large sized dog based on their weight and the life expectancy for a large purebred dog is around 11 years. That is a five-year difference! I am not saying their longer life is strictly because they eat a raw diet, but I do think it plays a big part in it.