It was love at first sight when we adopted Gracie from Free Korean Dogs rescue. She was spared the cooking pot in South Korea, where millions of dogs are brutally killed in the dog meat trade each year. Many of these rescue dogs come with a history of trauma.
Learning English commands; how to walk on a leash, house rules, as well as acclimating to the new sights, sounds, people and animals in her new surroundings was going to be a challenge. Knowing Gracie didn’t have the best start in life, it became my main objective to ensure our family could support her both physically and emotionally with her transition into her new life in Canada.
Anxiety and stress play such an important part in not only our own lives but also in our pet’s lives. It is no wonder that high anxiety and stressful situations may sometimes result in physical medical issues. This is one of the reasons why we chose to feed her a raw diet. The importance of proper nutrition for our canines by feeding a biologically appropriate raw diet will reduce unnecessary stress on the digestive and immune system and result in a happier and healthier dog.
* Coat Condition – Raw dog food is high in fresh protein and fresh fat which work together to fuel a luxurious coat. Up to 40% of the protein a dog eats goes into their skin and coat. Her coat went from dry and flat to soft, fluffy and shiny.
* Dental Hygiene – Raw dog food and bones improve dental hygiene and reduces bad breath. Sugars in dry dog food fuel bacteria growth leading to poor dental health. Dogs require raw meaty bones to clean their teeth which reduce plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Chewing on raw meaty bones provides great exercise for the jaw, neck, forearms and shoulders. This kind of exercise is especially beneficial for growing puppies. I noticed that this was an excellent stress reliever for Gracie, and it is important to note that her teeth are now sparkling white.
* Relief From Skin Irritation – With the improved nutrition she was receiving, her constant itching reduced significantly. Many brands of kibble are filled with grains, fillers, dyes, and preservatives. Switching to a biologically appropriate diet such as raw created an immediate change in her body.
* Less Waste – Raw meat, bones, and pureed veggies and fruit are digested more completely than cooked grains and meat which means less waste. Raw fed pets have very small poops that are chalky in texture, and when left out in the sun for a couple of days generally turn to dust. As someone who works with dogs, I can attest to this as a very welcome benefit considering the excessive amount of waste produced from pets that are fed kibble.
A typical meal for Gracie consists of the following:
– Protein (rotated every few days may include beef, chicken, duck, turkey, salmon, rabbit or lamb)
– Frozen organic blueberries
– 1 cube of bone broth
– Pumpkin puree
– Mixed greens (broccoli, spinach, kale)
– Frozen chicken foot for teeth cleaning
– Raw goats milk
– Kefir (grass fed)
– Hemp oil
– Trimineral boost
– Herring oil
I am so pleased with the overall health benefits of feeding raw and believe whole heartedly that this diet has made a huge impact on her overall health and happiness. Thank you Free Korean Dogs for giving our family the opportunity to share a space in our hearts with the most special little soul. We are forever grateful.
Written by Christine Groulx