Not too long ago, we had asked our followers through social media to submit any raw questions they had. Whether it be questions about the raw diet itself, Rawco, or personal questions – we were truly open to answering anything and everything. Without further ado, here are the answers to all your raw questions!
Questions & Answers
“I wanted to submit a question about food allergies. I like the idea of raw feeding because I would be able to choose exactly what goes into my dog’s meals but right now, he is on prescription allergy food and we aren’t sure what exactly (besides carrots) he is allergic to. He has some more “unusual” allergy symptoms along with the traditional watery, itchy eyes and ears. He gets a discharge from his penis, I have noticed it seems like he has less of these allergic reactions with the food switch, but coming in contact with grass bothers him.
Is it a dumb question to ask if grass fed beef would cause him allergies? And how can I make sure his allergies are kept in check on raw?”
Having a dog that is suffering from allergies can be extremely overwhelming for a fur parent. When working with a dog that has allergies it is best to approach the situation on a case by case basis. What works for one dog does not always work for another. The first thing I always recommend when working with a dog that has allergies is to take all carbohydrates out of the equation.
Dogs are carnivores and have a very hard time digesting carbs. Believe it or not, most allergies stem from carbs. The stress the body goes under to break down carbs affects the immune system, and when the immune system is affected, everything else goes haywire. Soothing allergies and getting the body back on track requires a species appropriate diet and supplementation to boost the immune system. I always like to set up individual consultations so I can advise on the best action plan for your pup.
“Is feeding raw mince from the supermarket good for a raw diet?”
I would not suggest feeding raw mince from the supermarket. Dogs require a complete and balanced diet that consists of meat, muscle meat, bone, organs and depending on your beliefs on feeding, fruits and veggies. If you are making your own diet at home, I recommend you to work with a nutritionist or vet that will help formulate the best recipe for your dogs specific needs. Connect with your supermarket butcher, local butchers, and local farmers to source your products.
“Where do you get your organ meat? I live in Virginia and we only have one commercial slaughter house and they won’t sell offal.”
I am not too familiar with sourcing meat and organ in the U.S. I would say it depends on your volume. If you are only feeding a couple of dogs, I would suggest calling your local butcher and working out an arrangement. Anything larger volume I would be unsure of whom to get in contact with.
“Can you ship outside of Canada?”
We are currently working on being able to ship outside of Canada. We anticipate an arrival into the U.S by mid 2017. We will keep you posted!
“What’s the truth about green tripe? Is it a ‘super’ food or not? Does it contain enzymes?”
Green Tripe is a “super” food when it comes to dogs. Green Tripe is the unaltered stomach of grazing animals. We typically get it from cows and sheep. These animals’ stomachs carry a whole whack of digestive enzymes, amino acids, and beneficial bacteria that help break down all the grass/grains they consume. When a dog consumes tripe they are receiving all those (literally) juicy benefits. Making tripe a natural source of digestive enzymes, probiotics, protein, vitamins and minerals.
We want to thank those who have submitted questions to us. For those who want to learn more about raw feeding and Rawco, please check out our website for more information! For those seeking out answers to personal questions regarding their dog’s health and diet, you can contact us here or via social media. Our goal is to educate and to help, so please do not hesitate!