Today’s episode is all about raw diet, following the process of research to implementing, including the pros and cons.
The first part is from my conversation with Cassidy, the dogmom of Honey @hiking.with.honey. She talks about how she started with freeze dried raw and made the switch to a DIY raw diet. Specifically, she mentions her source in Colorado Springs for fresh animal products from Primitive Choice @primitivechoice. For air dried raw treats and chews, as well as raw diet education, she recommended Real Dog Box @realdogbox.
In the second conversation, Gillian, the dogmom to Mally and Apollo @blackdogsadventuring, talks about how she started with raw toppers to their meals. After seeing improvements in their energy, both dogs now eat a full raw diet with very specific percentages of main ingredients. Besides sourcing ingredients from a local butcher in Oregon, she and her husband get plenty of fresh meats from hunting and fishing. She mentioned @mister_mogul as a friend and source for learning about raw diet.
The third conversation is with Dr. Angie Zinkus, co-medical director at Germantown Parkway Animal Hospital @germantownparkwayah, in Cordova, Tennessee. Dr. Zinkus gives her professional opinion of raw diet and raw treats. With more than 20 years of experience, beginning as a veterinary technician and becoming a surgical veterinary doctor, she has seen it all, including the rise of raw diet in pets.
Below are some helpful links to sources I used in my research for this episode, including the latest information on canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) from the FDA.
FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
What Dog Owners Need to Know About the FDA’s Grain-Free Diet Alert, American Kennel Club
Raw Dog Food and Salmonella Risks, Whole Dog Journal
Overview of Salmonellosis, Merck Veterinarian Manual
Most recently, the CDC has released this alert about a Salmonella outbreak in the last couple of days:
Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant SalmonellaInfections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats, CDC.gov