raw dog foodWe hear a lot of questions about RAW at Town ‘N’ Country. Here are the most frequently asked:

I can’t imagine feeding raw meat to my precious baby! What’s it like? I know the mention of “raw meat” has the potential to create frightening, disgusting images, but I want you to know that the consistency of the frozen meat is much more appealing than any canned food I’ve ever seen. For a moment, close your eyes and imagine the smell of canned food just after you’ve opened it. Can I get an “Ewwwww!” here? I always tell the owners to simply allow their pet to try a small sample. The proof continues to be in trying it! When pets taste a bite or two, the usual result is a very happy owner and a pet who has one more reason to love those folks at Town ‘N’ Country.

Is some RAW better than none? Absolutely! Think about it this way: you feed your pet a dry kibble as the majority of their diet. The nutritional value of this diet can range from the equivalent of a bologna sandwich to a prime rib depending on the diet’s quality. Every time you feed your pet RAW, it’s the equivalent of offering just the right mix of fresh fruit, veggies, and premium steak all at once. RAW offers a punch of healthy digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals and nutrients in one perfectly balanced delicious form. If I continue with this analogy, eating a healthy spinach salad would benefit someone who has been eating a diet of mostly fast food.

My dog is healthy and doing great on his current diet. Should I switch? I understand your concern for switching diets haphazardly, but I always encourage our clients to occasionally rotate varieties (even if its only between dry kibbles). Doing so provides variety, helps meet any nutritional needs they might need and can help prevent development of allergies. I would strongly encourage a trial of RAW at some point though. My own dog has been on a premium kibble diet for years, and I thought there was no chance I’d see a difference in her. But here we are, 3 months into complete RAW and she has more muscle mass, cleaner teeth, more energy and a shinier coat (which I didn’t think was possible). I’ve had many clients who’ve had similar experiences.

I only mention this fact about RAW because it seems to really excite owners when I discuss it. RAW will help prevent dental disease and obesity. As a vet, I can tell you that these two things are hot topics discussed daily between clients and vets at Town ‘N’ Country. I won’t bore you with all the gory details, but the bottom line is this:

1) Remove the carbohydrates from your pet’s diets and decrease his waistline.

2) Remove the sugars from your pet’s diet and prevent her plaque and tartar accumulation which lead to dental disease.

Certainly I’m not telling you that your instantly skinny Schnauzer will never require another tooth brushing or Oravet application, but I can guarantee that your skinnier Schnauzer will need it a lot less.

Basically, Instinct’s RAW comes down to a piece of the puzzle when it comes to providing the very best you can for your dog or cat. We believe it can make huge differences for many of our patients, and we’ve seen it make huge differences in our own pets. Just ask Krystin (one of our nurses) about Nikki next time you’re in. We understand it’s not for everyone, but there are free samples this month so even if you don’t think it’s for you, what have you got to lose? (Except your pet’s extra weight?)

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