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Gracie goes raw with Raw Paws Pet Food

I have been hearing wonderful things about feeding your dogs a raw diet, so I decided to try it out with Gracie. Luckily, Raw Paws, who I met last year at Bark World, contacted me about doing a review of their products and complimentary raw feeding consultations. I knew very little about where to start with raw feeding, so I found the consultation to be extremely useful.

So why go raw? There are many benefits of feeding your dog or cat a raw diet, from a prolonged lifespan to healthier teeth and an improved immune system. Raw Paws talks about these benefits and more on their websiteDSC_0014 (3)

Before my consultation with Raw Paws, I had no idea how much or what to feed Gracie when it came to raw food. I knew that she didn’t eat as much as what dog food bags suggest for her weight, so I wasn’t sure if the same would be true for raw food. I also knew that a raw diet has to be carefully balanced in order for it to be beneficial. Raw Paw’s raw specialist helped me to determine how much to feed Gracie (1 pound of raw a day or 8 oz per meal) and what products I should start her off with. Since Gracie has already been exposed to a variety of different proteins, as well as freeze dried raw food toppers, the raw specialist suggested their complete ground beef, complete ground lamb, and beef tripe patties. The beef came in a 5 pound package, the lamb came in five 1 pound packages, and the tripe came as 4 oz patties. I was very pleased with the selection that the specialist helped me pick out. I was much more confident in my ability to feed Gracie a raw diet after talking with the raw specialist.

Raw Paw’s frozen products arrived at my house in a package with dry ice to help keep them frozen. It is important to move the products to the freezer as soon as you can rather than letting them sit out. To start, I put the 5 pound beef package in the refrigerator until partially thawed. It is much easier to cut partially thawed meat than it is to cut frozen meat! Since Gracie eats 1 pound a day, I divided it into five sections. I put the sections into individual bags and placed four of the sections back into the freezer, with one section remaining in the refrigerator to be fed the next morning. I loved that both the beef and lamb were complete meals, meaning they already have the correct balance of meat, organ, and bone. Many raw feeders like to portion their own meat, organ, and bone. However, I feel the complete meals are a good place to start if you are new to raw feeding or if you are just wanting the convenience of having it already done for you.DSC_0007 (2)

Gracie has really enjoyed eating raw the past few weeks. I have never seen her enjoy a food or even a treat as much as she enjoys eating her raw food. She gets so excited when she sees me bringing her bowl out with raw food in it. She even licks her bowl clean, which never happened with plain kibble! However, if your dog does leave raw food in their bowl, the raw specialist advised me not to let it sit out for more than 30 minutes. Luckily, Gracie did not have any issues with runny stool, itchy skin, or any typical issues that may arise when switching foods. She is currently in the process of switching to her thicker winter coat. I’ve noticed her fur is very soft and fluffy and dirt seems to be clinging to it less than it was before. I had also been concerned about Gracie’s dental health and maintaining her healthy teeth. I have noticed her teeth do seem cleaner on the raw diet than before. I hope to continue to see the benefits of a raw diet in Gracie’s health.

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Raw Paws has a large variety of products to choose from. They have both complete meals and individual meat, bones, and organs. You can buy in bulk or just buy a few pounds. You can also buy freeze dried food and raw treats and chews. If you are like me and have no idea what to buy, get a free consultation and meal plan with one of Raw Paw’s raw specialists.

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, and Echo

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42 thoughts on “Gracie goes raw with Raw Paws Pet Food

  1. Very interesting! I’m glad you were able to have a consultation so you were informed about the process, amount, and other items that you might not have even known to ask. Do you need to subsidize raw with vitamins or supplements in any way?

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    1. Great question! If you are feeding raw correctly, you do not need to add anything else to the diet. Raw must have the correct balance of meat, bone and organ. If it does, then it includes all the nutrients that a dog or cat needs. However, if you do not include bone and organ in with the meat then their diet would be extremely lacking. I feed Gracie a complete grind that includes the correct balance of all three. Some people also like to feed it as whole bone and organ, rather than grinding it up with the meat.

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  2. I’ve experimented with adding raw to my dogs’ diets but with three in the house (2 at 75 lbs and 1 at 50 lbs), I’m terrified of being able to afford going 100% raw. Do you think adding raw has enough health benefits to make it worth it or is an all or nothing kind of thing?

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  3. Have been thinking of switching Kilo to more raw. He loves all food and seems incredibly hardy and healthy, has a very soft shiny coat with no itching and does get freeze dried raw boosts, but more raw might help him stay slim long term.

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  4. Yeah for Gracie and to you for trying raw food – yes indeed, keep it up if possible and you will see more amazing results (shiny fur, white teeth, rejuvenated energy, strong muscles) – and just like your sweet pups, our dogs eat raw daily and can barely wait for me to put their food bowls down on the floor, signaling them to eat! They gobble up their food in about a minute (at the most)! Wonderful review and it’s good to meet a fellow raw-fooder!

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  5. Both of the Kol’s Notes dogs are raw fed and I definitely feel like it makes a huge difference in their health – and they are SO SOFT. Even my pug/beagle cross which tend to have coarse wiry hair. They are both in much much better shape, since their raw diet has very very little carbs in it. I’m glad it’s working so well with Gracie – I hope it helps with her seizures too!

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  6. Honestly…raw food is amazing! My girl, Hope, was diagnosed with EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) when she was 2. It is supposed to be an incurable disease where the pancreas loses the ability to process the proteins and fats she needs to survive and she was supposed to be on meds for the rest of her life. I started her on raw about 2 months after starting medicinal treatments and was able to slowly wean her off of the meds! I had another company feeding her but I totally agree with raw being the way to go and it having some excellent benefits. So cool!

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  7. I’ve been feeding my dogs raw for about seven years and I’ve been really happy with their coats, teeth, digestion (unless I give too much organ meat at once!!!), rate of puppy growth, and overall health. I stopped a few months ago for (reasons) but hope to start up again soon. Have noticed that the Fluffy Dog is now itchier than he was when on raw. I’ve never used the pre-mixed raw, although it strikes me as EXTREMELY convenient. Have always sourced meat from local hunters, kijiji ads, and so forth. Good for you for making this transition, and I hope it continues well! So glad to the bowl is getting licked clean. 🙂 Are you feeding it to Echo as well?

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    1. Great question! I am only feeding Gracie raw at this time. Gracie eats less and thus costs less feed. I switched Gracie first because I felt that Gracie would benefit more from the raw diet due to her seizure disorder (epilepsy) and other health concerns. I would like to eventually switch Echo too though!

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      1. I started feeding raw because my oldest dog at the time had cancer which had metastasized. She was having trouble keeping any food in (both ends). Once we started feeding raw, she stabilized for a while and has another pretty decent year of life. Here’s hoping Gracie also sees some excellent health benefits from this diet! Please make sure your friends and relatives know they should be giving you their “freezer-burned” meat (non-spiced) instead of tossing it. Supplementing the bought&balanced stuff you’re feeding her with a bit of free meat will help your budget!

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