This month we are discussing the delicate topic of Digestion.
In order for any food to provide value and nurishment it has to first be eaten and then digested.
A pretty simple concept.
Every once in a while I hear about a customer that has tried to convert their dog onto the raw meat philosophy only to find that their dog won’t eat the diet.
This happened yesterday when a lady from Vermont called me and said she has a 7 year old white German Shepherd dog that has refused to eat the patties.
“She has been fasted for two days and still won’t eat them she explained. She said that she has tried everything in her power to get the dog to eat the patties.
She wanted Missy to make the conversion because she has severe allergies and severe skin conditions with open sores. The vet has prescribed expensive steroids to control the symptoms and she fears that they will be harmful for her for long term use.
Resisting a conversion to raw, happens only a small amount of the time and it is puzzling to know why some dogs can’t get enough and others won’t even try to make the changeover to raw.
After observing all of my dogs and the voracious appetites they have had for the raw meat diet I have to question why other dogs resist the change.
In addition, I am the one in this company that personally contacts each NEW customer to find out how the conversion to raw was accomplished. This gives me first hand knowledge about any concerns, questions, or comments that they have in making the conversion.
I would estimate that more than 95% of the dogs make the transition without any problems. The vast majority are able to be converted with a fast conversion process and have little to no side effects in the process such as diarrhea or vomiting.
The few cases where the immune system has been compromised or there are other digestive issues to deal with then we have to initiate a slower conversion process and add supplementation to properly regulate the intestinal flora.
Then there are the very few dogs that absolutely resist the temptation to change.
Over the years, I have developed a few «tricks» that help to wet the appetite.
Here they are, so in case you have a dog that is hard to convert you can try these last minute «tricks» to make the conversion:
- It is against my philosophy, but slightly heat the patty enough to change the temperature of the diet. This is an initial feeding practice and each time you prepare a meal you must reduce the «nuke» time until you are again feeding the patties unheated. This is a texture issue and many times this will work.
- I also suggest a 1 day fast before trying to convert. This prepares the digestive system for the conversion and also gives the body time to repair and eliminate (detoxify) the damaging toxins created from the heat processed diets. The absence of food also creates a greater desire for food.
- It sometimes helps to add a little luke warm water to the mixture and make a slurry out of the meal. This again is a texture problem that may be needed to accept the diet.
- In addition to adding warm water it sometimes helps to add a little powdered garlic to the patty.
- Our E-BARF COAT supplement is a dynamite palability enhancer as well as being a good source of Omegas (fish oils). My dog would eat the bottle in order to get at this oil. It is a very handy ingredient to add if you have a fussy eater.
There are reasons why this happens and I can only relate it to the scenario that we would have with our school age children if we decided to feed them only sugar coated cereals and candy.
They would resist being fed vegetables and hold out for the sugar coated meals but we all know the result of this process.
There are reasons why the general population of humans and 40% of our dog population is considered obese.
There are reasons why we have the veterinary offices filled with diabetic cases.
The heat processed food contains very large concentrations of soluable carbohydrates. The daily consumption of this high level of carbohydrates and the ingestion of very palatable flavoring agents causes the dog to enjoy his «other» food more because he is used to that taste.
We all need to learn to make proper choices however, and begin to eat and fuel the engine on what it is best designed to function on.
The importance of proper digestion and getting the best utilization from the food are critical choices that we must make for our companion animals.
Remember – in most cases they don’t have a choice of what food they get to eat. That makes our role for their continued good health our responsibility.
We believe that the “BARF DIET” offers the very best advantage for proper digestion and utilization of nutrients.
It is worth the effort to diligently make that conversion to a natural raw diet.