Biologically Appropriate Raw Diet for Dogs

Browsing Archive: June, 2013

"Knick Knack Paddywack"

Posted by anita novosel on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Myths 
Give the dog a bone! Even as far back as "Old McDonald" ( and farther back) it has been advised and intended!  Not only are bones an ESSENTIAL part of your dogs diet, they are very beneficial in various ways. A dog's health depends on a diet rich in raw bone. It supplies our dogs with the primary nutrients, calcium and phosphorus. Many people are apprehensive about the myth of a threat bones may pose. It's just that, a myth. As long as NO cooking is involved, bones are not only safe, but requ...
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" Pack Your Bags, We're Going On A Guilt Trip"

Posted by anita novosel on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : Logistics 
Puppy dog eyes. That "look".---We have all seen them and felt them....Dog guilt trips. I mean really, It's bad enough when we have to leave for work and they lay it on thick, but how about when we get out the suitcases?! Oh yeah. GUILT! I'm talking about a different 'trip', tho. VACATION!!! Oh yeah! We all love vacations and that is a very common question I get- 'How can we feed raw while traveling?'.

Traveling with your dogs and feeding raw may seem like an intimidating task but it's not at ...
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"My Contact Link Is Now Working!! So Sorry!"

Posted by anita novosel on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Contact Me 
I promise I can help you with your canine nutrition questions, BUT, I definitely can't help with computer issues! YIKES!  Ok, so as of last night I became aware that while I have been receiving contact emails, my responses where being sent to cyberspace and gone forever! The problem is fixed and I just ask anyone needing to contact me, please include your preferred method of reply:email/phone/text. I am super flexible but the majority of the emails I received didn't have a way to re-contact. ...
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"Friends With Benefits"

Posted by anita novosel on Sunday, June 16, 2013, In : Diet 
Hah!--Now that I have your attention, of course I'm referring man's best "friend" and the "benefits" of a natural raw diet, not only for our family pets but the working dog world! There are many correlations between a raw (biologically appropriate) diet and the performance, health and longevity of the working dog. Feeding raw benefits impact their drives(prey,civil,ball,hunt, retrieve,scenting, play); weight management; strength, health and longevity.

Drives ~ A healthy diet of raw meaty bo...

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"Skinny On Your Pooch's Ponch"

Posted by anita novosel on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Diet 
Canine obesity. It's sad to say that out of 77.5 million dogs in the United States 35 million are overweight,while almost 7 million are clinically obese. There really, truly, is no excuse for these statistics to be so astronomical. We, as owners, are purchasing their food and feeding them. 

Processed fats and carbohydrates in commercial dog food can cause the deterioration of the digestive systems of our dogs. These elements get caught up in the villi, tiny finger-like projections that line t...
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"Say Whaaaaat?!?!?!?!?"

Posted by anita novosel on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Myths 
Bloodthirsty!! "I'm afraid my dog will try to eat me in my sleep once he has tasted raw meat."

Believe it or not I have heard this statement, or a similar belief SEVERAL times. Let's just clear this up now.

First of all, CALM DOWN! LOL. Feeding a raw diet to your pet does not determine his/her temperament. This statement might imply it is natural for a dog to desire eating humans while they sleep?! ABSOLUTELY not.  Although this is a slightly humorous myth that goes along with raw feeding, let...
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"Kibble Shmibble"

Posted by anita novosel on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Logistics 
"How could feeding raw be as easy as feeding kibble?? It's just SO easy to fill the bowl with dry and walk away.
How much time is involved, amount of money and how much effort on the humans part is involved?"

I just got this question this evening but I can't tell you how many times before I have heard similar statements. Good questions, tho. We all lead busy lives and it seems the amount of money we spend goes up by the day. Here's the break down:

"How could feeding raw be as easy as feeding k...

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"You Are What You Eat"

Posted by anita novosel on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Diet 
Think about it~ So, maybe we don't turn into a chicken after we have chicken for dinner, just like we don't turn into a cupcake after we eat one, BUT-- if you take a minute to consider what chicken consists of compared to that cupcake, you will see where I'm coming from.

When we eat what is biologically appropriate for our systems our systems thrive. When we eat things we aren't naturally meant to ingest our bodies fail us. Same goes for our dogs, even tho we don't share in the same "appropri...
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"Seriously, The Smell Alone Is Enough To Gag A Maggot!"

Posted by anita novosel on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : Diet 
Commercial dog food....Seriously, the smell alone is enough to gag a maggot! It's also really nasty that the poor animals fed these pellets start to take on that stench. Far more importantly, tho, are all of the other factors contributing to the deterioration of our dogs' health. Disgustingly enough, these factors are the same ones causing the nasty smell and ill effects. Are you ready for this???

Rendering plant. This is the manufacturing plant. Thousands of feet and heads; whole dead carcass...
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"But I Have A Small Dog"

Posted by anita novosel on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Diet 
If I had a nickel for every time I heard this I'd be a millionaire!  A dog is a dog. They have the same dental set up and same digestive systems as big dogs- just smaller. Now, that being said, I would personally feed different sized bones for a small dog compared to a large dog simply for practical reasons. For example, my German Shepherds eat all forms of bones ranging from chicken necks to turkey backs and everything in between. If you have a small dog I'd stick with the smaller bones for ...
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"Poop.That Sh** Don't Stink"

Posted by anita novosel on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : Diet 
Twenty years ago I would not have believed I'd be blogging about poop on a Friday night! Oh well, it's a legitimate concern and I might as well get it over with. Let's face it, one of the ONLY drawbacks to being a dog owner is poop patrol. The specifics would be frequency, quantity/consistency, and stench. Yuuuuck. There is good news, tho, for those of you contemplating switching to a raw diet.

Frequency- Plain and simple. A raw fed dog is getting more nutrients they require so they have FAR ...
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"I Have Never Seen Such A Beautiful Dog!"

Posted by anita novosel on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Diet 
While there are countless benefits of feeding our dogs a raw diet, some of the most noticeable are those that 'meet the eye(or nose)'. So many people approach me when I am out with my dogs simply to say,"I have never seen such a beautiful dog!". Of course, we are all a bit biased when it comes to our dogs but the folks who approach me are genuinely shocked at the appearance of my dogs. Much to their surprise I inform them they require very little maintenance compared to others' dogs. The eye ...
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"Huh, what do you mean 'raw'??"

Posted by anita novosel on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : FAQ 
" Are bones dangerous for dogs to eat? "

" Will raw chicken make my dog sick? "

" Doesn't raw meat pass along deadly bacteria?"

" So, do you mix it in with their 'dog food'?"

" How do you cook it?"


 These are just a few of the most common questions I get regarding a raw diet for you dogs. I love when people approach me to seek out the best lifestyle for their dogs. There are NOOO stupid questions!! I am going to address these first 5 fundamental questions/misconceptions in case anyone needs some b...
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Introduction

Posted by Anita Melfo on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : About Us 
Hey everyone- Want to let you know why I want to get this site going and why my services are valuable. I got my first German Shepherd Dog,  Mugsy, a couple weeks after my father passed away. I was 15 years old and he saved me from crippling depression.  We rescued him from a local shelter where a breeder surrendered him at 8 weeks old. By the time he turned 3 he  started having mild focal seizures. His diagnosis was Idiopathic Epilepsy. His seizures were few and far between until he ...

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