I’ve been feeding my dogs raw food for about a month now, so far I have seen a few important changes in behavior:
- Drinking less water
- Small & firm stools
- My toy poodle doesn’t eat cat poop anymore
- Less tendency to eat grass
- Significant decrease in vomiting
1. Proper Hydration
On a raw diet, I noticed that my dogs drink less water. I have one senior dog named Bruno and feeding him raw food helps him stay hydrated since the raw food retains a lot of moisture.
At first, I was concerned because I wasn’t sure if his body was getting enough fluids. I did some quick research and learned that wet raw food contains high amounts of moisture which prevents chronic dehydration. Source: Dr. Becker.
2. Small & Firm Stools
When I first started feeding my dogs raw food, I noticed that their stools were smaller and firm.
This change happened within the first 2-3 days.
On kibble, Alia would get “dingleberries” on her little behind. Her stool was very loose and sometimes her butt would get very dirty that I would have to immediately shower her.
On a raw diet, her stool is firm that she no longer gets any poop stuck in her butt or very loose stools.
It is absolutely amazing! I no longer have to worry about washing the sheets, taking her a shower often, and cleaning her butt.
On a raw diet, Bruno can properly drain his anal sac since he is forced to push harder when pooping. Sometimes it can take him a while, but he scoots his butt on the floor less often than he did on kibble.
3. No More Cat Poop Delicacy
Eating cat poop was a big problem with my Toy Poodle. If she couldn’t find any cat poop she would eat squirrel poop. Who wants to get licked by a dog that just ate poop. Not even brushing her teeth would not eliminate the smell.
It’s a good thing she didn’t eat her own poop or Bruno’s poop though.
I now know that on kibble, Alia wasn’t getting the proper nutrition her body needed so she would eat cat poop. On a raw diet, Alia no longer eats cat poop. Her body is getting the nutrition it needs so she no longer has to go searching for poop to replenish the lost nutrition.
4. Less Tendency To Eat Grass
When my dogs were on kibble, they would eat grass from time to time. Either because their stomach felt irritated or they were lacking an essential nutrient.
Even if they were deficient in something I would sometimes not let them eat grass since they would always throw up right after.
When I switched to a raw diet, the tendency to eat grass diminished.
I think it is great since this means their body no longer needs to look for any source of food just to try and restore their nutritional needs.
5. No More Vomit
I would buy them the healthiest, grain free kibble but they would still vomit. It was something in the kibble, even the top shelf brands would somehow make them vomit.
I was concerned because I wasn’t sure why they would throw up.
Switching them to a raw diet has stopped them from vomiting. They seem happier, more energetic, and healthier. At least I know that there tummy’s are satisfied and less vomit means a happy and healthier dog.
How much does the raw diet cost me per month?
I live in The Philippines so the cost of living is significantly lower than those established countries. My dogs are a 3 year old toy poodle ~4.7kg, a 15 year old Maltese poodle ~4.5kg. They each eat about ~83 grams per meal.
My cost is ~$3 per pack of 500 grams raw beef. This comes out to roughly $60/month for 2 dogs which is not bad.
Switching them to raw food has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for my dogs health. I hope my dogs have inspired you to make the change.
Your dogs would love you for it, and they won’t be able to resist the deliciousness.