Can problems arise from feeding my pet raw food?

Some pets, especially ones who are middle aged, inactive, overweight or have been fed a dry grain-based food for several years, will need time to adjust to the Chicken, Turkey and Duck varieties which contain ground raw bones. Though rare, in some animals feeding only the poultry varieties several days in a row results in a bout of constipation. It is important that you watch your pet’s stools every day, as it is always a good indicator of health in any animal. Feed our Beef Variety on a rotation, along with the poultry varieties, in order to keep the stools from becoming too dry.

If you see your animal struggling to pass a stool after a couple meals of the poultry, feed only the beef variety until the stools pass easily, then gradually reintroduce the poultry. It is also very helpful and important to give a digestive enzyme to your pet before feeding raw food, and for the duration of the pet's life, to aid in digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals from the ingredients of the food.

Some animals (many of whom may also fit the description above), have a predisposition to suffer a pancreatic attack since pancreatitis can occur suddenly if the pancreas is already inflamed and fat or garbage is ingested. That is why “counter surfing” and “garbage raids” can be especially dangerous.  Give animals small amounts of raw food over a period of a few weeks and gradually build into 2 full raw meals per day if you suspect your pet isn’t in optimal health.

If your animal has already experienced pancreatitis, a fibrous food such as pureed, canned pumpkin, (not pumpkin pie filling with sugar and other additives), pulped vegetables such as leafy greens, squash and green beans can help with the transition to a raw diet. Use a food processor or blender and enough water for processing to a pulp.  Mix in a ratio of one part raw pet food to one part pumpkin and/or vegetables. Again, a digestive enzyme is also very important for these animals.