My dog is a carnivore. His digestive system was designed to eat raw meat and raw bones and nothing else. Buzz gets sick if he is given processed dog food. He can consume sticks and vegetables and other whole food items without them causing stomach upset or diarrhea, but they come out his rear in the same condition they entered his mouth, so they clearly don’t nourish him, all he gets out of them is the joy of chewing.

The thing is, the only meat in the house is Buzz’s food. In fact, as I learn more about the dairy industry the human food in the house has become increasingly vegan. To me the connections between being good and careful with pets is extending outward to animals that are typically considered legitimate sources of human nutrition. And finding a way of eating that works so beautifully for my dog has made me realize that perhaps I can feel better if I change how I eat.

To anyone interested in making informed food choices for themselves, I cannot recommend the podcast “Food for Thought” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau highly enough. The author is incredibly straightforward and kind—not just to the animals she is trying to protect, but also to any of her listeners that may still be eating meat and dairy.

Vegan eats for the human:

(Parsnip-Scallion pancakes + Chana Masala = yum!)

In contrast, here's Buzz with his dinner of two pig ribs.

Buzz appreciates my understanding of his carnivorous ways. “Thank you, lady”

Notice the strange, completely flat way he splays out when he eats.

The funniest thing anyone ever asked after hearing that Buzz only eats raw meat was "Yeah, raw meat, but you cook it first, right?"

Months on raw: 6
Ear infections: 0 (Amazing!!!)
Trips to the vet: 0
Choking problems: 0
Pooping Problems: 1 (after he ate all that birthday cake)

Raw feeding a dog takes a little bit of work. Most of it is at the front end of the switch, learning about what to feed in what proportion and how much of it. I was lucky when I started Buzz because I had Bruno, Vinnie, and Gino’s Capofamiglia and the Canadian Who Won’t Give Me Piper, to answer my questions and offer reassurance. I may put together a post on raw feeding information resources. We’ll see…


Mafiosos! said...

I am sitting here with my mouth wide open to know that Buzz has had ZERO ear infections since the switch! I remember you were battling this issue with him when he was on kibble. WOW! That surely is the best news!

Buzz's Food Lady said...

Isn't it amazing? He's been so happy and healthy since I got him off of the kibble!

I'm Gabby said...

Kiana also had zero ear infections on raw. And we battled from from puppyhood until raw at about 19 months.

Gabby's mom

Jules said...

Hi Food Lady, Just discovered your blog through Three Woofs and Woo. I am looking forward to reading more - I dig this post!

I switched my dog to a completely raw diet about a year ago - he had been eating partially raw most of his life. It is AMAZING the difference it made. I am also veggie, so I can totally appreciate doing what right for your dog and doing what's right for you as a human being very different!

Kathleen said...

I tried to change my dog to raw, but she had so much trouble with vomiting and diarrhea that we just couldn't manage the switch. Tips?

Buzz's Food Lady said...

Hi Kathleen, Well, raw doesn't work for every dog. I guess I'd want to know what plan you were following. I give Buzz 1/3 muscle meat and 2/3rds raw meaty bones. When I started him, I fasted him for 24hours then gave him a chicken quarter. He got chicken only for 2 weeks & no organ meats. I then slowly introduced other animal meats and organs one at a time.

I would make sure you aren't mixing kibble with raw (very bad idea) and start with one protein source.

This is a great source to ask questions:

and I liked "Work Wonders" by Lonsdale (It's a book)