I’ve had some people ask specifically what we feed our 4 1/2 month old Akita puppy who, by the way, is now over 30 pounds. She was at the vet for a check up a couple of days ago and another client said, ‘That’s a movie star dog.’ The vet couldn’t stop stroking her fur back and forth and was obviously impressed with her health and temperament. On the way back to the Gabriola ferry we stopped at Buddies Natural Pet Food for a month supply of raw food. That’s all they do…raw food. There’s no kibble or anything processed in their store. They have their plant in Duncan, stores in Duncan, Victoria and Nanaimo. They have other locations on the mainland etc so see the retailers link below. The food they sell is fit for human consumption. There are other brands of raw food available as well such as Red Dog, Blue Cat, Mountain Dog Food and Pets Go Raw.
So Buddies sell bags of frozen 1 and 2 lb blocks of ‘meals’. By that I mean for example, beef and chicken (with ground bones), veggies and innards in the right proportion to what they would eat in the wild. This is important. So if you are going to feed your pet raw food, do it right. Yes you could make your own but the ground bone is important so that requires the right equipment.
Right now because Georgie is growing, we are using the beef/chicken meal as it is high in protein. They do have poultry on it’s own (chicken, turkey, duck), rabbit, lamb, pork, venison, etc. This time I bought a 20 lb bag of the 1 lb blocks and she gets about 1 of these per day (around $60). I also bought a bag of lamb necks, chicken necks and beef necks. These are almost all edible and serve as part of a meal. So this should stretch us to about a month. I also buy local (Gabriola) ground beef and make small balls and freeze so I can use these in between meals if she is hungry. She gets as much as she needs and we just watch her waistline. If it looks like she’s losing her waistline, we back off a bit. I divide her meals into 4 right now but 2 is fine. I’ll go to that when she is a bit older. Right now she needs the sustained energy so more times a day seems to suit her best. I’m home most of the time so I can do it but if you are working then 2x a day might be more practical.
Buddies also sell a variety of other supplementary foods for a change like herring (a stinky outdoor treat), antlers, tripe and they have supplements. I get supplements for Georgie from Standard Process Labs as they have a nutraceutical veterinarian line which is great. I give her 2 Optimal EFAs per day from Biotics which is 1000 mg. They also have treats available that are dehydrated so still technically raw. However, I make my own treats since I have a great dehydrator. Dehydrate at no higher than 113 F to keep treats raw. Over that and enzymes are destroyed. Click for recipes Beef Jerky and other jerkies. I have some in the dehydrator right now and she likes to hang out underneath it…just in case. LOL I also make cookies (no grain just meat, coconut flour to bind and other goodies so they are very packed with protein and flavour. Here’s a variation on the cookies too. I have also dehydrated thinly sliced sweet potato and I had some huge carrots from a local organic farm the worked too. I give her those from time to time. She likes apple and I dehydrated some cranberries but they take forever so I took them out early and throw a few in her meal and she likes those too. If you have a finicky pet, you will have to experiment. Ours seems to like everything except perhaps oysters:) We collected some at the beach and she wasn’t too interested in them. A new addition to Buddies line is dehydrated meals for ease when traveling…just reconstitute and voila! Buddies have a discount system too so you can get a break when you buy over $100 and all new customers get a discount.
So I guess that’s about it. It took a bit of figuring to start with but it’s easy now and it’s definitely paying off. Think of the life of your pet and how much more quality it will have and less trips to the vet. This is how they were meant to eat. Just like us…no processed stuff just real food.
I’ll talk a bit about vaccines another time. Oh and by the way, last night Georgie slipped while charging around the yard. Later I noticed one ear was bugging her. There was nothing to see inside so my husband, Rodney (aka Dr. DiffRANT) checked her neck and it was out so he adjusted it and no more ear problem. So keep in mind that some pet issues might need a chiropractor and there are some around that will see animals.
Retailers…coming soon to Fort Langley!
I forgot, I make kefir too and she gets a bit of that every day for good gut flora:)
March 2015 update…Buddies doesn’t have it’s own retail outlet in Nanaimo anymore but Bark and Fitz now carries it at the same price. They just recently got out of the franchise and are called Fetch for Dogs. Same owner and location.
6338 Metral Drive, Unit 4B
Nanaimo, British Columbia