I love podcasts and listen to them almost every single day, mainly while driving back and forth between my dog walking and pet sitting clients.
My favorite podcats range from blogging advice on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast & Darren Rowse’s Pro Blogger to the ins and outs of business on The Tim Ferriss Show and entrepreneurial startup stories on Andrew Warner’s Mixergy.
Obviously, none of those podcasts deal with dogs, let alone raw feeding related topics, unless you’d want to count Tim Ferriss’ dog Molly making herself heard every now & then by barking during the recording sessions 😉
So it’s kind of a rarity to come across a podcast that deals with my personal passion – raw feeding – and offers truly valuable content for supporters of a more species appropriate diet for dogs.
You can imagine how stoked I was when I DID find a podcast that actually ticks off those boxes!
Raw dog food podcast – The Raw Dog Food Truth
The raw dog food podcast I found is called The Raw Dog Food Truth and is hosted by DeDe Murcer Moffett of Raw Dog Food and Company, a raw dog food retailer based out of Colorado that delivers their food locally.
DeDe is a certified canine nutritionist with over 17 years of raw feeding experience under her belt. She co-hosts with Carmen Gaudreau, a 23 year veteran of the raw dog food diet.
Their show can be found on the podcast platform BlogTalkRadio.com, but isn’t available on iTunes or via the podcast app I use for all of my other shows. That’s a minor inconvenience because it means that I can’t add it to my regular podcast library on my app. I actually have to open the website it’s hosted on and click “play” there. #FirstWorldProblems
So instead of listening to their content in my car, I listen to it on my couch whenever I have some downtime. All episodes are between 20-45 minutes in length – perfect to listen to over a cup of coffee or glass of wine while snuggling with the pups.
I’ve listened to several of the 27 episodes that are available as of the time I’m typing this, and they truly are chock full of nuggets of raw feeding wisdom. I love it! My favorite ones so far are episodes #1, 9, 12, 18, & 27.
Raw feeding topics discussed on The Raw Dog Food Truth:
Heath benefits of a raw dog food diet:
- Transformation of kibble-fed dogs to raw-fed dogs – healthy coat, skin, nails, ears, teeth, less poop, increased life span
- Diabetes and arthritis are less common in bigger breeds on a raw diet because it’s not causing inflammation in their bodies
- Digestive enzymes in raw food diet support a dog’s digestive system and ensure that the liver, pancreas, and kidneys don’t have to work overtime
- Dogs who suffer from compromised immune systems due to cancer can still eat raw
- Poop – different colors depending on type of protein fed
- Savings of vet bills are well worth feeding (commercial) raw which is more expensive than putting your own raw meals together
Raw feeding basics:
- Which raw bones are best to feed
- The difference between prey model and barf model raw feeding
- Weight issues – why weighing the raw dog food is better than eyeballing a dog’s meals
- Myths surrounding the raw food diet
More details on raw feeding:
- All things green tripe – helps dogs with digestive issues and is great for picky eaters. The stinky food contains all essential fatty acids and probiotics, and entices dogs to eat – unlike cats, they eat by their sense of smell (not taste)
- Raw eggs are 100% digestible
- Rotation of raw protein sources is important, especially for pregnant bitches
- Switching it up in general is great besides taste – no deficiency in amino acids and essential fatty acids when feeding different cuts and kinds of raw meat
- Raw fish is perfect for calcium – magnesium – phosphorus ratio
- How calcium & magnesium work together – calcium makes muscles contract, magnesium makes them relax
Talking with your vet about a raw diet:
- How to talk to your traditional vet about the irrational fear of salmonella & e.coli poisoning in dogs & humans. This includes mentioning acidic dog stomachs, proper handling of raw meat and non-food related areas where salmonella can be picked up (standing bodies of water, areas around bird feeders, open fields where birds fly)
- How to talk to your disapproving vet about the raw diet by arming yourself with questions before you go into their office, such as:
– “Isn’t diabetes in dogs on the rise?” (linked to carbs)
– “Aren’t there too many starchy carbs in kibble?”
– “Do you know what the advantages are of feeding a dog a balanced raw diet?”
– “What about raw dog food don’t you like?”
While the podcast episodes cover mainly raw feeding related questions, they also highlight a few common issues in kibble-fed dogs. DeDe & Carmen share some interesting opinions pertaining to issues with dry dog food, such as:
1. Kibble-fed dogs who suffer from dry and thickened skin can have an enzyme profile done at the vet to find out what enzyme deficiency they suffer from.
2. The high incidence of pancreatitis during summer months in kibble-fed dogs is potentially linked to the non-climate controlled warehouses kibble is stored in, causing fats in kibble to go rancid.
3. To make digestibility easier on dogs with sensitive stomachs, raw and kibble should only be mixed when transitioning from kibble to raw (as opposed to serving daily meals of dry & raw food mixed together).
There’s a good chance that The Raw Dog Food Truth covers one or several raw feeding related questions you may have! I personally found the suggestions on how to talk to your traditional vet about raw feeding particularly empowering.
Do you have any questions about raw feeding?
Let us know in the comments! We’ll answer your questions or direct you to the best resource.
Barbara Rivers writes regularly for That Mutt about feeding her two boxer mixes a raw dog food diet. She is a blogger and maintains the blog K9s Over Coffee.
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