8 Benefits of Feeding Your Pets Raw Food

1.  Cleaner Teeth & Fresh Breath

Eating raw muscle meat, raw meaty bones, and other connective tissues requires lots of chewing, and that does wonders to keep a carnivore’s teeth clean! With the number of dogs suffering some degree of periodontal disease by age three, we have found that the consumption of a whole raw diet, promotes superior gum health. Also, Dogs that are fed raw foods have less offensive breath due to their cleaner teeth, healthier gums and great digestive systems. 

2. Rock Solid Immune System and fewer yeast infections

Wild dogs and wolves seem to have fewer diseases and health problems compared to our domestic dogs, the reason is absolutely their diet! Eating raw on a regular basis can prevent yeast infections and help your pet manage their immune system. Raw pet food includes lots of fatty acids and other immune-system boosting nutrients, it can also reduce the rate of inflammatory conditions significantly.

3. Weight Control

Pets who eat raw food tend to be at a healthier weight, pet obesity among those who eat processed foods is an ever, increasing problem. This is a great benefit with raw food, our pets can maintain a healthy, lean weight. Extra weight can cause a multitude of health issues, including joint problems, heart problems, a higher risk of cancer, diabetes and many more health issues.

4. Shinier Coat

A diet that consists of fresh, natural, raw foods will give your pet the nutrients to maintain a healthy skin and a shiny coat. Raw foods are full of essential fatty acids which is the key to a wonderful healthy coat. 

5. Healthy/Normal Digestion

Dogs and cats have  short digestive tracts which limit their ability to digest fibrous plant foods. A raw food diet for pets is largely meat-based, which makes it easy for your pet to digest. Your pet’s digestive system will work smoothly and  regularly –  resulting in fewer, firmer and less offensive smelling stool!

6. Fewer allergies

Raw foods contain fewer chemicals than pet food products. Cats and dogs are unlikely to have a reaction to raw food unless they have trouble digesting specific types of meat. Raw meat does not contain artificial preservatives, fillers, or dyes. It is full of healthy, natural nutrition that your pet will love.

7. Fewer vet visits

Feeding a natural raw diet to your pet is the best thing you can do for them! You will see improvements in their health, energy, coat, and teeth. Their digestive system will be healthier, and their bones stronger, therefore avoiding more trips to the vet!

8. Your pets will love you for it!

Ali Wright
Sedgwick: The Last of The Mohicans

This blog was written in 2015.  Sedgwick passed away December 12, 2016 at the ripe old age of 26.

Sedgwick, the last of the Mohicans.

Sometimes you meet the best of friends in the most unlikely places.

In October of 1990 I went to a trade show in Chicago with my sister. We stayed at a close friend's home in lovely Lincoln Park at the cross street of Sedgwick and Eugenie.

At that time my cat, Sancho Panza, had recently died.  He was a beautiful white cat with a black spot (his original name was "Spot" which I found a little too unimaginative so I renamed him). I missed him but I did have three Golden Retrievers, one Bernese Mountain dog and a couple of Newfoundlands thrown in for good measure.  In other words, I had a pretty full house when it came to pets and I certainly didn't need another cat.

You can clearly tell where this is heading.

Sue, my friend we were staying with, had five cats, so it wasn't unusual to see cats just about everywhere you turned.  But when I saw a cute gray tabby hanging around her gate, I asked if he was a new edition.  She said that he wasn't, but that he'd been there the last few days.  She put up signs in the neighborhood to see if she could find his owner.  Since no one replied, I said, "You should take him." (On a side note to be one of Sue's cats or dogs is a pretty good gig, Sue takes all of her pets on her private jet and has three homes so nobody could ever get bored.)  Sue looked at me like I was nuts and her reply was curt, "No, you should take him. You're the one who’s cat-less now."  Being a gambler, as well as a true animal, I said, "I will take him if he returns in three days."

I thought it was a safe bet.

You can imagine where he was sitting three days later...right on the stoop. He'd wedged himself between the fence pickets, just waiting to go home with me.  I tried to palm him off on my sister; her reply, "Forget it."

I rationalized keeping him by convincing myself that I was saving him for a Halloween horror story.  Because he was friendly and gray and Halloween was right around the corner, who knows what could happen if he fell into the hands of some cruel pranksters.

So off we went to the vet.  I knew he'd need a health certificate to fly home.  Regardless, I wanted to make certain he was healthy and determine his sex before naming him.

Of course, he passed all of his vet tests with flying colors.  And he we found that conclusively that "he" was a boy kitty.  So the next step was to pick out a name, Calvin? Nah? Fern? Ha ha.  Where did that come from?  My sister suggested Sedgwick since I first saw him at the corner of Sedgwick and Eugenie.  Perfect, Sedgwick it is.

I bought him a plane ticket so he could ride home in the cabin with us.  The transition from Chicago to Park City was a breeze.  He settled into his new home right away and ultimately ruled the roost.  This 10 pound cat won over all of my dogs from the smallest, 65 pound Golden Retriever, Jackson, to the largest 165 pound Newfoundland, Argos.  They showed their admiration for Sedgwick by letting him sleep near their tummies and by giving him slobbery baths.

In the end Sedgwick turned out to be a great cat.  I've had him for 23 years and he's still going strong.  The vet thought he was around age two when I got him so that puts him at about age 25.  But he looks and acts ten years younger.  It must be the raw food he eats.  He's still athletic and sports a beautiful coat along with a huge spirit. One of my favorite things about Sedgwick is his fondness for presents.  At Christmas, "Sedgie" loves to unwrap everyone's gifts. I wish I had a video of what we affectionately termed "unwrapping by Sedgie."

My other dogs that were part of his original pack are all in dog heaven now, so Sedge is truly the last of the Mohicans.  Everyday with him is a joy with one exception.  We have a home in Las Vegas, which happens to be adjacent to a beautiful bird sanctuary.  As you might surmise our two cats find that home idyllic.  Back when Sedgwick was an 18-year-old youngster he boxed numerous birds to their untimely deaths while lying on his back with his clawless rear paws.  We've since banned him and Abby from that house.  Whenever he got into with the birds I'd tell him "bad cat," and he'd respond with "Mmmm, good bird."

Here is a painting of Sedgwick in his glory days:

That was Sedgie, he passed away on December 12, 2016 and it's taken me this long to write about him. He became quite cantankerous in his old age and when we adopted a new cat after Abbie died he showed his displeasure by peeing pretty much everywhere.  The new cat, Leuca, stayed downstairs away from Sedgwick's wrath of hissing and a posturing for about 15 months.  The day after Sedgwick died Leuca moved upstairs, he was so happy that the grumpy old man had passed on.  We, of course, still miss him but how many people are blessed to have a cat stay with them for 26 years?

Roll Call: Introducing Jackson aka The King, "Jackie Boy," etc

Awwww, my first puppy as an adult.  I could choose the breed that I wanted; a golden retriever.  I drive by the house with the "puppy sign," for weeks.  I case the joint and find 8 deliciously soft and in varying hues of cream to golden to red puppies.  All ensconced with the aroma of puppy belly. Might I add all clean too.  

 

These pups lived in a shallowed out, empty,  but grassed in swimming pool. My boyfriend and I were supposed to go on a big trip about 8 weeks later. I decided I would happily forgo the vacation as long as I could have that puppy.  They called him "Bobby." He was not a "Bobby," he was a "Jackson." He was named after one of the most beautiful places on earth Jackson, Wyoming and long before everyone named both children and dogs Jackson (I think it was 1).

 

So began the most joyful time of my life with my constant companion.  I remember Jackson would chew my very expensive shoes, I always gave him the benefit of the doubt, "at least he chews in pairs,"  "He's so smart."  I would remind myself delightedly. It was one great time after another and we had the good fortune of being able to travel with him wherever we went.  Then I broke up with my boyfriend and was poor for a while, but Jackson still ate well, I'm glad one of us did.  Jackson became like a child to me and I would do anything for him.

 

So, when he was accidentally poisoned at about 18 months old, I was devastated.  The vet saved his life but he had neurological problems and he soon weighed only 28 pounds,  He had lost 2/3 of his body weight and couldn't walk.  Euthanasia was strongly suggested, but how could I do that when his life had been saved; plus he was the love of my life.  I'm told a well loved person has many nick names.  Jackson had a slew of them and he was my sun/son.

 

That's why I began this pet food company.  I had to feed Jackson something better than I saw in the marketplace.  There were not the choices that we fortunately have now and raw food,  well there wasn't any.  People looked at me as if had three eyes when I decided I would start manufacturing it.  I simply didn't care.  Jackson motived me to read and research,  to seek out holistic vets that knew about the benefits of proper nutrition, and he gave me the fire or the impetus to move on it. I knew I had to do this for him if I ever wanted to see him healthy and walking again.

 

Many of you know,  Jackson lived another 16 years and died one month short of his eighteenth birthday in 2002.  Yes, there were remnants of his illness; slight visible shaking but he was never expected to live let alone walk. He was the best of the best and the first member of my crew (that's how I refer to my pack of dogs and cats) and I cherish that time we had together.

 

 Each of my dogs and cats inspire me to always better our products.  Clearly I do it for them and for your pets.  Nothing makes us happier than to hear from you about the  life changing  results you see when using Love Your Pet  for your furry friends.

Valarie Kamdar
Feeding Raw

The reasons to consider a raw food pet diet are numerous.  Let's examine some of the most popular mainstream thoughts. It's very important to buy your raw food from a trusted source.  A raw diet closely mimics the diet your pets ancestors thrived on since the beginning of time.  Properly "minimally processed" raw food today contains most, if not,  all of the vitamins, amino acids, and bone which provides the proper amount of calcium and phosphorus, minerals, and nutrients that your pet needs to maintain a healthy, happy,  active lifestyle.

 Argos and Ajax as young pups just beginning their journey "raw" journey

Argos and Ajax as young pups just beginning their journey "raw" journey

Some of the benefits of raw food for dogs and cats are they seem to have fewer health problems than their kibble fed colleagues and in our opinion visit their doctors on a less frequent basis.  We are convinced that raw fed pets have less allergies, brighter eyes, shinier coats, healthier skin, no doggy smell, higher energy levels, and less shedding than their counterparts that are on a grain or gluten product.   Their waste is considerably smaller for a few reasons;  they lack the enzyme to digest much of what commercial feeds contain and with their extremely short digestive tract they assimilate raw food more efficiently.

 Argos & Ajax 15years later and the newer additions, Ferguson, Apollo, & Atlas

Argos & Ajax 15years later and the newer additions, Ferguson, Apollo, & Atlas

 Since 1990 "Love Your Pet," raw food has been sourced in the western United States and processed first in Washington and for the past 15 years in Utah. A few of you might still remember my golden retriever named Jackson.  He  lived to the ripe old age of 18. Jackson was poisoned when he was about 16 months old. After he was well enough to travel we went to CSU for a second opinion.  The vet kindly recommended euthanasia.  After saving his life, euthanasia simply wasn't an option.  I started reading Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural health for Dogs and Cats" and employed the diet he recommended for Jackson. It worked; he started to thrive.  Several golden retrievers, two cats,  and a few years later all have been on "my diet," and that's when "Love your Pet" began raw food production. Our Bernese Mountain dog and all of our Newfoundlands have been on "Love Your Pet" raw food since puppyhood. Our passion for animal health propels us to be well versed in the entire vertical process of procurement, processing and distribution.

                                                                                                              BOOMER, GUNNER AND JACKSON

                                                                                                             BOOMER, GUNNER AND JACKSON

                                                                                 Jackson at Cedar Breaks

                                                                                Jackson at Cedar Breaks

 Boomer, Gunner, Jackson, & Ajax in the first Love Your Pet store, eyeing the cookie barrels.

Boomer, Gunner, Jackson, & Ajax in the first Love Your Pet store, eyeing the cookie barrels.