W H A T D O W E F E E D ?
We wean our puppies from mom's milk to raw ground meat. Beginning at 6 weeks, we begin to wean them to Life's Abundance, the All Life Stages formula, if their new owner's choose not to stick with a raw diet. If the new owner's choose for us to wean to kibble, we send those puppies home with an 8lb bag of their dog food.
W H Y R A W ?
There are tons of opinions on a raw dog food diet. However, a dog on a raw dog food diet will physically prove any negative views wrong with it's shiny coat, nice muscle tone, clean teeth, and excellent health. Dog's are carnivores that have been domesticated. What does that mean? It means they were created to eat whole, uncooked prey in the wild, but have been forced to eat processed foods filled with fillers, carbohydrates, and cooked foods. It's changed their PH level overtime and have caused plenty of health issues over the years. A dog that is on a raw diet will have a low PH level, allowing them to digest foods very quickly while also fighting off bacteria. You will hear lots of veterinarians and people say that a raw diet is bad for dogs because they could get salmonella or e coli. This is only a myth, and has rarely (if ever) happened. Even a dog on a normal kibble diet with a higher PH level should never get salmonella. A dog is an animal, and they are built and created to not be effected by bacteria in foods due to their low PH level. Even their saliva is equipped to fight off bacteria, so you don't have to worry about getting sick from doggy kisses. Their saliva has antibacterial properties and contains lysozyme, an enzyme that lyses and destroys harmful bacteria. Raw meaty bones are wonderful for dogs, but if you begin adding fillers and lots of carbohydrates to their diet, this will change the way they digest food. A dog on a raw diet will be able to (and should) eat raw meaty bones due to their low PH level. This is their source of calcium and is also nature's tooth brush. However, if you give a dog that is on a high-carb, low protein dog food (most are) a raw meaty bone, they will have issues digesting the bone and could get sick from an obstruction. We've personally seen the benefits of a raw dog food diet over commercial dry dog foods, and firmly believe that your dog is the healthiest it can be on a balance raw diet. However, there is always risk for bacteria transfer to humans, so please only feed your dog a raw diet if you take the proper precautions when dealing with raw meat.
Benefits of a raw diet?
low to no body odor, reducing the chances of fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks like unhealthy, smelly bodies, so a balanced raw diet reduces fleas and ticks in both areas.
cleaner teeth, reducing or eliminating the need to brush your dog's teeth or bring them in for a teeth cleaning.
amazing digestion with smaller, less smelly, and a reduced amount of stool. This also eliminates the need for regular anal gland secretion due to the firmness of the stool on a raw diet.
less or no allergies. This includes itchy skin, yeasty ears, and itchy feet.
Reduced change of heartworms. Several raw feeders have chosen to forego the use of heartworm medication due to their dog's having an amazing immune system. A heartworm is a parasite, and cannot thrive in a health environment, as a healthy immune system will fight and destroy the parasite. Will Falconer, DVM, is an amazing veterinarian with outstanding advances in this area.
Long and healthy life. Dog's on a balanced raw diet live longer and get sick less because they are eating what they are supposed to. Think about organic versus processed foods and how it effects humans.
Better muscle tone which reduces joint issues.
You know exactly what your dog is eating and can actually read and understand the ingredients.
They LOVE meal time. No more picky eaters!
Cons of a raw diet?
It can be expensive
It can be time consuming
You could get salmonella poisoning if you don't properly handle raw meat.
If you are interested in switching to raw, don't hesitate to reach out. I buy my raw dog food pre-mixed and fully balanced from a co-op out of Slidell and it costs about $65 a month for a 50lb dog. However, I've also mastered the art of a DIY raw dog food diet and can help in that area as well. A great website for loads of information on a balanced raw diet is rfas.uk, as well as BARF.com. BARF stands for "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food". BARF believes in adding cooked veggies and fruit in a balance raw dog food, while rfas.uk does not. Use your best judgement on that.
W H Y L I F E ' S A B U N D A N C E ?
We are distributors of Life's Abundance because we believe that this is one of the best quality dog foods out there. Life's Abundance uses fresher foods, which is more nutrient rich and dog's thrive on it. Their dog food is made fresh in small batches and doesn't sit on warehouse shelves getting stale for a long period of time. It's a holistically formulated dog food that will guarantee your dog a long and healthy life. As a smaller company that has not been bought by big brand names or stores, Life's Abundance is able to use quality ingredients and not cut corners to
get cost as cheap as possible. They have also never had a recall. Their formulas are based on proven science have the efficient amount of taurine to reduce chances of DCM, and they are constantly testing their foods. Their formulas have the necessary amounts of Omega 3, Omega 6, and vitamins needed for a healthy and soft coat. Since their formulas are more nutrient dense, dogs don't need to eat as much of it like they would with a regular commercial brand. A large bag of Life's Abundance will lasts longer than normal dog food brands.
Life's Abundance has an auto-ship method, so you don't have to reorder when you are ready for another bag. You can set your dog food to automatically ship every few weeks and it simply ships right to your door within 3 business days. We currently feed the All Life Stages dog food, but there are other options like the large breed puppy formula, as well as a weight control formula for over-weight dogs. They also carry the best quality dog treats as well.
Yes, Life's Abundance is a bit more pricey compared to other brands. However, the decrease of vet bills, vitamin supplements, and Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplements will drastically reduce your pet's expenses over time if you feed Life's Abundance.
To order Life's Abundance dog food:
click on the button below to go to Life's Abundance's website,
click on Products at the top,
click Dog Food,
choose your dog food and size,
click the "Save Money On Autoship" box if you'd like to get a discount and schedule automatic delivery, then add to your cart. You'll be prompted to create an account when you check out. If you get a 40lb bag of dog food, you should be able to schedule delivery for every 6 weeks without running out.
If you choose to feed your puppy another brand of dog food, we suggest doing so gradually by mixing some of the food from the 8lb bag that we'll give you on Puppy Pick-Up day with the new dog food that you choose. Increasing the new food portion size and decreasing the old food portion size each day will help your puppy not get an upset stomach.
If you are content with your current dog food brand, but would like to add Omega 3 or a multivitamin to you dog's diet, Life's Abundance can help you out as well. A multivitamin will improve your dogs health, and the Omega 3 will greatly improve your dog's coat.
Life's Abundance Omega 3 fish oil supplement is guaranteed to be purified and concentrated for the best quality. An 8 oz bottle of Life's Abundance Omega 3 fish oil will last about a 6 weeks for the average 50lb Ruby Doodles goldendoodle.
If you are interested in trying a multivitamin and/or Omega 3 fish oil supplement, click on the button above and go to Products, then Dog Supplements.
O T H E R F O O D R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S :
We currently do not recommend any other dog foods due to the hype and misinformation related to taurine deficiency and DCM. We recommend doing your own research using science based studies rather than veterinarian advice (they are neither nutritionist nor are they scientist). There are research articles and studies that prove that grain free foods cause DCM, that grain free foods do not cause DCM, that lack of taurine causes DCM, and also that 90% of dogs diagnosed with DCM aren't taurine deficient. There are loads of opinions out there and studies with different results, and there is currently NO KNOWN CAUSE of DCM according to the FDA, besides there being a genetic predispositon to DCM. Sticking with a dog food that uses natural, quality ingredients and less fillers is key for a good dog food diet. We like dogfoodadvisor.com due to it's detailed breakdown of certain foods. We understand that they are not scientist, but the reviews and ratings are done by a doctor with a major in chemistry and minor in biology, researchers, and an experienced veterinarian. Dogfoodadvisor.com is a great resource for OPINIONS, not facts, so use their information wisely.