Sometimes I can’t believe how much I’ve learned about dog nutrition in those two years after Missy’s cancer diagnosis. That’s how it all started – our journey from kibble to healthier, raw dog food. So thank you, cancer, if for nothing else than making me re-evaluate our lifestyle/nutritional choices.
We eased ourselves into this new way of feeding by introducing home cooked meals when we had the review opportunity for Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl in early 2015. It consisted of a dehydrated/air-dried vegetable/fruit mix that we added our own sources of protein, oils and water to.
All of a sudden, feeding time had turned into a food celebration that Missy & Buzz couldn’t wait to taste. In all fairness I have to say that Missy has always been a slave to her stomach and will eat whatever happens to be in her bowl (dry or raw), but her brother Buzz has been known to walk away from a boring bowl of kibble.
Let me tell you that those days came to an abrupt stop when Mommy started cooking for the pups 😉
The following seven blog posts showcase our milestones on our journey from kibble to raw dog food. All titles are clickable and will open in a new tab.
Homemade Dog Food
Raw Dog Food
As you can tell by now, our journey from kibble to raw dog food has been a slow, gradual one that occurred over the course of about 12 months. We are now 19 months into feeding healthier dog food and are still learning and eager to try out new supplements and different protein sources (haven’t tried emu or kangaroo yet and making my first batch of bone broth is still on my to-do list as well).
I’m sharing this with you to let you know that there isn’t one right way to feeding a healthier diet and that you certainly don’t have to rush into anything. If you chose to embark on a similar journey with your pups, enjoy it and embrace the learning process. That’s the biggest lesson I learned.
Have you thought about making the switch from kibble to a homemade or raw dog food diet? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!