Food for Carnivores
Do You Make Dog Food?
I often get asked, "Do you make dog food?" The answer would be no, and I will tell you why. As it is our Casually Cockeyed notion to nourish all animals in our care by mimicking what they would encounter in a ranging or foraging lifestyle, it would only make sense to extend this ideal to our carnivores.
This belief is why we ONLY feed raw to the carnivores we raise and house here at Casually Cockeyed Farms. In the wild, carnivores would kill and eat meat - let me say firmly - their domestic cousins are no different in that their bodies are designed to process this type of nourishment.
Obviously, we do not want them hunting and killing our livestock, so we mimic this diet by offering ground bones, meat, and organs provided by our friends at Hare Today. This company is not only an incredible resource for obtaining Hormone, Antibiotic, & Preservative Free Meats and Treats, but they are a wealth of information - and a small, family business like us :)
The Need for Feed
Weighing the benefits of feeding raw vs. kibble are numerous - and, honestly, don't favor us "feed" companies. I always tell people when they inquire as to that remark - remember the history of "feed" was for the high-producer who housed animals with NO access to obtain their own nourishment, hence the "Complete" feed. If an animal is fed the way nature intends - you have no real need for feed, just proper, adequate supplementation.
However, with that being said, our pastures, plots, yards, and lots are overused and undernourished, so we must supplement. This is our philosophy when we speak of our own feeds for herbivores and omnivores - look at them like that nutritious smoothie you drink or that multivitamin you take. You do so to bridge the nutritional gaps that lie between our idea of the diet. With the carnivore, we have the incredible opportunity to provide nearly that which they would find if left to their own resources. That being said, supplementing with herbs and minerals do help to boost nutrition here as well.
Something is Wrong
I will not go into the depths of information about feeding raw, as I've included websites here who I would be quoting verbatim, and do a much better job than I could. They are a wealth of information, and I encourage you to READ, READ, READ because doing so provides you the knowledge and power to change your carnivores life forever. I will share some of the common complaints that I receive attached the inquiry about my making dog food:
1. My dog has environmental and food allergies...Yes, they are "allergic" to wheat, corn, grains, etc. No, it is not the chicken!
2. My dog has "hot spots"...Yes, their skin is desperately trying to rid itself, causing extreme itching, of all the toxins built up in the body by working overtime to process items that should not be there.
3. My dog stinks...Yes, your dog stinks as the toxins move their way out of the skin - toxins don't usually smell all that good.
4. My dog poops all the time...Yes, your dog poops all the time - and yes, it's a stinky mess! Their bodies cannot convert all the added nonsense. The way the body converts food is an integral part of the process of digestion and elimination - more digestion equals less elimination.
5. My dog is such a picky eater...Yes, your dog is a picky eater - and no it's not because he suffers from anxiety - throw away the Prozac!
And, finally, yes you are entirely correct in thinking it might be what their dog is eating that contributes to these problems. Feed him/her the way nature intended, and all will begin to improve -
READ, READ, READ
Then, Make the Switch
HOW? Make the switch to a Species-Appropriate Diet. For carnivores - This means MEAT!
If you decide to make this switch, and please do, I would be more than happy to help or simply offer a reassuring hand. Just contact me here and we can work on a personal transition program.