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Success Stories feeding Raw

This page has several excellent and amazing testimonies from people who switched their pets to a raw diet. While the success stories here are awesome and awe-inspiring, I also want to note that a raw diet is not a fix-all, cure-all. Feeding an appropriate, healthy diet will always be a tremendous step toward a better, healthier lifestyle, but diet cannot fix all problems.

My 15-month-old Dobie pup is 4th generation raw fed, with grandparents and great-grands that achieved Longevity Certified status with the DPCA. Not to mention lots of working and show titles. :) He is an amazing pup, and I can't take him out in public without at least one person telling me how beautiful he is.

My Bostons are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-generation raw fed. So far, the elders that were started on kibble and switched to raw (also minimally vaccinated) have exceeded the average lifespan for their breed. The youngest generation will be the last, as I retired from breeding and showing 6 years ago, but they are doing beautifully at 6 and almost 8 years old. They and their almost 11 year old mother have pearly white teeth and have never had a dental cleaning! (No, I don't brush their teeth.)

The above-mentioned mother, raw fed since I got her back at 14 months old, had a mastectomy 3 years ago, when she was almost 8. The pathology report described a malignant tumor completely surrounded by lymph (?) cells. Although the oncologist said it wasn't possible, it appeared that her (raw-fed) body was actually fighting the cancer and had it contained.

Her 12.5 year-old brother (she was from a repeated breeding) started out life with an infected belly button, and was pu/pd until I switched him from kibble to raw when he was 6 months old. He has survived cancer (MCT) twice, surgically removed. Two months before his 12th birthday, he was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. Six months later, he is eating well (modified raw diet to control phosphorus) and keeping the Dobie in line.

This is enough for me.

- Scottee

Alex

My neighbor to the left of me switched her Labs to raw a few months ago. My neighbor on the right was visiting the other day and "had to look twice" at Alex, the neighbor dog on the left, because she "wasn't sure who he was". She couldn't believe what she saw - Alex has been the size and shape of a boxcar since he moved in five years ago. We had nicknamed him (lovingly) "Pigbear" because that's what he looked like. Poor Alex's mom has been trying for years to get his weight down and following her vet's advice to feed him Iams Weightloss Formula because it's a "good food". He managed to stop gaining weight on it, but could not lose it (and was always hungry, poor coat, etc.) on the Iams. Then we switched Alex and his brother to raw.

My neighbor to the left of me switched her Labs to raw a few months ago. My neighbor on the right was visiting the other day and "had to look twice" at Alex, the neighbor dog on the left, because she "wasn't sure who he was". She couldn't believe what she saw - Alex has been the size and shape of a boxcar since he moved in five years ago. We had nicknamed him (lovingly) "Pigbear" because that's what he looked like. Poor Alex's mom has been trying for years to get his weight down and following her vet's advice to feed him Iams Weightloss Formula because it's a "good food". He managed to stop gaining weight on it, but could not lose it (and was always hungry, poor coat, etc.) on the Iams. Then we switched Alex and his brother to raw.

Alex looks like a dog, again! We didn't even know that he could, but he does! His whole body shape has changed. So much so that the other neighbor didn't recognize him, at first. So much so that my neighbor's aunt saw him and said, "Hey! I want to feed my dog good food, too!" (she was impressed)

There is no question that raw has improved the quality of his life. Whether he will live longer, I cannot say.

I had a sheltie mix who lived to almost 19 on grocery store dog food, back when I was a kid. This fact does NOT make me think that grocery store food is the way to go - actually, it makes me cringe to think how long she might have lived on raw - like that rawfed dog in Australia, might she have lived well into her 20's? Maybe.

- Casey

Ricco

I switched Ricco over to raw at about 5 months of age? I remember finding this list & being the biggest neurotic pest...this was 2 years ago now. It is so funny to think back to how worried I was...how I feared he would choke...all the usual fears...poop patrol....you know what I mean. All it took was one person's statement in regards to raw to start my quest to ultimately, this list, not to mention that my young pup already had tartar developing.

It was an easy transition overall. A few bile bone bits...a few shards in stools..but basically uneventful. He hasn't had a bath in two years...his teeth are beautiful (except those darn canines that I scrape with my fingernail)...he needs to go kill something instead of play with it...

my dog play bows to rabbits on his walks...the Vet?? who's that? no visits required...each & every person I meet comments on his lean, muscular physique..his endless energy & pink gums & tongue...his glossy black coat...a truly splendid animal to see..looks like a stallion...all long legs, sinewy muscle.

So really, not a dramatic story like others may have but I feel so much dismay out there seeing other dogs...doughy & overweight...gunky eyes...dull, lifeless coats & eyes...breath like a dragon...such short lives being wasted with inferior health when it doesn't have to be that way. Truly a shame & mankind should be ashamed for what it has done to our cats & dogs...& even the way mankind feeds itself. It is a travesty & one that feeds the drug companies to treat the symptoms & not the cause. It makes me sick....

- Chia & Ricco

Dobie

My 15-month-old Dobie pup is 4th generation raw fed, with grandparents and great-grands that achieved Longevity Certified status with the DPCA. Not to mention lots of working and show titles. :) He is an amazing pup, and I can't take him out in public without at least one person telling me how beautiful he is.

My Bostons are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-generation raw fed. So far, the elders that were started on kibble and switched to raw (also minimally vaccinated) have exceeded the average lifespan for their breed. The youngest generation will be the last, as I retired from breeding and showing 6 years ago, but they are doing beautifully at 6 and almost 8 years old. They and their almost 11 year old mother have pearly white teeth and have never had a dental cleaning! (No, I don't brush their teeth.)

The above-mentioned mother, raw fed since I got her back at 14 months old, had a mastectomy 3 years ago, when she was almost 8. The pathology report described a malignant tumor completely surrounded by lymph (?) cells. Although the oncologist said it wasn't possible, it appeared that her (raw-fed) body was actually fighting the cancer and had it contained.

Her 12.5 year-old brother (she was from a repeated breeding) started out life with an infected belly button, and was pu/pd until I switched him from kibble to raw when he was 6 months old. He has survived cancer (MCT) twice, surgically removed. Two months before his 12th birthday, he was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. Six months later, he is eating well (modified raw diet to control phosphorus) and keeping the Dobie in line.

This is enough for me.

- Scottee Meade