I get so many questions on why I feed my Pomeranian’s a RAW food diet. Pomeranian owners want to know if it’s “safe” and what the benefits are of feeding RAW. Today I will share why I decided to started feeding the Pomeranian’s a raw food diet.
I started feeding the girls an all organic raw diet right after I rescued Yoki. She was going through some trust issues because of her abusive background with her previous owners. She was very skiddish, and frantic so I decided to hire a Canine-Human Relationship Consultant to help me understand how to interact with Yoki. During our very first consultation she asked me, “What kind of food are you feeding the girls” I was proud to tell her that I had the girls on the Royal Canin diet. The best of the best dog food you can buy at PetSMART.
Little did I know what I was actually feeding them!!! She told me to get the bag of dog food and look at the first ingredient. So off to the pantry I went and sure enough the back of the bag told me that the first ingredient was “Chicken Meal” ** ….not so proud now, however I’m thankful she brought this to my attention! She told me that with all of the hormones in this dog food it may be contributing to her frantic and skittish behavior.
The trainer introduced the concept of feeding raw, and I ventured to a dog boutique that sold raw food for some more education. After all I don’t want my girls eating chicken meal!!! … or any other ground up meal for that matter. I eat organic and natural foods, why shouldn’t my Pomeranian’s do the same!?!
Here are a list of all the benefits of the Primal Pet Food from http://primalpetfoods.com
Canine Chicken Formula Benefits:
|Fresh chicken for superior levels of amino and essential fatty acids.|
|Finely ground, fresh chicken bones for optimum levels of calcium.|
|Organic produce for food-derived vitamins A, B-complex, C and D.|
|Salmon oil for essential omega-3 fatty acids.|
|Organic and unrefined nutritional supplements for digestion and circulation.|
|Vitamin E as an antioxidant.|
|Organic coconut oil for linolenic fatty acids.|
The meet and beef are all organic and grass fed and the poultry used in Primal foods and treats comes from range free birds.
Here is a list of the ingredients of the Chicken Formula. Notice there is no “Chicken Meal” in this food!
Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Necks, Chicken Gizzards, Organic Kale, Organic Carrots, Organic Yams, Chicken Livers, Organic Broccoli, Organic Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Trace Minerals, Organic Parsley, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder, Organic Kelp, Alfalfa, Mixed Tocopherols (source of vitamin E).
I’ve had the Pomeranian’s on the Primal raw diet for three years, and every time I feed them, it’s like they are eating a huge treat! They know when breakfast and dinner time are! Maggie always reminds me when it’s dinner time! She circles around, lets out a little bark and runs over to the kitchen. I have seen a major improvement in Yokis behavior since she’s been on this diet, she is no longer frantic or nervous and is much more calm and peaceful with herself and others.
** Chicken meal is ground up chicken meat that has been carefully dried to a moisture level of 10%. The protein content is 65% and the fat level is 12%. Regular chicken contains about 70% water with 18% protein and 5% fat. To create chicken meal, ingredients are placed into large vats and cooked. This rendering process not only separates fat and removes water to create a concentrated protein product, it also kills bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms. Rendering can remove infectious agents so, “4D” animals (dead, dying, diseased or disabled) are allowable chicken meal ingredients. While not always present, the possible inclusion of these ingredients makes chicken meal always considered unfit for human consumption. Taken from Wikipedia
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