Good pet nutrition is so important. When you feed naturally, you have peace of mind of knowing exactly what your pet is eating!
In 2001, my husband and I adopted Hannah from our local animal shelter. Hannah looked to be a one year-old, 130 pound, Newfoundland/Mastiff mix. She had been in the shelter for a month, featured on TV, and had still not been adopted. She was such a sweet baby! We were so very fortunate to have found her.
Hannah had never been inside, so there was a bit of acclimating to do, on both our parts. From barking at catsup bottles and TV, to finding her on the dining room table with the chandelier swinging overhead. (Hannah wasn’t used to cats, you see.) Everyone survived and thankfully, my husband had fallen in love with her by the time he saw her claws’ skid marks forever embedded into the surface of the table. 😉
When she was five years old, her stomach swelled up. Worried that she might have bloat, we rushed her to the animal emergency hospital an hour and a half away. She didn’t have bloat, thankfully, but had fluid in her abdomen. Two months later Hannah was diagnosed with cancer. It was one of the most heart breaking and frustrating times of our lives. We lost Hannah a couple of months later. My heart is heavy as I write this post.
We loved Hannah so much that we bought top of the line dog food. After some research we realized it was likely Hannah got cancer at such a young age due contaminants and a lack of nutrition in her dog food. It was heartbreaking to have placed our trust in what was supposed to be one of the most recommended nutritious dog foods only to realize it was not good enough. Soon after Hannah’s passing our Pit Bull began to display the same symptoms, one by one. It was at this time my husband and I made a commitment to feed naturally. She lived to be an energetic 10-year-old who thought she was one!
Marmalade is our 11-year-old Great Dane who was sick for a long time as a puppy, so much so we were told she wouldn’t live past six. When she was around six, I had to switch her from natural food back to an expensive grain free dog food. At that time we were living out of a motor home while working on our house. We just didn’t have the refrigerator, freezer and kitchen space to make nine cups of dog food a day.
On this food, Marmalade very quickly developed what I call processed food bloat around her middle. Almost a year later, we thought we were going to have to put Marmalade down because she was in so much pain due to her arthritis. Our vet suggested we try Rimadyl, a pain and arthritis medication. This medication seemed to help the pain but it made her so anxious, it drove us all crazy.
We put her back on an all natural diet. This diet, along with Cosequin DS and Duralactin supplements, worked so well she was able to come off the Rimadyl. She felt so good, we had to take measures to keep her from running. Before, she’d just stand, shake and cry. It was not long after that she was back to being the impossible-to-ignore delight she was before. Marmalade lived until she was just one month shy of turning 12, which is really old for a giant breed whose life span is between 7 and 8 years!
Buck is our 6-year-old Golden Retriever and has spent his whole life on a natural cooked diet. It has paid off! He is healthy and full of energy with a soft and shiny coat.
I love our pets and they bring me so much joy and happiness. I feel they deserve the best life I can give them! Yes, cooking can seem like a chore, however; knowing that they are receiving the best pet nutrition possible makes it worth it.
(Oh, and by the way — all the symptoms our Pit Bull had went away one by one on the natural food and she lived another five years.)
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