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Many of us are so used to giving our dogs the same thing day in and day out, that when we switch over to raw it’s difficult to think about variety. We have been brainwashed into the “complete and balanced” meal. But variety is a cornerstone of a well balanced diet. When we feed a healthy raw diet we need to incorporate variety to make sure that no one ingredient is over fed or missed. Even...

Sometimes our dog’s skin can have us pulling our own hair out. Itchy, flakey, greasy, pimply, hair falling out, hot spots, stinky, scaly, pigment changing, parasites, and any number of mysterious events. So many of these events seem to not be connected with anything. This is because the skin is an eliminative organ like the kidneys, the liver, the lungs, and the intestines. The body will use the skin to get unwanted things out. And...

I had a sickly dog many years ago. He ate dirt. He only ate it from certain places and only ate a little, so I let him. Years after his death I realized he was sickly from over vaccination and poor diet and he was likely self medicating. Since I have learned how to feed my dogs a real whole food diet I haven’t had a dirt eating dog. Herbivores consume minerals outside of their food. They...

The raw diet has two types of bones; raw meaty bones and recreational bones. Raw meaty bones are meals and are crunched up and swallowed. Think of turkey necks, chicken carcasses, lamb ribs, pork breast bones and such. They are softer than recreational bones and are easy to digest for a healthy raw fed dog.   A recreational bone is usually from a weight bearing bone, like a beef leg. They are very hard and serve more...

It’s common for people to try to keep their dog from eating grass because the dog sometimes throws up after. The connection made is that eating grass makes your dog sick. The opposite is actually true. If your dog eats grass and then regurgitates it in a pool of yellow goo it’s your dog’s way of cleaning out her stomach of something that was bothering her. She is self medicating and there is no need...

Ingredients Cafe and Community Market is now carrying Buddies Natural Pet Food! We are pleased to announce that Ingredients is now carrying our product! So for those of you in the downtown Victoria area you now have a close location to pick up Buddies for your four-legged-friends. Ingredients is around the corner from Capital Iron on Store Street, or check out their website: http://ingredientshealthfood.com INGREDIENTS Organic Market and Cafe 2031 Store Street Lo-Town in BEAUTIFUL Victoria ...