[Giveaway] August is RAWgust!
This month marks Rawgust, a month-long celebration to raise awareness of raw feeding for pets. You might be seeing cats and dogs crunching on juicy bones or gobbling up chunks of meat on your social media feed. Whether you’re curious about raw feeding or just wondering what the hype is all about, here’s a few fast facts about raw feeding for pets.
Raw bones are generally safer than cooked bones.
While no bone or chew is perfectly safe, especially if given without supervision, cats and dogs can usually handle raw meals that contain whole bones. Raw bones are relatively soft and break down in your pet’s stomach acid. Once a bone is exposed to high heat through cooking, though, it becomes hard and prone to splintering, so it is no longer safe for your pet to eat.
Even raw bones must be given with caution. An appropriate raw bone for your pet is large enough that they cannot swallow it whole. Weight-bearing bones like turkey leg bones are hard and can break teeth. A good choice for beginners are chicken bones like wings, necks, and feet. They’re lightweight and manageable even for cats and small dogs.
Balance is crucial when feeding raw.
If you only plan to supplement your pet’s existing diet with raw, you can replace up to 15% of their food with fresh ingredients without throwing off the balance of their complete diet. If you’d like to switch your pet over to a completely raw diet, you can make sure they get all of the vitamins and minerals they need with Honest Kitchen Base Mix, by giving your pet a premade option, or by working with a holistic veterinarian to develop balanced recipes for your pet.
Even a partially fresh diet can be beneficial.
While there’s still not much scientific research about the benefits of raw feeding, people have been feeding raw diets for decades, and the anecdotal data has been compelling. Fresh foods are high in moisture to help your pet stay hydrated and they’re full of flavor to help nourish picky eaters. The low-carb, high-protein content in most raw diets can help pets maintain a healthy weight. But making the big switch may or may not be the right choice for you, your pets, and your household. Your pets can still benefit if you supplement their usual diet with fresh foods. Giving your pet a raw chicken foot as a treat every now and then can help clean their teeth. Adding raw or freeze-dried meat to their bowl adds a boost of protein and deliciousness.
Celebrate Your Pet With Our Rawgust Giveaway
Whether you’re upgrading your pet’s diet with some fresh treats or you’re ready to make bigger changes, celebrate Rawgust with us with our latest giveaway. Comment on this post to enter for a chance to win.
Let us know your pet’s favorite food and you’ll have the chance to win a FREE Dexas Snack Duo from 1800PetMeds®! Each container comes with our Yucca Intensive Holistic Animal Care Supplement AND chicken flavored PureBites Freeze-Dried Treats. Two winners will be chosen at random each Friday in August starting 8/6/21, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! One grand prize winner will receive a SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder. There will be a total of nine (9) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!
Congrats to our Week 1 Winners Steven Smith in New Mexico and Karan McMahon in New York, our Week 2 Winners Catherine Kendall in Arizona and Jody Shellene in Maine, Week 3 Winners Lynette Simon in Massachusetts and Tina Windler in Indiana, Week 4 Shelly Hefner in California and Erica Johnson in California, and our Grand Prize winner Suzanne Pinder in North Carolina. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but be sure to checkout our September Giveaway and learn all about pain awareness for pets.