For International Homeless Animals’ Day we want to talk about a topic that is close to our hearts here at Darwin’s – ending animal homelessness. A large part of our mission is to help people and their pets enjoy more years of healthy companionship. While, of course, our primary means of accomplishing this is by making and delivering healthy raw pet food to our customers, we also believe strongly in being part of the effort to end the homelessness and unnecessary euthanasia of companion animals. Continue reading →
In honor of International Assistance Dog Week (http://www.assistancedogweek.org/), I wanted to speak to someone who works with a service dog first hand about their experience with raw feeding. Pam Bilyeu is a guide dog handler, nurse, massage therapist and also serves on the Alumni Council for the Guide Dog Foundation (http://www.guidedog.org/). She is legally blind and hearing impaired.
I remember that you were feeding raw before you started feeding Darwin’s. Why did you decide to start feeding raw?
As you might have noticed, Darwin’s has two different - but very similar - lines of meals for dogs. You might be wondering “What’s that all about? How are they different and how are they the same? Which one is right for my dog?”
If you have ever compared one product to another in the supermarket you know what a challenge and what a headache this can be. Even the most nutrition-savvy consumer can become flustered when comparing the nutritional specifics of two products. Although the details of nutritional labels vary between human foods and foods for our pets, it is equally important to be sure you are comparing different products on an even footing with one another.
The immune system is an intricate biological protection system responsible for determining what belongs to and in the body versus what does not belong and requires elimination. It defends the body against infection, disease and foreign substances. Keeping your pet’s immune system in good shape will go a long way in preventing ill health and chronic disease. Continue reading →
Whether you have a new puppy or would like to teach your old dog some new tricks, finding the best training method is always the first step. Humans learn things through a variety of methods, and just like us, your dog may learn from one or multiple training methods. There are many different approaches to training your dog, and understanding them can be overwhelming. Knowing how your dog thinks and what motivates them can be found through training exercises and will serve to strengthen the relationship between you.
The most important time to feed great food is when your puppy is young. Great nutrition helps build a solid foundation, upon which your puppy can live long and prosper.
Puppies, as a general rule, require high protein, balanced fat, mineral-rich diets (giant breed dog owners should discuss food with their vets and breeders). Not all raw diets are high protein: some popular, lower-cost raw diets are mostly fat, and probably should not be fed to puppies.
Detoxification is essential for any animal that has been treated with multiple courses of medications such as steroids, antibiotics or antihistamines which are often prescribed for animals with itchy skin or digestive disorders. Even pets who have been on a heavily processed diet for years will experience a build up of toxins in their body which must be released when they switch to a healthier diet.
We’re never too old to learn from our pets. The family dog provides daily lessons in devotion, along with examples of how to be present and grateful. For children, family pets also offer the opportunity to learn life skills. Everyone who loves a dog knows the joy of their companionship, along with the weight of responsibility. And every parent who strives to raise responsible humans can look to their family pet for relevant and age-appropriate teaching parables.
You may have heard of the “Cave Man” diet as it applies to humans, the theory being that unprocessed fresh foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates are best for people who evolved successfully over thousands and thousands of years consuming just such a diet.
The concept of the “Ancestral Diet” for dogs is similar in nature. Dogs and other canids evolved successfully through hunting and scavenging, consuming foods that were not at all like the kibble so many are fed today. Recent nutritional science increasingly supports an ancestral-type diet—high protein, balanced fats, and at least some fresh foods—as the healthiest approach to feeding most dogs.