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It’s no secret that the Kol’s Notes dogs are raw fed, but what a lot of people don’t know is that they weren’t always fed this way.
When I adopted Felix, he was eating a junk kibble – the kind of product that makes me cringe now. He was a smelly, itchy, allergic mess.
Less than a month after adopting him, the melamine recall of 2007 hit and every pet brand in my house was on the recall list.
I didn’t know any better. I didn’t know junk for for dogs was even a thing. I promised my sweet, fluffy boy that we could, and would, do better. Over the next few years, I started studying canine nutrition. We fed every type of pet food imaginable from grain free kibble to vet prescribed kibble to canned to dehydrated and everything in between. While every quality improvement helped Felix, none of those diets succeeded in relieving his allergies and food intolerances.
Against the advice of our vet (who we later broke up with), I decided to start feeding him raw. I was so uneducated about what went into raw feeding. The vet and all the warnings from the AVMA and the FDA about the bacteria potential and how “dangerous” it could be had scared me. I honestly looked at it as something that could kill or cure a dog that I was killing with meds and steroids anyway. I was terrified that I was going to screw everything up. For me, one of the most overwhelming things about raw feed was the idea of balancing it. Sure, I was qualified to feed myself, but was I really qualified to feed my dogs? What if I messed it up? What if they didn’t get all the nutrients they needed or if I fed them the wrong amount? I actually remember the day I discovered Instinct Raw® Dog Food and what a relief it was.
Back then, Instinct Raw was the first raw dog food to be scientifically guaranteed to meet the AAFCO guidelines and knowing they had taken care of the hardest part for me lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. It gave me the confidence to jump in and feed Felix raw food while I was still learning to navigate the world of prey models and RMBs and how to build a great diet from scratch.
There’s a lot to love about the Instinct Raw Bites.
For kibble feeder, curious about the world of raw feeding, it’s a great starter product. You measure it out by the cup, just like kibble. No calculating a percentage of your dog’s body weight and guessing at the right serving. No food scale required. Just scoop and serve. You don’t even have to defrost it in advance. The pieces are so small, the dog’s breakfast is ready in as long as it takes to make your coffee.
Instinct Raw Bites make raw feeding so easy and accessible for the average dog owner. It’s not any harder than feeding kibble and for my Felix, it’s so much healthier. It even comes in a slew of novel proteins like venison, tuna, duck and rabbit. His hot spots are gone. He doesn’t chew at his feet. And (um YAY) he isn’t gassy. He used to be REALLY gassy. Today, that itchy, smelly mess is a changed dog. Shiny, happy and oh so sassy. Raw feeding gave him a new lease on life.
Instinct Raw Bites are a great choice for people just starting out as a raw feeder.
You don’t need a degree in small animal nutrition. It comes premixed with 95% meat, organ and bone, plus 5% fruit and veggies. You don’t need a lot of preplanning and you can skip the icky, raw meat mess that makes so many people nervous. Just open the bag, scoop, thaw, and serve. Pop the dish in the dishwasher after. It’s that simple. You don’t even have to touch it.
I like to call Instinct Raw Bites a gateway food. Trying it will only lead to chicken necks, organ meats and happier, healthier pet.
Don’t just take my word for it, head over to the Instinct Raw Dog Food site to learn more about their great product and how it could be a part of your dog’s healthy diet or check them out on Facebook.
Have you ever considered changing your pet to raw? What stopped you or why did you go for it? Did you worry like I did??
Do you want to give Instinct Raw Food a try for your pet? You can save $3 on a trial sized or full sized bag. Get your offer here.