Correcting Some Misunderstandings about RMF

Rotational MonoFeeding and Supplements

There are two things about RMF that I’m fully on board with and they are:

  • no one has it right when it comes to balance; I believe most are doing the best they can with the information that is available
  • we over supplement our dogs, not giving the diet a chance to do its magic before we’re ordering pills and powders online

“The practice of supplementing with vitamins, oils, herbs, etc., is not only costly and unnecessary, but also very unhealthful.  There are studies being done now that clearly show that subjects that are given supplements actually do much worse health-wise than subjects that are not given them. Dr. T. Colin Campbell references them [studies] in his book Whole.” page 62

When I tried RMF with my dogs, I didn’t add any supplements, except Rodrigo’s digestive enzymes, which are a requirement.  I even dropped Scout’s cancer supplements (but I still gave him his meds).  It saved me time during meal times and it would save me money if I chose to switch to RMF.

However, is this right?

While I do believe that pet parents new to raw feeding reach for supplementation WAY too quickly, that doesn’t mean that supplementation is wrong.  My opinion is that we should supplement to address a health issue and cover nutritional deficiencies when whole food isn’t an option.  But we need time to figure this out and I don’t often see people taking the time – they just want a supplement shopping list.

Nora: If supplementation was anything approaching necessary, I wouldn’t be having the success I’ve had and neither would the others I’ve taught.  ‘Necessary’ means a dog needs it or he will die.  My last dog ate 4-5 foods his entire life after I developed RMF.  Instead of suffering “deficiencies”, he never went to the vet again for the last 11 years of his life.  We see dietary simplicity when we observe how animals eat in nature.  Simplicity is what the body wants, and supplements do not make its job simpler or easier. 

Further, supplements in no way “address health issues”.  If they cause symptoms to cease, it’s just like what drugs do.  Namely, putting electrical tape over the engine light in a car instead of removing the reason the light came on. 

When “whole foods are not an option”, that only leaves commercial pet food.  Most commercial pet food is chock full of these useless, internally-polluting food fragments.  The manufacturers of these products brag about how “complete and balanced” their products are.  That’s based on the same nonsense that comes from supplement marketers.  Namely, that the nutrients in supplements are “whole” or “natural” and so similar to the real thing that they can fool the body. 

Supplements are not guarantees of good nutrition.  Far from it.  A dog owner actually has less chance of succeeding when they’re new to home feeding if they supplement than if they don’t. 

I eventually added needed supplementation to my dogs’ diet. Switching to RMF gave me an opportunity to reduce the supplementation in my dogs’ diet even more.  I realized that I was falling into the same trap of reaching for supplementation instead of reviewing my dog’s diet when a health issue cropped up.

A Few Questionable RMF “Rules”

So, while I love the idea of a new raw feeding model, straight out the box, RMF isn’t for me.  I am modifying this diet for my dogs.  The following are “rules” that I’m not down for…

Dogs should be fed a lean diet that is low in fat.

Fat is a healthy addition to a dog’s diet and, yes, wild dogs do eat fat – brain and skin being the biggest contributions.  Fish also adds healthy fat to the diet.

I added a “fat” day when I feed raw goat’s milk, kefir, or homemade yogurt.

Nora: Agricultural animals have brains and skin too.  Brains may be hard for us to come by on the commercial meat market, but skin is not. What agricultural animals have that wild animals DON’T is globs of fat deliberately put there to increase the profits of producers.  And this goes for grass fed cattle, free-range chickens and other agricultural animals perceived to be ‘healthy alternatives’. 

Below are some photos to illustrate what I mean.  The top three are photos of organically raised, agricultural chickens. The next two are grass-fed ground Bison, complete with nutritional label showing the labeling deceptions regarding fat content.  The last three are, from top of bottom, a de-feathered wild bird I found in my driveway, a game bird photo sent to me by an RMF’r, and the meat and organs of a wild rabbit killed by a dog in my care. 

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Organic Chicken Thighs
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Organic Game Hen
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Organic Mature Chicken
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Organic Ground Bison (note the front label says 10% fat)
Grass Fed Ground Bison (Back label shows the truth — 55% fat)
Wild Bird with only feathers removed
Wild Pheasant with only feathers and skin removed
Wild Rabbit meat and organs

Nora: Is there not an obvious problem here?  Dogs evolved eating those animals in the bottom three photos. 

And before you think the solution is to just feed wild prey or animals that resemble them, there are a couple things to bear in mind:

  1. Wild meats like those shown in these photos are not available to the vast majority of raw feeders and potential raw feeders.
  2. I have not fed wild prey animals in the entire 20 years I’ve been raw feeding.  I have fed almost entirely regular, supermarket meats like the ones in the top row, with fat closely trimmed.  I have had nothing but success doing this, and others who apply RMF methods do as well. 

Veterinarians promote unhealthy things to keep our dogs sick.

I don’t believe that veterinarians are in it for the money – I was surprised by the amount of anti-veterinarian messages in the book.  While I know that there are some anti-raw vets out there, I have been fortunate to meet more pro-dog veterinarians who are open to raw feeding.  However, just because I’ve had more positive experiences than negative; I don’t want to take away from someone’s experience with a pet professional.

Nora: Here there is a fundamental misunderstanding and mischaracterization of my position on vets.  The disparaging things I say about the industry are not directed at individuals.  Nor is my condemnation related to the experiences I’ve had with individual vets. 

My goal in promoting RMF is to teach owners how to feed their dogs and to basically never see them again.  I want them to be independent not only of the vet industry, but of me as well.  And that’s what happens with the majority of people I’ve taught (my subscription membership represents a tiny minority).  That’s my business model.  This is, by far, the best thing for dogs AND owners.  It’s certainly not the best for business!  And that’s why it’s not the business model practiced by the veterinary industry. 

If anyone going through vet school realizes what veterinary medicine is really about while in training, they will cull themselves out of the field.  They will go do something with a more solid foundation.  The ones who are left to practice veterinary medicine are either ok with what the veterinary educational system has become (basically a supplier of drug and supplement reps) or they haven’t realized that basing a business model on keeping sickness cyclical and repetitive is not what’s best for dogs.  I would venture to say that most of them don’t even realize that there is a better way.  I guarantee that the words “removal of cause” are never mentioned in vet school unless they think there is some germ that needs killing.  If more vets and vet students were thinking like dog owners, with the same GOALS as dog owners (life-long health, free from medical intervention), I would never have had to develop RMF. 

Whenever I hear backlash about veterinarians, I think of this video by a veterinarian giving a TedX about her day:

Nora: I regard the person in this video to be as much a victim of industry as pets and pet owners.  I would not ordinarily broach the subject of high suicide rate among vets, but since the speaker does, I’ll just say there’s an important clue there as to what the real wider problem is.  The typical day that this woman in the video walks us through certainly sounds challenging and stressful.  But, to the extent that it merely blames “stress”, I think it seriously misdirects us away from the real cause of vet suicide.  It is not the stress of having a full schedule or having to make difficult decisions that causes the veterinary suicide rate.  Vets are not special in that regard.  There are many stressful occupations that do not have high suicide rates.  I think the main problem that sets vets apart is that they see the animals in their care not getting better.  They see the misery in the faces of their clients as they watch their animals suffer.  They are powerless to help them, and they know it.  They were simply not taught the information they need to help their clients in the meaningful ways they would like to.  This is a great psychological burden for anyone to carry, and I blame industry for it.  It’s industry I condemn for making the selling of products and services its #1 goal rather than doing what’s best for animals. 

I have nothing but compassion for a person who loves animals so much that they want to dedicate their lives to making them well.  The medical industry has very insidiously and cleverly implanted the idea in the population’s collective head that the best thing to do if you REALLY care about humans or animals is to go to medical or vet school.  This is not the truth, it’s just a perception.  It’s basically a commercial for the medical industry, which is a business, after all.

There probably was a time when medicine in general, and the veterinary field in particular, were the altruistic endeavors that people still imagine them to be.  Sadly, that model does not exist anymore.  If it did, people like Tom Lonsdale wouldn’t have been vilified by his peers for advocating a raw diet back when it wasn’t popular. 

Sweet potatoes are great for dogs on plant days.

I don’t consider starchy vegetables as species-appropriate – I prefer to limit organic sweet potatoes to treating diarrhea and loose stool. Thankfully, sweet potatoes are low glycemic (54).  The RMF model recommends cooked sweet potatoes because they’ll add some sweetness to the meal that replicates overripe fruit, which is “universally loved by dogs.”

I don’t know if wild dogs will eat sweet potatoes, but the point of adding them is to replicate overripe fruit.  Since berries and other fruits aren’t ripe year-round, we feed sweet potatoes in their place.

Nora: It’s true that yams and sweet potatoes are cheap, easy to store and replicate fruit so well that they can be a good replacement for fruit when ripe fruit can’t be had.  But people also perceive them to be more satisfying for dogs, and they probably are.  Anything that’s denser, that’s a little more difficult for the body to process, is going to be perceived as “more satisfying”, especially if it’s combined with other dense foods like quinoa.  It is seen to be “satisfying” because it keeps the body busy with digestion so that it cannot cleanse.  It’s a way of slowing down healing, cleansing and “detox”.  Healing still proceeds, but at a slower pace.   

Smelt are raw sardines; canned sardines should NEVER be fed.

I had to look this one up.  Smelt are not the same as sardines; smelt looks similar to sardines (and anchovies), but they are not the same fish. Of course, Mr. Google could be wrong here, but I believe him.

The book also states that we shouldn’t feed canned sardines because the cooking process makes the protein and bones indigestible.  I disagree.  From experience, the bones in canned sardines (if there are any) are mushy. Of course, this is just my experience with products available in my area of the country.

Nora: There are a million different species of small fishes.  It doesn’t matter what you call them, if you subject them to very high temperatures and put them in a can, especially with questionable ingredients like salt, oil and spices, they are entirely inappropriate foods for dogs.  Small canned fish, unless otherwise identified on the label, are known generically as “sardines”.  When I’ve referred to sardines in the past, I was talking about canned fish.  I usually use the word “smelt” rather than “sardines” when referring to raw small fishes in order to convey that I do not mean canned fish.  To my knowledge, ALL small fishes are appropriate for dogs as long as they are fed raw.

Every raw feeder knows that cooked bones are bad news.  These same people seem to lose their ability to reason when the bone in question is very small and cooked until it is “mushy”.  It does not matter what its physical appearance or properties are, the body cannot use it.  It can no more use the mushy bones of a canned sardine than it can the cooked bone of a chicken leg.  It doesn’t matter how small the particle is, it’s not going to be USABLE by the body.  Termites cannot thrive on ashes, and dogs cannot thrive on cooked bones, even very small particles of cooked bones.  It’s like saying that refined sugar that is dissolved in liquids is more nutritious and less harmful than sugar in granulated form. 

Eggs are bad for dogs.

According to the book, while eggs make a regular appearance in many raw diets, they should only be fed a couple of times a week due to the high fat and “because certain proteins in eggs interfere with the absorption of some nutrients.” page 79

I think the book is referring to overfeeding egg whites or feeding egg whites only (which I did see one post about someone feeding egg whites only in the RMF group).  The egg whites can act as a biotin blocker, which is why I lightly cook (poached, sunny side up, soft boiled) the eggs that I feed to my dogs. Cooking deactivates the nutrient in the egg whites that act as a biotin blocker.  To address the fat, I reduce the other ingredients in the bowl when adding eggs to their meal.

Nora: I leave the feeding of eggs to the dog owner because some people have chickens or other cheap sources of healthy eggs that make them a very easy food source for dogs.  If these kinds of eggs were available to me, I’d probably feed them once in a while.  I would not cook them, however, I’d just feed them infrequently.

Dogs are omnivores, not humans.  

I believe that dogs are opportunistic carnivores.  Just look at the teeth and their counter/garbage can tendencies.  In the book, the author references a study…

“One study of Yellowstone wolves found that their consumption of prey dropped by 25% during the summer months when other foods (fruits, primarily( were more accessible.  Even when the wolves in the study had abundant food, they only ate fresh prey every 2-3 days on average.” page 41

However, according to the National Park Service (NPS.gov), the following is what has been documented about the feeding habits of Yellowstone wolves.

  • Feeding habits: generalist carnivore; scavenges when possible and has been known to eat small amounts of vegetation
  • Primary food sources in Yellowstone: Winter: elk (>96%), bison (3-4% and increasing in recent years; deer (1.5%); Spring: elk (89%), bison (7%), deer (7.1%); Summer: elk (85%), bison (14.1%), deer (<1%)
  • Elk killed per month per wolf: 1.83 elk/wolf/month during winter
  • Elk killed per year per wolf: 18-22 elk/wolf/year (all age classes, including neonate calves)
  • Kilogram per wolf per day needed for survival: 3.25 kg/wolf/day; can eat 15-20% of body weight in one sitting

This contradicts what I read in the book.  But, then again, dogs aren’t wolves.

Nora: Dogs and wolves aren’t the same thing, it’s true.  Otherwise, we wouldn’t have separate names for them.  But we’re talking about digestive faculties here.  If you took said faculties out of a wolf and a Pomeranian and put them side by side on a table, the size would be the only tip off.  That’s the important take away.

It is hard to find information about what wolves eat other than prey because it’s true that most of their diet is composed of it.  Researchers also seem more fascinated with predation than the more mundane feeding behaviors we dog owners might be interested in. 

In addition, some of the information that gives us further evidence of the ability dogs have to subsist on fruits, sometimes for extended periods, has only recently come to light.  Following are a couple of examples. 

This is from “Weekly Summer Diet of Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) in Northeastern Minnesota” by Thomas Gable, et al, published on ResearchGate.com. 

“As deer fawn decreased in diet, berries (primarily Vaccinum spp. and Rubus spp.) became the primary food type and composed 68% (range: 56–83%) of weekly diet during 16 July–19 August (Figs. 2C–F). Berries were only detected during 9 July–26 August. Snowshoe hare made up a small percentage of the diet during 24 June–19 August but were a substantial food item during 20 August–6 October, constituting 34% (range: 13–47%) of weekly wolf diet, making it the primary food item during this period. Beavers were a small percentage (%13%) of the diet except during 3 September–16 September (28% of the weekly diet). Small mammals constituted 3% of wolf diet (Fig. 2F).” 

Here’s a video of those same wolves eating blueberries.

In his book “Wolves: Ecology, Behavior and Conservation”, L. David Mech writes: 

“Radio collared wolves in the lowlands of central Italy have been monitored as they moved through mature vineyards,” and goes on to say: “Fruit may provide vitamins for wolves in summer, as even in North America it is not uncommon to find seeds from raspberries and blueberries in wolf scats.  Cherries, berries, apples, pears, figs, plums, melon and watermelon have all been reported in wolf scats.” 

How I Changed My Dog’s Diet Based on RMF

So, I know this post is a lot but you’re almost finished.

People have thoughts about rotational mono-feeding.  I think the RMF group is on to something that there was a lot more that I agreed with than disagreed with and this is why I changed my dogs’ diet.

I do agree that wolves and wild dogs offer us an insight on how to feed our dogs, so, as I was reading the RMF book, I struggled with the massive amounts of vegetables in the diet.

Nora: This is a misunderstanding that I’ve addressed previously.  Nobody needs to feed vegetables, since dogs are not vegetable eaters.  If “vegetables” in the above context means all vegetable matter, it should be clear by now that:

  1.  Eating fruit as a way to fill in prey gaps has given dogs a biological and evolutionary advantage historically.
  2. Vegetable matter should be included in the diet to the extent that it is needed in order to satisfy a dog owner’s feeding frequency needs.  In other words, as a replacement for fasting days. 

I get the logic, but I don’t completely agree with the conclusion – that dogs should be fed vegetables separately from food, several days a week.

Nora: Vegetables are food, so I assume what is meant here is separately from meat. 

The book references David Mech’s observation that wolves eat everything except the stomach contents.  My observation with my dogs is that they eat the entire animal – fur, brain, organs, and stomach contents.  So does local carnivorous wildlife because we don’t stumble upon partially consumed animals.

Nora: Small animals are entirely consumed by wolves, of course.  I do not contend that wolves “eat everything except stomach contents”.  They may well leave some of the larger bones, antlers and hide, among other parts.  Our “not stumbling upon partially consumed animals” doesn’t mean anything.  Whatever is not eaten by the initial predator is either quickly decomposed (if it’s plant matter) or is eaten by other scavengers.  Regarding the stomach contents of large ungulates, here is the citation from Page 123 of Dr. Mech’s book “Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation”.

“Wolves usually tear into the body cavity of large prey and…consume the larger internal organs, such as lungs, heart, and liver. The large rumen [, which is one of the main stomach chambers in large ruminant herbivores,]…is usually punctured during removal and its contents spilled. The vegetation in the intestinal tract is of no interest to the wolves, but the stomach lining and intestinal wall are consumed, and their contents further strewn about the kill site.”

Further evidence of this phenomenon comes from Neville Buck of the Howletts and Port   Lympney Zoological Parks, who kept copious notes about the feeding behaviors of the Timber Wolves kept there.  Tom Lonsdale published these in his book “Raw Meaty Bones”.  In Mr. Buck’s description of what is eaten and in which order, he says: 

“The rumen is usually dragged across the enclosure; when this ruptures, the contents are left where they lie. … The contents of the rumen are frequently rolled on by all members of the pack”

Raw feeders who oppose the feeding of plant matter altogether use the above information to claim that plant matter plays no role in the diets of wild dogs.  This is obviously not the case, considering the previously cited observations of wolves eating fruit in abundance.  If anything, the above observations about discarded stomach contents may provide evidence that predigested grasses and leafy matter are not appropriate for canids.

This leads me to believe that I feed them too many vegetables, so I made the following changes to their diet.  These changes are my way of incorporating some of the theories I learned by studying RMF with what I already know about my dogs… 

1 – Instead of eliminating all vegetation from the bowl on “meat days,” I reduced the number of vegetables (Dr. Harvey’s) in my meal prep by 75%. I also mix Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm with plant-based meals.

2 – Instead of feeding twice daily, I feed three times daily with the heaviest meal being in the morning, a lighter meal for lunch, and a small meal for dinner.  For humans, our metabolism is highest in the morning, which is why a big breakfast/light dinner is recommended.

3 – As I’ve already shared, I limited the number of supplements I add to my dogs’ diet.  I’m only supplementing what is necessary, instead of guessing what my dogs need if I notice something.

Nora: There are no supplements that are truly “necessary”, obviously.  If that were the case, then no dog that does not receive them would survive, let alone thrive, as mine have.  “Necessary” means something is needed in order to sustain life.

4 – I’ve reduced the amount of food that my dogs eat by an ounce or two to keep my dogs at a healthy weight.  I also adjust their food based on the activities during the week.  For instance, if the weather is crap or I’m sick and the dogs aren’t getting as much exercise, then they eat less that week.

Nora: I can only see it as a good thing that the dogs are getting less food overall.  But it’s a huge mistake, not to mention nearly impossible, to try and quantify a dog’s consumption needs based on the amount of exercise he gets.  It’s much more important and more empowering to be guided by the presence or absence of symptoms.  When the body is expressing symptoms, it is busy.  It does not need the work of digestion as well.  The only exception to this is during the initial detox period when symptoms may be seen either way.  The issue of how much to feed a dog is a perennial unknown. Dogs vary so widely in their ability to digest various quantities and in their actual fuel needs that the best we can do is guesstimate. While we’re doing that, there is far less risk in underestimating their needs than overestimating them. Excess, in one form or another, is what causes the vast majority of dog disease.

5 – I continue to do two fasting days a week with one meant to replicate a foraging day (I feed vegetables) and the other being a true fast for 20 hours.

Nora: Feeding anything at all would mean that’s not a fasting day.  Fasting means abstaining from all food. 

My Rotational MonoFeeding Schedule

With everything I shared, I can tell you that I love the idea behind RMF. I’ve spent the past five weeks learning more about the diet by following discussions in the Facebook group, re-reading the book, and following up with other research. I have adopted much of what I learned and created a feeding schedule that works for my dogs.

I feed my dogs between the hours of 9-10 am and 6 pm; the dogs have a 15 hour overnight fast each day. On Fasting Days, I either feed raw goat’s milk or a vegetable/quinoa mix. The vegetable mix includes broccoli, cauliflower rice, green beans, and quinoa (a seed, not a grain), along with a small number of carrots and sweet potatoes.

  • SUN – FAST or PLANT
  • MON – MEAT
  • TUE – MEAT
  • WED – MEAT
  • THU – FAST or PLANT
  • FRI – MEAT
  • SAT – MEAT

I’m still new to Rotational MonoFeeding and making adjustments as I learn more about RMF and what my dogs need. I don’t believe that RMF is better than BARF, Prey, or the NRC model – I think it’s something different that will work for many dogs and there are dogs that won’t be a good fit for RMF.

Nora: There IS something special about RMF that separates it from other methods.  I didn’t develop it so that I could have a gimmicky new dog feeding method to market.  There is so much product marketing going on in the world and so little genuine problem-solving, that people tend to confuse the two! 

I developed RMF in response to a PROBLEM that I had in my OWN LIFE.  Namely, dogs that had recurring, chronic health issues.  I wanted answers that I was not getting from the PMR and BARF advocates. RMF is the next step in the evolution of home dog feeding. It’s where PMR and BARF would go if they followed the evidence instead of getting stuck in their thinking.

RMF IS, by its adaptable nature, designed to fit every dog.  The part that typically doesn’t “fit” is the part that requires owners to suspend their belief systems and previous teachings.  These most often originate from, or are heavily influenced by, the many industries that attempt to sway dog owners on the subject of what to feed their dogs.  People just do not realize how much of their thinking comes from marketing messages disguised as objective information.

I think that’s what’s getting in the way here, basically.  In order to do RMF properly, one really has to start with a clean slate, unfettered by previous teachings.  Or at the very least, a person needs to think more critically about those ideas and give the new ones a fair opportunity to demonstrate that they work. To whatever extent that was done here, I’m very appreciative. I hope that this article helps clarify some of the misperceptions that are made about RMF.

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4 thoughts on “Correcting Some Misunderstandings about RMF”

  1. Thanks very much Nora, this was a very useful article. Regarding Vet suicides, I think it’s a lot more complicated. Some of it might be down to guilt, but vets have easy access to very powerful drugs, farmers have similarly high rates of suicide and they have easy access to guns.

    But both are involved with killing animals on a regular basis, i’m sure this has an effect on most people. Both occupations can involve a lot of working alone. Vets are 99% of the time from middle to upper middle class families, farmers often are forced to carry on the farm from their parents. But there are many other occupations like that, thats why I think its rather more sadly, simply because suicide is easier for vets and farmers.

    I never once read it as you ‘being hard on vets’. You say in the book vets are just doing what they have been told is good for pets. I have a vet sister though, and I would never show her your book!

    I’ll be eternally grateful for your work, I feel totally blessed to have discovered it as you are clearly maligned on the internet. Anything that gets more views than a few thousand or comes up early on search engines is not to be trusted.

  2. Michele Hays

    Interesting article! We are a year and a half into our RMF journey, We had never fed raw, so jumping in from kibble fed was a long jump indeed! But the common sense approach of feeding what and HOW wolves and other wild canines eat was all I needed to get started and never look back. My 3 yr old Boxer had been diagnosed with severe “allergies”. So many foods on the list there was no way to eliminate all of them, and even if I could, the list of environmental triggers was even longer. My vets solution was a life sentence of steroids, Apoquel and antihistamines. Buddy’s personality just doesn’t fit the whimpy kid with an inhaler. 18 months on RMF and Buddy is free from the itching and rashes and hives and gunky ears and I could never thank Nora enough for giving me my beautiful, naughty and healthy boxer boy!

  3. Melina Singh

    Excellent responses to Kim’s message on RMF. It’s a mini-education by itself. Thank you so much Nora. It is so important that RMFers keep reading and re-reading your book, blogs, and facebook posts (all the interaction) to understand the wisdom of the RMF way and realize it is the closest to nature a dog can get via diet. I am so happy to learn your method. Such freedom indeed and good health!
    My senior boy is enjoying the fruits as much as he does his meats. It took about 3-6 months to get him to really relish his foods and to incorporate the diet a la the RMF method, but it’s so worth it. It pays to keep reading the book, the posts, and now the blogs! It is truly un-learning the clutter of the medical and food industry (supplements et al) and it does take time – but the goal is to realize that this is the closest to health for our animals via food and to not give up!
    No more vet bills…hooray!
    You are such Godsend for us. Stay blessed.

  4. Sherri Harding

    Wow, just wow!! Nora, you are so so experienced in these matters! This conversation is a wealth of wisdom. My dogs are a great example of what RMF can do for vibrant health and longevity. I started RMF when my 5 dogs were ages: 9yrs, 10yrs-and 6yrs. They had been on a 15% plant, 85% meat bone organ mix, (basically)since birth . One or two of them had begun having morning bile vomits, and the 6 yr old Coco had anal gland issues, and cysts, and a dime sized tumor under her jaw. Two girls had several teeth that had gotten loose and smelly (too much acid/meat) and the vet pulled them. (I always brush all 5 dogs’ teeth every day, so it wasn’t neglect). There were other more subtle signs of failing health as they aged.
    We’ve been on the RMF plan of five or six fruit days and one or two random meat days a week. It’s been a year and the tumor is gone under Coco’s jaw and she rarely has anal gland issues. Her cysts have not all gone away yet. She is skinny and we are working on restoring her gut health and she has shown improvement in the way of quality of stools. She finally is consistently having smaller, more solid stools. Her father died at 9 from cancer in his bowel and surrounding areas and chronic anal gland issues. I prayed for guidance so Coco would be well and live long. I love her so much! God sent me NORA! You are making such a difference in the lives of our beloved pets, which in turn takes the burden off our shoulders as we see them heal and thrive. We need the comfort of healthy happy dogs as we go through planetary upheaval and instability. Much love and gratitude! Sherri Harding

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