Is Your Aging, Raw-Fed Dog Having Issues?

I just received yet another email from an owner of a raw-fed dog who is having symptoms of “allergies” and arthritis. She’d been feeding raw for 2 years, under the supervision of a ‘homeopathic nutritionist’.  I’m reminded of the problems my own dog had when I was feeding raw meat exclusively. This included going deaf from chronic ear inflammation at age 9 after 8 years of being 100% raw.  It was only after I stopped feeding meat every day (alternating with fasting and days where only plant foods were fed) that my dog stopped having health problems, including ear “infections”. 

Is your dog’s raw diet the best you can do?

So many dog owners are finding that their raw-fed dogs still have issues, even while they’re doing what they think is their absolute best feeding-wise.  Feeding raw in the prey model (PMR) or BARF style is definitely an improvement over what most dogs get fed, especially if it is home-prepared. But at best it’s a half way point.  Very young, active dogs may do well on all meat or nearly-all meat diets for a time.  But invariably, problems arise as PMR or BARF fed dogs get into middle age and older. They experience declining health in the form of decreased mobility, skin inflammation, tumors and worse. 

THE #1 problem with most raw diets

This is because the products of modern animal agriculture create a great deal of waste in a dog’s body. And yes, this even includes “grass fed” and “organic” meats or raw pet food products made from them. It DOES NOT MATTER whether a producer uses intensive feedlot OR free range methods to raise animals, s/he will be wanting the animal to be as heavy as practical and possible at the time of slaughter. Does nature have that same goal? Or does nature require animals to be lithe and athletic and carry ONLY as much fat as is necessary for fuel storage and insulation? Do you begin to see the problem?

Pets get the leftovers

Consider this, as well: The lean parts of agricultural animals are EXPENSIVE to produce. They are NOT wasted on pet food. The human market pays top dollar for them. These lean parts only show up in photos on the labels and websites of pet food producers. Pet food processors can make their products look lean and wholesome on their websites, but the truth is that they use the parts of the animals that are not desired by humans. This otherwise unusable scrap is mostly FATTY, it is CHEAP, and there are VAST QUANTITIES of it being produced by animal agribusiness. No matter how “high end” you think the brand of food you’re feeding is, the producers all dip their buckets in this same river of fatty waste.

“But dogs need fat, don’t they?”

Yes, they do. However, no owner who feeds raw meat on a regular basis needs to worry about their dog getting enough fat. Even when we trim the fat from the foods we feed, there is still a great deal that cannot be removed and shouldn’t even be there. So the concern is always that the dog will get TOO MUCH fat.

The build-up of waste

As I mentioned, very young dogs can handle some of this excess, sometimes well into middle age. However, they will begin to experience problems eventually because the body naturally loses some of its ability to eliminate wastes efficiently with age. This causes the body to become backlogged in its efforts to eliminate wastes, and this accumulation of waste is the primary cause of disease.


The answer is not to abandon the raw diet completely, of course. The best diet for dogs centers around lean raw meat, bones and organs. But owners need to take full charge of what goes into their dogs and stop relying on commercial processors. They also need to recognize that things need to change as a dog ages. That’s why I created the flowchart in my book that allows owners to go back periodically and review what they’re feeding to stay abreast with the changes that happen naturally due to age. No other feeding plan offers more flexibility and tailor-ability than RMF.

It is never too late!

Those who learn the skills of proper feeding when their dogs are puppies typically never have issues to begin with. But with so many industries conspiring to keep pet owners in the dark, very often people don’t find the information they need till their senior dog is already in trouble. I want to say one thing LOUD AND CLEAR: it is never too late for a dog owner to discover the real underlying causes of his/her dog’s declining health AND do something about it. Most often, the problems are resolvable with DIET ALONE. 

Empower yourself

No vet, conventional or ‘holistic’, is taught this information.  No canine nutritionist, no homeopath, no pet practitioner of any kind.  And it’s easy to see why the pet sickness industry has no interest in either knowing or sharing this information.  Once a dog owner is empowered with the information that really works, there is nothing to buy except FOOD.  Real food, the kind in a regular grocery store, where people buy their own food.  No products or services, no remedies, no supplements, no fancy oils, pastes or powders, and especially no drugs.  Nothing except real food. 

Every day in my Facebook group we are hearing success stories from people who tried literally everything else to resolve their dogs’ health issues. They only got results when they tried the methods outlined in the book.  If you’re having some challenges with your aging dog’s health, there is hope that s/he can regain the physical vigor s/he enjoyed as a young dog.  It happens all the time when people change their diets for the better, and it happens to dogs, too. 

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2 thoughts on “Is Your Aging, Raw-Fed Dog Having Issues?”

  1. Nora,
    My dog has been really sick vomit no eating just wants water,sleeping a lot stinking a lot
    Loose stools that now have some red blood and stink a lot
    I have been trying to do as you have suggested but he won’t eat and now is super
    Thin. What would you do?
    Please help,

  2. Anita Clark

    Just wanted to share info with friends since my dogs are doing so much better with skin issues, and hip pain.

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