RawFest 2017

RawFest 2017

It's RawFest 2017, our weekend celebration of all things raw! If you have never heard of raw, feed partially raw, want to learn more about raw, are considering feeding raw, feel raw full time, or curious about raw, then this is an event for you!

It's RawFest 2017, our weekend celebration of all things raw! If you have never heard of raw, feed partially raw, want to learn more about raw, are considering feeding raw, feel raw full time, or curious about raw, then this is an event for you!

Celebrating a Raw Diet

All this weekend, we will have different companies in store handing out samples, celebrating with promotions, and answering all of your wonderful questions! No question is too small or too big. At The Pet Beastro, we have diligently selected the brands we carry because they meet our Beastro promise. We want you to feel confident that your selection and options you choose for your pet are only the best.

Your First Steps Toward Raw

Raw can be a scary endeavor if you have never used it before. At first, you can feel overwhelmed from a change in the routine - remembering that you need to thaw food or maybe feeling concerned and uncertain whether or not your dog or cat will like it. Then the choices can also be an overwhelming challenge. Each brand of raw food at our store has a unique and different story so their are benefits to each.

My Path to Raw

I first learned about raw feeding when I was still in college. Our family dog was diagnosed with cancer and my parents wanted to go the extra length to keep him happy to the end. We were introduced to feeding our dog raw around 1998. Although my mother grew up on farm where the dogs were fed meat scraps, the pet food industry makes it easy to pick up a bag of bland dry kibble food just about anywhere, which is one reason why she quickly forgot about the power of raw meals. Sasha, my Siberian Husky, was my first dog and was transitioned onto a raw diet shortly after she came to live with me. She had a bout of digestion issues that were not easily cleared with conventional medicine and prescription foods. I listened to my gut and what we had learned with our family dog and I switched her to raw. Her digestion issues cleared up within 36 hours (after a three-week battle).

I quickly transcended myself into the pet food world in 2005 when I received my first bulk order of Oma’s Pride raw food. Amazingly at that time, there were few raw companies on the market and very few people understood what I was feeding my pets. The raw food market has grown so drastically that now there are even “bad” raw foods to avoid, just like kibble. I appreciate all the new companies who have come on the scene to preach about the benefits of a raw diet and how they are improving the industry’s thoughts and misconceptions about a raw diet.

Benefits of Feeding Raw

There are so many benefits to starting your pet on a raw diet, among those:

  • Better health
  • Less water consumption
  • Firmer, more consistent, less smelly stool
  • Weight loss (or gain if needed)
  • Better temperament
  • More satisfied meal time
  • Mouth health
  • Supportive to reducing high liver enzymes
  • Beneficial for dogs diagnosed with pancreatitis
  • Less skin allergies, itching, scratching, hot spots, etc.
  • Softer fur, less dander, shiny coat
  • Improve gut health
  • Less taxing on the digestive system organs
  • Higher bioavailable nutrients

So if you're curious about feeding raw or are already on your way and are looking for some new options to try for your pet, join us this weekend at RawFest. We're kicking things off on Thursday, August 17th with a free viewing of Pet Fooled, a 70-minute documentary providing an investigative expose of the inner workings of the commercial pet food industry. Sponsored by Primal, we'll enjoy light movie refreshments and have time to discuss the movie after viewing. Visit our Facebook page for more information about reserving tickets by August 15th.

 

 

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