The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is about to vote on a policy against the feeding of raw meat to pets. Specifically the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine will vote to create a policy to "discourage the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans."
Many vegetarian dog owners have questions about whether or not a vegetarian diet for dogs could be feasible or even healthy. After all, much has been made of the fact that dogs are omnivores – meaning they eat both plants and meat. If this is true, shouldn’t they do just as well on plant-based diets as meat-based ones? The answer to this question can be found by looking at the circumstances of canine evolution and examining the anatomy of a dog’s digestive system.
Each dog is one of a kind. His personality, his coat, his nose, and his metabolic type are unique. A dog’s diet should fit his individual needs and will depend on his size, age, activity level and metabolic rate. But just because you have a large dog doesn’t mean he will burn off a large amount of food. Depending on your dog’s metabolic rate, a small dog may require more than his larger, slow-metabolism counterpart. Dogs are omnivores and despite their metabolic rate, they should consume a balanced diet of protein and plant-based foods.
As we’ve discussed before, feeding your dog human food and table scraps isn’t a bad thing – as long as you’re feeding healthy items, along with his natural dog food diet. And while it can be a fun feeling to give Fido a taste of what you’re having, going about it the wrong way can leave your dog with some undesirable habits, like begging.
For a guy who owns a pet food company that touts its Grain-Free products, I sure do eat a lot of gluten. So, it is with great pride that I can say that since April 12, 2012, I have been 100% gluten-free. It all started one night when I came home from an exceptionally long day at the office. It was around 10 pm, and my wife and kids were fast asleep. Given how late it was, you’d think that I’d be a bundle of stress. But on the contrary, I was feeling pretty good. (It must have been a sense of accomplishment from finally finishing my 2011 workers comp insurance audit).
Color can tell us a lot. In some animals, like brightly colored poison dart frogs, it’s a warning signal to keep your distance. But in plants, bright, bold hues send a message: “Nutrition available here!” One of the easiest ways to improve any diet is to consume more brightly colored foods - so long as nature is the one providing the color. In every bag of Sojos, there are three bright orange ingredients that help us deliver the nutrients your dogs needs most: papaya, pumpkin and sweet potato.
It’s no secret that many people love sushi. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also packed with ingredients that are good for you. From brown rice and cucumbers to fish or seafood, sushi is both tasty and healthy. Dogs can experience some of the same health benefits that humans do from many of these ingredients. Because of their nutritional benefits, each bag of Sojos contains kelp and ginger.
The fully stocked shelves at natural foods stores will tell you a lot about how popular vitamins are with people. However, pets can benefit from these health-boosting nutritional helpers, too – that’s why you’ll find them in our raw dog foods.
For millennia, people have used herbs to treat illness and bolster their health. We might not necessarily think of those healing properties when we grab a sprig or a leaf to season our foods, but the value they possess for flavoring is certainly equal to their value to our well-being – and that of our pets.
At Sojos our mission is to provide you with an easy-to-use, made-from-scratch raw dog food that provides your best four-legged friend with nutrition that meets all his body’s needs. We talk a lot about using ingredients that you’d find in your own kitchen, and it’s not just lip service, we really mean it.
News spread Friday that fourteen people spread across nine states had become ill from salmonella poisoning after handling tainted dog food. As an advocate of raw pet food, It was interesting to see that the food in question was a cooked kibble.
Go to any pet food and supply store and it’s easy to feel like you’re suffering from sensory overload. With aisles upon aisles of food options, each touting its own tagline, it can be confusing to make any choice, let alone the one that’s best for your dog. If you find yourself mystified by the multitude of options, let us offer a little extra help.
A lot of considerations drive owners to transition their pets to raw dog food: concerns about health and meeting a dog’s real dietary needs are just some of them. Once you’ve made up your mind to give your dog a raw diet, you have a lot of options when it comes to the kind of protein you’ll be feeding.
One of the biggest challenges we have faced when converting even the most health-conscious pet owner from feeding a kibble or canned diet into a shelf-stable raw dog food diet, like Sojos, is the 15 minutes of soaking time required. Everything is moving along smoothly as new customer reads the bag and smiles at the REAL food they can see through the clear window. Then they read the part in our instructions that says “soak for 15 minutes”.
Your aging dog doesn’t give you any less love than he did as a puppy. But in his golden years, things naturally change – his activity levels might shift into a lower gear, his weight might change and he might face the signs of aging that affect all of us, human or dog, like arthritis, hearing loss or impaired vision. While no owner can stave off all the side effects of growing old for their dog, what you feed him can make an enormous difference in his quality of life.
There’s no doubt about it – interest in feeding raw dog food is strong and growing. As more and more people encounter raw-fed dogs and see how healthy they are, owners look for realistic solutions to do the same for their pets. However, there’s a persistent perception that feeding raw is too expensive to make financial sense, whatever the benefits might be for a dog or cat. But is it true? The simple answer: No. And why not? Here are two key reasons:
One of the greatest benefits of feeding a raw dog food diet is that it can easily be customized. While there are products like Sojos Complete that take all the guesswork out of raw dog food, for owners who want to customize their pets’ meals, raw food mixes without meat are a great option.
Earlier this month the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) passed a resolution discouraging the feeding of raw meat to cats and dogs. During the groundswell of opposition that arose in the weeks prior to the vote, there was much fear and gnashing of teeth among raw feeders (including myself) trying to prevent this resolution from passing. Many worried that the AVMA was trying to ban raw food for pets, or that this ruling would ultimately alter the FDA’s stance on raw diets.
Back in the ’50s and ’60s, the pop culture vision of the distant future – like the all-too-crazy-to-imagine year 2000 – often included people getting all their nutrition in the form of a single capsule. While we live every day in that previously unimaginable future, it seems sillier than ever to think that we could get everything our body needs from a pill instead of real food. And why? Because we’ve wised up, and now we know better than to buy into the idea that synthetic food can be as healthy as real food.