February 8, 2018

Transitioning: A common concern...

I don't like to go on and on ad-nauseum about how great it is to spend time with our fantastic retail partners and fellow pet lovers at RAWZ demos; for two reasons. I mean to be honest, as the middle child I don't usually get that much air-time, and, my dad might make me pay him an hourly rate to work if he thinks I'm having too much fun! However, it is talking with the extended RAWZ community at these events that gives me direction for most of my posts. That said, one concern I often hear from pet parents is that that diet changes cause digestion distress, usually emphasized by recounting a recent challenging experience!

So why is it you may ask would moving to a superior diet like RAWZ pose any challenges, isn't a better food supposed to be easier? I can really identify with these concerns, not just in regards to difficulty with change myself (Mom calls it stubbornness, while I prefer "difficulty with change"), but with some understanding of an animal's GI systems.

There are a few important factors that make changing a pets' diet particularly challenging. First and perhaps most obvious is that because pets typically eat the same exact diet exclusively for great periods of time the GI tract becomes conditioned. Like human's, pets GI systems, while adaptable, become conditioned to the macronutrient breakdown of their eating pattern. However; for pets who eat the same meal so consistently, any change or transition to something new will take time to adjust. Common difficulties are loose stools or diarrhea, which while messy and inconvenient, generally don't indicate serious problems. Prolonged vomiting should not occur and your veterinarian's assistance can be sought.

We can all probably relate to sitting down to a unique meal or treat and having it seemingly disappear from our plate. With pets shifting to a new diet this phenomenon is referred to as the novelty factor. When a pet gobbles a food down faster than usual some digestive strain can occur.

Lastly, RAWZ's high meat content and minimally processed ingredients can take time for a pet's system to adjust to, which is to be expected. Generally, pets on raw diets see almost no intestinal distress when incorporating RAWZ, and those on grain-free, higher meat diets transition quite smoothly. With these factors in mind, we recommended transitioning to feeding 100% RAWZ in 5-7 days. An addition of a 20% portion of RAWZ (to the total food fed each day) usually yields good results.

January 4, 2018

Grateful for 2017....Hello 2018!

Wow: Time sure does seem to be flying by! As I sit here we are being blasted by the monster winter storm "Grayson's" blizzard conditions. While the amount of inconvenience a storm of this magnitude causes is great, spending most of the day lounging with Clooney has given me time to reflect.

The last 12 months have been very exciting for RAWZ, both concerning the growing number of pet owners choosing THE NEXT BEST THING TO FEEDING RAW and watching the impact made by The RAWZ Fund's amazing non-profit partners! I can personally attest to the spirit among the Krempels Center's membership being vibrant with the program thriving; After attending an evening highlighting Northeast Passage's multi-faceted therapeutic recreation offerings I was inspired; and finally, simply by watching the powerful bonds between service dogs and their human companion in the community (don't forget Earle, fellow adaptive sailor Chris' awesome NEADS trained Lab has his own FB page!) is truly moving!

The movement towards less processing and overall recognition of the benefits that a raw diet provides among pet owners is extremely synergistic with the RAWZ nutritional Philosophy. So here's to helping people and pets in 2018 and beyond!

December 5, 2017

Choosing our focus

A trip to any pet store nowadays can be a dizzying experience. With many brands expressing why their products are the best with formulation tweaks to convince consumers that the food is a "perfect fit" for each pet's life-stage or breed. I don't doubt that most people working in animal nutrition love pets and strive to produce quality products; but with all the different messages putting value on varied aspects of nutrition products in the space, I thought I'd take a moment to reiterate our compass.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record in that I've previously blogged about "RAWZ's primary purpose!" being the health of your pet, I wanted to clarify what exactly that means. If you look carefully at some packaging out there, you'll be left confused as to what the manufacturer finds important. Some brands use what is often called the "everything, but the kitchen sink" theory of branding: the claims and attributes listed are so voluminous as to be sure to include the latest catch phrase! While I'm not here to minimize anyone's efforts to be different, RAWZ's only concern is the well being and internal health of your pet!

"So what about the RAWZ Fund and your causes?" you may ask. The truth is that while certainly providing the RAWZ team with motivation and the reward of seeing people benefit, the genesis of RAWZ was the acknowledgement of a need for a minimally-processed, premium alternative to feeding raw. While we're blessed to be able to give 100% of our profits to causes close to our hearts: Pets and their families deserved the wide gap from a nutritionally complete and balanced raw diet to the heavily processed products on the market be filled. Enter the Next Best Thing to Feeding Raw...RAWZ!

November 4, 2017

Gratitude Month!!!

It's probably not a great reflection on me, but it seems that I rarely take time to pause and just be grateful for the abundance of blessings in my life. While I am indeed very appreciative of how fortunate I am in so many ways; when the calendar turns to November each year and talk of gratitude seems to abound, I become much more aware of the grace around me.

I really do think gratitude is infectious! How else can I explain why I woke up at 5:15 on this chilly Saturday morning to the sound of Clooney begging for his RAWZ breakfast feeling grateful? This week at Krempels Center we talked about gratitude, citing national gratitude month in a creative art group when making gratitude journals on November 1st. I've been pleased to not have any difficulty recording something each day, albeit only a few days in now, but I may be noticing a trend :)

This got me thinking of the things RAWZ has to be grateful for, not just in regards to my involvement as an employee, but as a movement to help people and pets through minimally processed nutrition! While there is no shortage of groups deserving our thanks, I'd like to focus on two here: Our trusted independent retail partners (indies) and you the pet parent.

While my father has always had an affinity for indies and a value for the role they can play in promoting premium pet nutrition, as someone new to the business, I must say that I am on the learning curve. I'm beginning to see how big a role these hardworking independent, pet retail-store owners and their associates can play in providing pet parents not only great products, but also the information to make an informed decision. With RAWZ, our retail partners have embraced our commitment to protein quality and less processing's benefits to the health of the animal.

Obviously, the causes supported by 100% of RAWZ Natural Pet Food's profits hold tremendous personal meaning to all of us at the company, but seeing how most people involved with us so far (pet owners and retailers) have taken the cause-based initiative to heart has been moving! It is the pet parents who have taken the time to educate themselves about the benefits of minimal processing and trust us with their pet's health, to whom we truly give thanks! Without your love and devotion to pets, RAWZ would not be able to deliver pets THE NEXT BEST THING TO FEEDING RAW!