This post is sponsored by Vital Essentials. They gave us some food in exchange for writing a review. Free doesn’t equal good to us though so everything we say about the product is honest and really how we feel.
We haven’t been very good at K9 Kamp this time around. I have been swamped with homework and having a hard time adjusting my schedule to fit the life of a student.
The challenge of doing “30 minutes extra, 3 – 4 times a week” has turned into “do anything”. We’re also doing it Kolchak-Puggle style and counting it even if it is not done all at once (or conversely, IS done all at once).
Since the beginning of Kamp, Chester and Gretel’s exercise sessions have consisted of a couple of walks, a hike where they did 7 – 30 minute sessions all at once, and Zoomies around the house.
The Zoomies are really Chester running around the house and fetching toys…repeatedly….which he hasn’t done since he was a pup…or ever. This activity was not planned but we are going with it.
Chester never really was one to chase stuff (well, cats and squirrels but not toys). He must have been learning while watching Gretel these past couple of years. He still never showed interest or spunk when the toys were being tossed about though.
Over the last two years we have gone from feeding standard kibble to grain-free kibble to a quarter raw diet to a half raw diet to a three-quarter raw diet (raw most of the time unless we are sleepy at 5 am and grab kibble because we forgot to thaw out the food). Through all of those transitions I didn’t see any changes in the common places most people do – cleaner teeth, shinier coat, less-stanky breath (especially NOT the breath) or energy levels.
I continued to feed Chester and Gretel raw food despite seeing no outward changes because I knew it was making them healthier in the place I couldn’t see – the inside. I don’t want to say I was skeptical about feeding raw food – I believed everyone who said they saw great changes – it was just a take it or leave it thing for us.
That was until two months ago. While at Superzoo earlier this year I had the opportunity to meet the guys at Vital Essentials and learn about their raw food. They offered to send me a couple packages to try. I picked the bloody beef-tripe patties because they looked different from any raw food Chester and Gretel had eaten.
I had never really fed Chester and Gretel beef before. All of the raw food that they ate was primarily chicken, duck, lamb, etc. I don’t know if it is because the Vital Essentials Beef Patties are red meat, or because they are based on the whole prey model and also contain meaty bones and whole organ meats, but my 11-year old man has been acting like a kid again.
We like this new Chester. He practically annoys us into being active because he is so excited about chasing things now (annoying because he wants to play when we sit down to eat dinner…or sleep…things like that). I believe it is the Vital Essentials Beef Patties that have made all the difference so now I am kind of afraid to switch to anything else long-term.
If you want to learn more about Vital Essentials, check out the detailed write up on Dog Food Advisor.
Have you ever switched your dog’s food (not necessarily to raw) and seen changes in their energy level or appearance (please….do let me know if you found something to cure stanky, gut-rot breath)?