Joint Health and A Fresh, Homemade Diet

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Feed your dog a fresh, high-quality diet! 

Seems too simple, right? 

Common sense, maybe?

It wasn’t until I started feeding a homemade diet did I have an “aha moment.” And only after feeding homemade diets to my dogs, I realized that it was common sense to feed my dogs a fresh, high-quality diet.

Prior to preparing fresh meals for my dogs, I thought I already was feeding my dogs a high-quality diet (a prescription dry food labeled for arthritis). I thought I was providing my elderly dogs with the best that was available for their arthritis. 

I originally switched to a homemade diet for my dog’s mental health, and then I realized all the other health benefits it provided. 

These are the changes I saw and continue to see that help my dogs’ joint health:0EEA7B27-8656-4759-8E35-3B703B7165B5

  • They LOVE dinner time; it’s a major event that my dogs look forward to! Looking back, I feel that they ate their dry food out of hunger and nothing more. Now my dogs truly enjoy their meals; there’s no turning back! 
  • Weight-loss. I realize now that my dogs were in a never ending cycle of weight-gain and pain when they were fed their “high-quality” dry food. The pain from their arthritis kept my dogs inactive, hence the weight gain. And then the weight gain caused their arthritis to increase, hence the inactivity.                                                                                                             
  • Increased activity level. Without the excess weight, my dogs are eager to exercise. They no longer dread the nightly walk; in fact they now insist on it! The pep in their step helps me too, ats I have to walk faster to keep up with the crew!     
  • Decreased pain from activities. Even after their fast-paced, longer evening walks, I no longer have to reach for NSAIDS (pain pills) when we get home. Refined carbohydrates are associated with inflammation, and since a fresh, homemade diet does not contain refined carbs, my dogs’ inflammation has decreased.
  • Increased muscle tone. My elderly puppies hind limbs’ muscle tone increased as their activity levels increased. They went from flabby to chic!
  • Increased overall health, mentally and physically.

Before preparing their meals, my 13 year old dog, Roni, didn’t have any true interest in physical activities.  Now…

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If you have any questions or feedback concerning joint health, please leave a reply.

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for highlighting many benefits of a raw diet that I hadn’t considered-
    I knew going raw changed our 12 year old Golden’s life but not until seeing your list had I realized just how much!
    Seeing his energy increase & weight loss inspired me to look into how my family’s health could benefit from the same principles…I’ve started cutting out refined carbs myself & now I can keep up with his increased energy!
    Thank you-keep em coming!

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