I’ve been hesitant about writing about today’s topic/post for a while. I’ve really wanted to do it, but kept thinking, “Advice and suggestions are not the focus of this blog” and this seemed dangerously close to both. Yet, a little voice kept nudging me to do it.
Last summer, Luke (our 5-year-old long-haired German Shepherd) started scratching more than usual and began to lose his fur. We tried changing his food, bathed him with herbal remedies, gave him fish oil supplements, and he just got worse. His once big bushy tail, looked more like a very large rat’s tail, and he had patches of hard, leather-like skin where his fur was completely gone.
Our vet put him on steroids. That worked on the itching until the prescription ran out, and he started itching again. Finally they did a blood-test and determined that he had a poorly functioning thyroid gland (most probably the result of the steroids) and he would have to stay on both thyroid and steroid meds for the rest of his life. We tried this regime for a month but the whole thing felt wrong to me, so I began asking Spirit for a solution.
On a follow-up visit to the vet, the words, “How about trying a raw diet?” just sprang from my mouth. I knew nothing about raw diets at all. Jack and I were both surprised when our vet thought it was a very good idea. I asked him for suggestions on how to get started and he said, ‘There’s a ton of information on-line, find something that appeals to you.” I felt like I was jumping off a cliff when I decided to do this. I didn’t know anyone else* who was feeding this way but it felt right, so we took the plunge.
We switched him completely off his current food and onto a raw (meat and bones) diet and stopped all the meds. He improved almost overnight. He stopped scratching within a few days, seemed to have more energy than he’d had since he was a puppy, and his fur slowly grew back even fuller than before. I also switched the cats to a part raw, part canned diet and the heavy ones lost weight while our light-weights (Noah and Bodhi) gained a little.
One of the reasons why I was hesitant to write about this was I didn’t want anyone (who isn’t doing this type of diet) to feel guilty, defensive, or think I was saying, “This is the only way to feed your pet and you are wrong if you don’t do it.”
But it is also really good information and I felt compelled by something (greater than my concerns about how it might be received) to share it. Maybe it is the answer to someone’s prayer out there. Maybe that is why I felt I had to write this….I’m not sure.
What I am sure of is when something I’m doing doesn’t feel right to me, and I ask the larger, more expanded part of Myself for guidance, it always comes, and I can always trust it.
“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition; an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.”Shakti Gawain
*it wasn’t until after we started Luke on a raw diet that I found out how many other people were doing the same. I even ran into one of the monks (who we had gotten Luke from as a puppy) told him about it, and was very surprised to hear that they used to feed raw too, but it became too much for them (although he thought it was the best diet).