The name 16 Paws and Raw came about due to us having 4 dogs and thus in total have 16 paws.
We originally started with creating a Facebook page for our dogs to post their pictures and adventures, so that the people who were involved in our dogs care before they came to live with us could stay up to date with their new lives.
At the same time I also wanted to use the page to save informative files that I found to be interesting and useful
It soon became apparent that with the amount of files I had collected over the years, that I needed more than just a Facebook page to store all the information on so I thought that If I can benefit from this info, why not share it more widely with others, which led to setting up this website and our Information and support group on Facebook
Why did I start raw feeding you may ask!
I started feeding raw after struggling to find a commercial dog food that would work for all 4 of our dogs.
Our 1st dog Rascal had a flaky smelly skin, suffered with hot spots which resulted in gnawing his paws and constantly scratching, and what I call dog breath.
Our 2nd dog Layla was very skinny when we first got her, suffered from food related allergies, hardly touched her food so no matter what we tried, she would not put weight on.
Our 3rd dog Tia was fine other than having a greasy smelly skin (strong dog smell).
Our 4th dog Loki used to throw up most days and have explosive diarrhoea.
No matter what kibble and tins/trays of meat we tried, we couldn’t find anything that worked for all 4.
Where one would be OK, the other would still be suffering and visa versa. We’ve tried cheap to expensive foods, even hypo allergenic, but simply nothing that was suitable for all four.
As a last resort I started doing research on raw feeding and finally decided to take the plunge.
Since the transfer 2 of our 4 have only been suffering environmental allergies like hay fever. The one dog that would barely eat and was struggling to put weight on, is loving her food now and has gained weight and is maintaining it.
Overall their coats look shiny and feels soft, they don’t smell as bad as they used to, no more smelling breath, whiter teeth, they even seem calmer yet active and bouncy and more focussed instead of hyper and going over the top.
So having seen the transformation in my own dogs and having my own experience with raw, I can definitely recommend it and I for one am not going back to commercial food
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