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Reston Store Has Challenge, Big Prize for Pet Owners

by Karen Goff — July 20, 2015 at 11:00 am 12 Comments

Pet MACHas your pet joined the raw food movement?

PetMAC at Lake Anne Plaza is inviting you to try — and possibly win a year’s supply of raw pet food.

The pet store is participating in the National Raw Pet Food Challenge.The challenge asks contestants who have never fed their pet raw food before to feed them raw food for 30 days as their main source of nutrition.

That means no grains, no kibble, nothing with any chemical preservatives or that is highly processed. At the end of the 30 day period, contestants will submit a video detailing how Raw Food affected the health of their pet during the challenge, says PetMAC owner Cindy Williams.

The winner will be chosen at random from all the videos to receive a FREE year’s supply of Answers Pet Food, up to a $2,000 value.

All contestants will receive a 25 percent discount off Answers Pet Food, Raw Goat’s Milk and Fish Stock at PetMAC Lake Anne for the duration of the contest, said Williams.

The goal of this contest is to educate pet owners about the health benefits of a natural pet diet and to increase the lifespan and health of our pets, she said.

“Processed foods have created an obesity crisis for our pets,” said Williams. “By getting our pets back to basics and feeding them what they are naturally designed to eat, we hope to reverse the damage caused by highly-processed, inferior-quality foods that permeate the pet food industry.”

Williams said that benefits to a raw diet include improved digestion, healthier skin and coat with less shedding, reduced allergy symptoms, and better weight control, among others.

Want to enter? Sign no later than Aug. 7 at the store at 11412 Washington Plaza West or contact [email protected]

  • Tintin

    If you own a dog breed that is large and has tendencies to be territorial and aggressive there is a good chance that raw meat and bones will improve the vitality of your dog but but ar the expense of making your pet more violent and dangerous. I would suggest to take the raw bones and meat and cook it properly before passing it onto your loved one/s.

    • Brandy

      I have never in my life heard of this. We fed our dog raw for years and years and years and never had an issue with violence, or aggression. I don’t think this is actually true. Serving your dog cooked bones can be extremely dangerous. Cooked bones can splinter and cause great damage to their internal organs.

      • Tintin

        It’s like teaching your kid to eat fish – DO NOT SWALLOW THE BONES !!!! And if so then flush it down with a well cooked potato… accidents happen and a good dog will survive. Given your propensity for hard boiled and rigid opinion I trust your dog will never enjoy the finer things in life. You decide.

        Last but not.least this is a matter of philosophy. Would you prefer a dog that stands strong and loyal by your side? If so, then follow the ageless tradition of feeding cooked meats, excluding poultry (c/uc). Vice versa if you would like a dog that runs with the pack, out of control mutt roaming the.streets prone to bad smells and rude behaviour? If so then subscribe to the new age kaballah of feeding raw. Chances are you will be part of the.food chain when the economy tanks!!! Regardless I feel strongly your pet loves you regardless and gets wet eyes and soggy lips as soon as you come home. To that I say Bon apetito. Buena seratta 😉

        • Brandy

          Unfortunately my rescue dogs came with skin issues and are fed a grain free die . That does include raw chicken backs occasionally, raw fish, antlers, raw marrow bines for chewing, they don’t want for much. And are fiercely loya . I don’t chance their health and safety with things that are known to cause a problem, I don’t see a point to it, like cooked bones or rawhide. Maybe I missed where their ancestors, the wolves, cooked their food , but a high quality diet, raw or otherwise is what is important .

    • Cindy

      Tintin – I’d be really interested to read any studies you are referring to. As the owner of PetMAC, I have never, ever heard anything to this effect. If you have credible information about this, I’d really like to see it. In my 12 years of experience owning PetMAC, I have seen quite the opposite. Foods high in carbs (which converts quickly to sugar) are more likely to make the dog hyper and uncontrollable. We have had several different trainers host seminars and classes at PetMAC through the years and, without exception, they have told me that once they get the dog off crap (read: Grocery store brand), high carb foods, they settle down and are more manageable and more trainable.

      Dogs and cats are meant to eat a meat-based diet, and in nature, the meat is raw. All the vitamins and nutrients are natural, not manufactured and added back in.

      Raw bones are much safer to chew and eat because they do not splinter or break the way cooked bones do since cooking dries them out and makes them brittle. In fact, raw chicken bones such as wings, necks, backs and thighs, though extremely dangerous when cooked, are an excellent source of calcium when fed raw, and a great way to clean teeth (especially in cats who don’t normally play with chew toys the way dogs do.)

      Again, I’m very open to reading any kind of documentation you may have in regards to a raw diet causing a dog to become violent and dangerous, but I have never seen any to that effect.

    • Jenna

      I would NEVER feed my dogs cooked bones, as they are incredibly dangerous. I have large breed dogs that have been eating raw for several years after switching from kibble and I didn’t see any change in their behavior whatsoever.

      Try feeding raw, you’d never look bck.

      • Jenna

        *except more energy, I should note. I have an 8 year old lab that plays like a 2 year old again!

    • Natalia

      Not true. Raw meat gets mostly digested and absorbed, the dogs feel no need to seek for food, makes them calm, and therefore the aggression tendencies actually decrease. The aggression increases when the food the dog eats is not part of its natural diet and cannot be properly digested, making the dog feel hungry, irritable, and provoking aggressive and territorial behavior. I own, breed, and show dogs and cats for 27 years. I feed mostly raw, both my dogs and cats. Raw is the best, health-wise and behavior wise. Also creates less waste, if you have a large dog – it does matter LOL

    • Chuck Morningwood

      I beg to differ. Everytime my wife feeds me raw or undercooked meat, I become territorial, aggressive, even violent. Definitely, a well-cooked meal suits me better.

      Surprisingly, though, my libido also goes through the roof. Fortunately, there’s none of the leg rape that Chihuauas are prone towards.

    • Robin

      Tintin,
      I have never once in my experience of feeding raw had any issues with aggressive behavior. As a matter of fact of the 5 dogs I own, 2 of them are the so called most ‘aggressive breed’, the PITBULL. Which obviously I think is a load of crap along with the statement you made about feeding your animals raw will make them “more violent and dangerous”. I would love to see the scientific evidence or study at which you are referencing. I have worked with multiple professional dog behaviorist, and most of them will suggest feeding a raw diet or at least substituting some kind of raw component into a fearful, anxious, or suspicious dog. Feeding raw is the most natural and biologically appropriate diet for any dog or cat. I appreciate the fact that you have your own thoughts and beliefs on feeding your pets, but if you put false comments on an article such as this be prepared to show any form of studies and scientific evidence. Obviously, you haven’t done your research on a cooked diet, because the first thing you should know is to not feed cooked bones!! Please reach out if you would like to learn more about feeding a raw diet.

    • Kate

      I’ve fed raw food to my dogs for about 17 years now. It saved my Golden’s life years ago and I was hooked! I would NEVER feed my dogs kibble nor would I feed cooked bones which are very dangerous. Might be helpful to actually educate yourself about how to feed a raw diet and what’s involved before you suggest dangerous advice and give people a completely false idea about the food Tintin. Also, I’m feeding a 120 pound Mastiff, 140 pound Johnson’s American Bulldog and an 80 pound Lab. I can assure you none of them are violent or dangerous in any way. In fact, the food has helped our hyperactive Mastiff rescue to settle down. We rescued him when he had very serious food aggression problems. With lots of positive training the aggression is gone and he’s much healthier than before!

  • Josh

    Hey tintin,
    So I have a question, have you done any sort of research on the information you are providing to people? I started feeding my dog raw this year, after feeding her kibble, she is a about 70 to 80 lb Alaskan husky. When she was on kibble she was aggressive towards other dogs when it came to her food and protecting it. Now that she is on raw I have her eating with 3 other dogs and no aggressiveness what so ever. Also your cooked bone theory, yea your wrong cooked bones are horrible for your dogs. If your going to comment you opinion which I believe everyone is entitled to then please do your research and make sure you are correct before you have people getting the wrong information and possibly killing there loved one. Thank you!

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