Even veterinarians are recommending raw food diets for pets
these days, but other marketing of raw food diets has lagged behind consumer interest,
perhaps because the large pet food manufacturers with big marketing
budgets have not jumped into the trend... yet. But at least two small
companies with raw food pet diets have found a delicious way to present
their raw pet foods: sushi bars.
S.A.D. Dog Sushi in Austin has been in the business of shipping sushi ("Fine Dining Done Rawrrr" ) since 2002. Started by an experienced sushi chef and his sous chef partner, the Species Appropriate Diet (S.A.D.) is a holistic diet for dogs, all raw, all natural and without grains or preservatives.
The beauty of S.A.D. Dog Sushi is not just visual; try-by-sushi enables you and your dog to find the combination of foods that optimize his health and his taste preferences. Each sushi dish presents a different combination of raw meat or fish, bones, and innards for your dog's nutritional needs be they in the form of rolls, nigiri, or sashimi. Then you can buy what your dog likes from S.A.D. Dog Sushi in bulk.
Pussy & Pooch, the Los Angeles pet spa, shop, and sushi bar, recently opened its second location in Long Beach, CA. (Like Japanese pet owners, there's nothing that Losangelians and their burbians won't do to pamper their pets.)
P&P's "Pawbar" is a literal sushi bar, where Pussy & Pooch
offers free samples of its pet foods to visiting dogs and cats, while
their owners are told about what each meal contains, including where
the raw food comes from, how it is shipped, how it should be served
and, of course, why it is important to the health of your pet. The
site has many photos of pet visitors enjoying their sushi.
P&P's Pawbar is an excellent marketing tool to educate pet owners about how a natural, holistic meal plan can best meet the nutritional needs of your dogs and cats. I wish that every natural food pet store provided this approach to their sales.
But for those of you who don't get the special introduction to raw foods for pets, if you are going to try a raw food diet, introduce the food very gradually to your pet's current diet -- adding one spoon of the new food to the old food every other day, until it has completely replaced the old diet. Of course, you must watch for clues that your pet is not digesting or eliminating the food normally, and scale back the portions accordingly.
That's the buzz for today!