Thank you so much for visiting this website. This is a privately funded 30-year study by me, Thomas Sandberg. I am looking into the consequences of feeding a raw food diet to pets. I have studied dog's and cat's digestive system in dept since 1997 and believe that they both are carnivores. They require a species appropriate diet to sustain a strong immune system that in turn will promote a long healthy life and dramatically limit the risk of falling victim to serious diseases like cancer.
If you feed a raw food diet and interested in supporting this study I hope you will register your pet. There is no fee to participate. My goal is to follow more than 5000 dogs and 2000 cats for the rest of their lives documenting their health. I'm interested in all breeds and sizes.
If you arrived on this page because you have a pet with cancer, please register and I will do everything I can to help you beat this horrible disease using already proven effective natural protocols. Register here.
You can also support these one-of-a-kind projects by donating to my funding raising campaign at GOFUNDME. I'm currently unable to secure funding for these projects since the ones benefiting from this are us pet owners not the commercial enterprises that make billions of dollars selling food that kills our beloved pets. Strong words I know, but sadly in many cases the truth. Close to 50% of our pets get cancer and that is not acceptable to me! The pets with cancer that I have assisted over the last 15 years were all fed a kibble type diet. All!
I sincerely thank everyone in advance for any donations, every dollar helps! We need to keep this project going for the love of our pets. Please help now!
I'm on a life mission to help our beloved pets live long healthy lives and protect them from cancer. In 1999 I started these 30-year projects to study the benefits of feeding species appropriate food. The results from the first 15 years have been no short of amazing. I observed longer healthier lives and a dramatic reduction in cancer incidents.
3 current ongoing projects:
For the last 15 years, I have researched and tested my findings and theories on my dogs and a small group of other dogs from around the world. My findings are amazing and confirm everything I learned 15 years ago after carefully studying the digestive system of dogs. My intentions were not to expose any dog to something that could be harmful. I tested it all on my dogs and others willing to do the same.
I believe beyond any doubt that feeding a simple diet of raw meats, edible bones, and organ meats will promote a rock solid immune system. The immune system is a dog's ultimate defense against diseases and premature aging. The result is a long healthy life way past what is the expected lifespan of most breeds fed commercial dog food.
I'm expanding my project to 5000 dogs and 2000 cats, and I will follow each dog and cats until their last day, documenting their journey on a diet of raw meats and bones. These dogs will come from all parts of the world. They will report to me once a year with a status update. As long as they are fed raw they will be a part of this groundbreaking project.
Home Made Raw Food
NOTE: Most people feed homemade raw food that the buy from different sources. Not everyone can make/prepare their own raw food. Many pre-made raw food companies have arrived on the market over that last years. Below are the ones that I have accepted and track as a 'raw feeding type'. If you are feeding a commercial raw food diet that is not listed please select 'Mix of raw' as the raw feeding type (one the registration form). Then you can write in the description what type of raw food you feed and mention the manufacturer. If I get several other using the same brand I will create a category for it.
Commercial raw food manufacturers that I track specifically (you do not have to feed these to participate):
Vets all Natural (Bruce Syme): Website
Raw Gold: Website
Raw Necessities: Website
Just to make clear, you do not have to feed any of these brands to participate in this study. Any variation of raw food is accepted. But if you feed one of these brands please select them under 'feeding type' (on the registration form)
Not participating yet?. Register here.
If you are a manufacturer of pre-made raw food and would like to add dogs or cats that are fed your product, please contact me with your company's information (website is OK). You can use the blue 'question and feedback tab' on the right side of this web page.
If you are interested in participation in any of these projects, please take a few minutes to register. There is no cost involved. If you are new to feeding raw and not sure how to get started, I have written a short book about that. Included with this book is lifetime support from me.
More about it here
The average lifespan of a Great Dane is 6-8 years. To me, that never made any sense. Why would a small breed dog live longer than a large?
For the past 13 years, I have conducted extensive research in an attempt to find an answer to this. My conclusion is not surprising, and it makes total sense. Dogs need the food they are designed for and altering this can severely compromise their health. The larger the dog is, the more affected it is by unhealthy food.
The so-called “dog food” that is sold by many different manufacturers is not suitable for a dog’s digestive system and does not supply them with enough nutrients to sustain a long, healthy life. This is particularly damaging to large and giant dog breeds since they require a greater quantity of nutritious food than smaller dogs do. Since large breed dogs eat more, they ingest more of the bad food and less of the good.
Dogs are carnivores; therefore, the only food they can properly digest, metabolize, and utilize is raw meat. This is a fact. There are still some people who do not agree that dogs are carnivores, but that opinion is based on a lack of knowledge or misinformation. I know the majority of dog owners accept this fact but, if you disagree, then my approach to extending the lifespan of large and giant breed dogs will be hard to accept.
A carnivore gets most of its nutrients from raw meats (80%), bones (10%), and some organ meats (10%), with supplements used to complete the nutritional requirements. Together, they fulfill a dog’s nutritional needs to sustain a strong immune system that protects against diseases and promotes healthy organs, bones, and joints.
There are many books written about raw feeding, and I have read most of them. The problem I’ve found with the majority of these is that they complicate raw feeding to such a degree that many dog owners find it too difficult to follow. I believe feeding raw can be very simple, so I wrote a book about it.
I currently have two Great Danes; one is 9 years old and the other is 4 (as of Dec 2015). I have fed my Great Danes this way since 2000. Every year, my dogs undergo a full medical check-up and each year, without exception, they have been 100% healthy.
I decided to wait 10 years before I published my simplified version of raw feeding because testing my method on a breed that is known to live short lives, like the Great Dane, would tell me if I was on the right track. Over time, I made small refinements to my method, mostly when it came to supplements
One of my goals is to double the average lifespan of giant breeds like Great Danes. My approach should work well for all breeds of dog, large or small.
I believe that
There are two things you need to do:
1) Feed raw, natural food. I use a very easy to follow meal plan and you can get everything from your local grocery store but, for better prices, seek out local butchers and local raw feeding groups that buy in bulk.
2) Add a few supplements. The supplements are meant to ensure that your dog gets all the nutrients he/she needs. If you feed a good balanced raw food diet with enough organ meats you may skip supplements.
For those of you who are new to raw food or who are wceptical of it, please read these articles about the many myths regarding feeding raw food to dogs.
Well, like I mentioned I have studied and practiced raw feeding for over 15 years. I rescue Great Danes and currently have 2; Odin is three 5 years old and Camelot is 9 (as of Jan 2016).
I was born in Norway and grew up in a farming area. I noticed early on that the farmers fed their dogs raw meat from chickens, cows and pigs. Sometimes entire live chickens were given to the dogs; reindeer and moose meat were also common sources of food. Several of these dogs, which were larger breeds like German Shepherds and Norwegian Elk Hounds, lived into their late teens.
When I started feeding my dogs raw food in 2000, most people thought I was crazy, especially when I fed them chicken wings. Explaining that raw bones are soft and harmless to dogs did not change many people’s opinions. It still amazes me how many people are misinformed about this. Interestingly, I received the most resistance from veterinarians, to the point that they even refused to handle my dogs. This has changed dramatically over the years and many vets are now recommending raw food to their clients.
The most common misconceptions are:
I agree somewhat with the last point, raw feeding has been made complicated by some people. Those following the Barf Model (raw meats, bones, veggies and fruits) often have a hard time maintaining it, whereas the Prey Model (raw meats and bones) is much simpler and I have simplified it even further for people who prefer to feed their dogs from a bowl. I call it Raw in a Bowl. This is a good way of getting started and comfortable with the idea of feeding a balanced raw food diet.
The idea is to get started, take the first step into raw feeding, that's what is important. Soon you will gain knowledge and become confident that raw food is good for your dog. This will be evident just watching your dog improve in many areas like; better coat, increased muscle mass, a calmer demeanor, smaller poop, cleaner teeth, less gas, less dog odor, plus much more. Thes confirmations will encourage you to explore other variations of raw feeding like 'prey model raw' and 'Franken prey'.
I now offer phone or skype consultations for those that are serious about helping their pets. For a small fee that goes to support my studies, I will share everything I have learned over the last 16 years feeding raw and dealing with cancer. MORE HERE
This book is for anyone who is sitting on the fence and wanting to switch their dog or cat to a raw food diet yet are unsure how to do it. Maybe there is an element of fear or perhaps you are confused by the conflicting information online and in other books. Everything I describe in this book has been tested on my own pets, and many others, over the last 15 years. This is a beginner’s guide to raw feeding that will provide you with all the information you need to get started. In purchasing this book, you also gain personal access to me. In the forum section of my website I will answer any questions or concerns you may have.