Raw Food Success Stories
We love our customers, and we love it even more when they tell us how raw pet food has helped keep their fur baby around longer. Raw pet food can heal, and we want more pet parents to hear the message. If you have a story to share, scroll to the bottom of the page and tell us all about it. Be sure to let us know if you don’t want it posted on our website.
I spent almost 1 1/2 years dealing with a dog with chronic diarrhea. Couldn't get any weight on him. Several tests, medications, different brands of kibble, prescription food...nothing worked.
Our French Bulldog, Sarge, had suffered from diarrhea since we brought him home at 9 weeks. The vet ruled out everything serious and not serious. I tried numerous high-quality grain free kibble every 2 months or so, with no good results – the problem would always come back. He also became very picky and really didn’t like the kibble. When Sarge was a year old, I started researching dog foods and learned about raw dog food. At this point, I didn’t think we had anything to lose, so I did some additional research on raw brands. Steve’s was pretty high on the recommended lists, so I felt it was worth a try. It was a great decision! Sarge has had no diarrhea since we started feeding Steve’s. We give him a variety, changing the meat every meal between beef, pork, turducken, and chicken. Since we have switched to Steve’s 1 ½ years ago, Sarge loves to eat. He can’t wait for meal-time! Besides the firm stools, we have noticed additional benefits:No more tear stains!No more bad breath!If he passes gas, you rarely smell it – a real bonus for Frenchies, as they are known for their rank gas!He has become lean and muscular; the vet and groomer always tell us that he’s so healthy!More energy!Steve’s Raw Food has worked miracles for Sarge, we intend to keep him on it always.
— Candee Chapman
Gracie is an 8 year old yellow lab rescued from Tennessee. We rescued her about 4 years ago, and she was so sick! She had heart worm, belly issues (both ways), two torn groin muscles, an ear infection, and severely under weight. Fast forward to last year, Gracie could barely breath. We couldn't even make it out the door 100 feet without her having to turn back around and come inside. We had the BVEAP surgery this past November, which took care of the breathing issues, but we were left with IBS and because of her having a higher probability of aspirating, we needed to get a handle on this ASAP. We took the saliva allergy test and it came back with 12 different food allergies, but the top food she was allergic to was turkey. We had tried many different foods, but Gracie would quickly get tired of them and would refuse to eat. Fast forward to this past May 2019, we started her on the Steve's freeze dried. We alternate each bag with chicken, pork, and beef. She is doing absolutely wonderful on this food, and she gobbles it up within 30 seconds of putting it down. We have been able to get her off of 35 pills a week, she no longer throws up, and her poop is firm all because of Steve's Real Food. I was able to feed her 'medicine' instead of give her medicine. I tell everyone about Steve's and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to switch to raw.
- Kendra Moore
This e-mail from Michigan demonstrates how a raw diet free from cheap fillers can help with allergies.
“I just wanted to share my story as it is a true success! We have a 15-year-old Papillon that is just 5 pounds. The last several years she suffered from a bad cough. They could never really explain it when we would ask her veterinarian. We switched to Steves Real Food (frozen chicken) approximately one year ago. We were so amazed and happy to see our little girl’s cough go away completely. Later, upon talking to other Steve Real Food customers, we were told that she probably had an allergy to all something that was in the typical dog foods. We always used a very good brand, but it still had something that she was allergic to. She is 15 going on 16 now and not only LOVES her Steves food, but her health is just amazing to us since we changed her diet. She is also able to climb stairs again which we are not sure about, but it’s a good thing….
Thank you for such a wonderful product!!! We will never go back to anything else.
The Schoen family
Here is an e-mail that comes to us from Pahrump, Nevada. Taylor is participating in our veterinary feeding trial. We have given Taylor 60 days worth of free food while he is being supervised by his veterinarian for arthritis.
“Taylor just had his 30 day check up with Dr. Henseler last Saturday. I’m pleased with the results.
1. Energy level is increased. Now, this could be related to the weight loss (Taylor has lost about 5 lbs since starting the diet)…but, what does it matter !!?? I was not able to help him lose the pounds while he was eating kibble. So, I think it’s great Steve’s Real Food was able to help me accomplish that goal – goodness knows, I’ve been trying for years! Dr. Henseler feels that he is now in the “ideal” category, but could maybe lose 2 more pounds – this would put him at 80 lbs. He’s an Allendale dog – they breed the English- type labradors, and they usually carry more bone and weight than the American bred labs.
2. His winter coat is completely shedded out and is a gorgeous, shiny, silky, summer coat. When I mentioned this to Dr. Henseler, I said that while I noticed a difference in his coat – I wasn’t that excited about it, his coat is usually pretty nice. Dr. Henseler told me, that is WAS a big deal because our weather was so goofy this spring that many of the dogs she was seeing – STILL had their rough winter coats.
3. Limping is decreased. I am fully aware that I may never be able to get rid of the limp completely (after all, he is almost 10). But, I am happy that it is lessened. Dr. Henseler also noticed that when Taylor gets up off the clinic floor, he doesn’t seem to be as stiff as in the past. Dr. Henseler would like to do a blood panel at our next visit (June 26th)just to make sure everything is in line…he had a blood panel done about a year and a half ago, so she has a pretty good baseline to compare. I see no problem with that.
Well, I just wanted to give you a brief update after our 30 days on Steve’s Real Food. Thank you again for your support with his feeding program – I think it’s going extremely well.
Here is a letter that came to us from Longwood, Florida. Not only is diet important for maintaining health, but as Kathy’s letter shows, diet can be a valuable tool for overcoming disease and illness.
“My name is Kathy Cochran and I do Sheltie Rescue in Longwood, Florida. I thought you might be interested to know about our little Rescued Sheltie named Hope that has been eating your food for about 2 months now.
Hope is a 16 yr. old Sheltie that was thrown out of a moving car. She has basically lost one eye due to head trauma and is dying of kidney failure…..at least that’s what my Vet (of over 10 years) told me last December.
A good friend of mine, Kathleen Prince, introduced me to your food after a store recently opened up here in our area (Louise’s Pet Connection in Lake Mary, Florida). I immediately went up and purchased 4 of the 10 lb. bags (we have 8 Shelties). I put Hope on the food right away and after only about a week, noticed that I wasn’t having to do Sub-Q fluids as often as I had been. She had more energy, wasn’t drinking as much water and just seemed to be more alert than we had ever seen her (we just rescued her last July).
After almost a month on the food, I took her back up to our Vet and had her kidney levels re-checked. There are 3 tests performed to determine kidney function in a dog (BUN, Creatinine and Phosphorus).< /p>
Please keep in mind (according to Dr. Marrinson at the Longwood Vet Clinic) that the BUN levels in kidney tests are “not” the most important factor when determining kidney function. BUN levels can change according to what a dog eats, the time the dog eats, etc. The Creatinine test IS the MOST important test in determining kidney function and Kidneys do NOT repair themselves.
BUN = less than 30
Creatinine = 2
Phosphorus = low, normal, high ratio
BUN: 79 (failure)
Creatinine: 2.25 (failure)
Phosphorus: high ratio (failure)
BUN: 107 (failure)
Creatinine: 1.5 (normal)
Phosphorus: normal ration (normal)
Her Creatinine and Phosphorus have virtually returned to normal!!!!!!!! The dog is coming out of kidney failure and my Vet wanted to know if I was doing anything different than I had been over the past few months. I simply told him that I am now feeding her Steve’s Real Food …. all natural. That is the ONLY thing I have done different for her.
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to all of you. This little girl deserves every bit of happiness that we can give her. Her life has been miserable for a very long time and I firmly believe that without your food, her life would be MUCH shorter. She had been given less than 6 months to live in December of 2003. It’s now the middle of May, 2004 and she going strong.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here is a letter that came to us from Eagle, Wisconsin. Not only is diet important for maintaining health, but as Janis’s letter shows, diet can be a valuable tool for overcoming disease and illness.
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what a tremendous difference your dog food has made for our dog. We have a 5 year old Bichon Frise who has had 3 surgeries for bladder stones. Two of those operations were within 6 months of each other. These surgeries, on top of being very expensive, were very hard on the dog. The recovery was difficult for us all.
I went to my local pet food store, Petilicious, and the owner, Dave Krause recommended your food. It has been 2 years and she is stone free.
Thanks very much for making such a fine product. Be sure to let me know if you ever decide to NOT manufacture this food. I need to be prepared!
Janis K. Kloeffler”
Testimonial: “I foster dogs for the French Bulldog Rescue Network (FBRN). I would like to share the story of one of my recent foster dogs, Mambo.
Mambo was surrendered to FBRN in a vet’s parking lot, suffering from his second rectal prolapse in three weeks. The poor little mite, only a year old, was hunched over in agony. A 3-inch section of tissue protruded from his bottom, and every few moments, he strained and screamed in pain. Unfortunately, about 1-1/2 inches of his rectum was gangrenous, and had to be amputated. He underwent the necessary surgery and I took him home the next day.
For the first two weeks after surgery, Mambo had to eat a bland, canned diet, and was on antibiotics and medication to keep his poops liquid so that he wouldn’t tear his sutures. After four weeks, I began to experiment with his diet, to see if I could get him on a more manageable potty schedule. I tried a high-quality, grain-free kibble — It didn’t go well. I tried canned food — he gained weight, but he still pooped 8-12 times per day, including during the night, and there was a great deal of straining involved. I also tried a dehydrated formula, but it was very high in carbs, mostly potato, and this boy was an active one-year-old, and needed to put on lean muscle.
Finally, my thoughts turned to raw. I had several criteria in mind as I searched for a suitable product. The food could not contain ingredients which the allergy test indicated that Mambo might be sensitive to (including pumpkin). It had to contain high-quality, preferably human-grade proteins, organs, fish oils for omega-3 fatty acids, and vegetables and flaxseed for fiber. It had to be reasonably priced. Finally, It had to be easy to use — no frozen chubs that required power tools to cut into meal-sized portions. My quest led me to Steve’s Real Food. I bought a 5-lb bag of the Turducken formula, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
I was not disappointed. Mambo loved it. More importantly, I noticed that almost immediately, his poops improved in diameter, frequency and consistency, and he had an easier time passing them. Because of his special needs due to the fact that he had very little rectum remaining, I added a few things to his meals – a little baked sweet potato and extra ground flaxseed for additional fiber, and goat milk yogurt for probiotics. It was not long before Mambo had improved to the point that he could be adopted.
Three-and-a half months after his horrendous ordeal, a happy, healthy Mambo headed off into the sunset with his forever family, a bag full of his favorite toys, and a styrofoam cooler full of Steve’s Real Food.”
This is the true story of a special journey. I’ve had many cats but none like Emmie. She came into the world on a farm with her greatest loss, her mother. The three premature kittens were true survivors. Before they should have been able to try out their wobbly legs, they made it to a place in the field where their cries could be heard by a farmer. He waited to see if Momma cat would be back, but fearing their eminent death, he brought them to a veterinary clinic nearby and that’s where the story of the “Wendys” begins. My friend Wendy has a passion for rescuing. She is a veterinarian at that clinic where the farmer brought the three kittens. Since they needed 24 hour care, Wendy brought them home. They were full of everything life threatening, i.e., parasites, fleas, Rhinotraceitis, and being anemic from their premature birth, so survival didn’t look promising. Wendy and her daughter Nicole gave all they could to help the three kittens survive. Emmie was the littlest and the sickest. She weighed in at .04 of a pound at 2 weeks. They were a mess. All of the kittens had Rhinotraceitis (one of the respiratory diseases the distemper vaccine prevents). They contracted Rhinotraceitis (otherwise known as feline herpes) in their mother’s womb. Every morning Wendy told me she expected to come downstairs to find them dead. It wasn’t the first time some of the kittens she tried to rescue didn’t make it. Bathing was frequent. This is about where I came in.
I had lost my two cats within the previous 6 months and decided due to financial concerns, not to adopt another cat. Wendy was trying to get the kittens adopted but they were passing the respiratory illness back and forth. I offered to foster whichever one was most ready to be separated. Ironically it was Emmie. Who could have known the road ahead! Emmie arrived in my apartment on Labor Day of 2016. She was 2 months old and weighed 2.9 lbs. Let’s take a moment for a reality check. Who can take in a kitten like Emmie and then give her back! With fear and in trepidation I couldn’t let her go to a shelter. I had no clue what I was getting myself into but I knew there was a major learning curve ahead and I was not on the high end of it! Emmie was sneeze free for about 2 days but then the symptoms came back full blown. At the risk of offending readers, there is no way to describe rhinotraceitis at it’s worse. I learned what “snot flying” really meant and what “snot bombs” were. The bombs were sneezes that produced so much air born infectious excretion that Emmie’s head, face, eyes, and everything in close proximity was covered. “Snot flying” was just that, sneezes that managed to project to lengths beyond human comprehension. On top of this she had a cough that was not asthmatic, however, I couldn’t identify it’s cause. At a veterinary visit I learned cats do get post nasal drip coughs! Who knew???
After 5 rounds of antibiotics with no success, my veterinarian suggested essential oil diffuser therapy. I felt horrible. I would put her in the bathroom for one hour three times a day, which was difficult since I work in an office 45 minutes from my house. She showed some improvement but not enough to call her close to being cured. So we sought out a holistic veterinarian next and went the route of supplements and specific foods. She got better but not close to cured.
Emmie definitely has Siamese in her by the shape of her face and her over the top intelligence. When the light is shining just right on her, her undercoat is perfectly tiger stripped will all the markings. This little black bundle of energy and joy had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I would think, I’m not sure I can do this. I don’t know if I’m the one to keep her. Those closest to me said, “yes, I was the perfect one for her. She was given to me for a reason.” I thought of her possibilities and I couldn’t give her up. You see I have disabilities. I have found conventional treatment to fail me in many ways. I had to seek out other naturopathic interventions to survive along with very unconventional meal plans. I was told I would not live past 30 years old. I’m 61 and healed from what was to take my life and continuing my healing process. That made is so I knew Emmie could make it. She, thanks to Steve’s Real Food, has her health back. She is a certified assistance animal and totally cured. How did we get from diffusion therapy and supplements to cured? Steve’s Real Food!! I was at the end of options for Emmie. Her brother and sister had long shook this virus and were well. Emmie just couldn’t.
It was so frustrating to hear each veterinarian say, “she is so healthy I can’t figure out why she can’t kick this virus out of her system.” At two months old when I took her to my veterinarian, I begged for answers Emmy was only 2.9lbs, and covered with well…….you know what!!!! ” Im veterinarian assured me that Emmy was strong and would get better. She assured me we would work together as a team to get her well. About a year and a half from that day, with no more options, I sat with Emmie Grace as she looked at me with those deep yellow gold eyes, I cried and told her I wouldn’t give up on her.
I emailed to my naturopathic doctor in desperation. “What do I do, do you have any ideas?” The reply was what my heart longed to hear. It read, “I just adopted 13 kittens with rhinotraceitis virus and they are all well.” I sat in excitement, amazement, renewed hope, and the picture in my mind of 13…. well…. profusely expectorating kittens!!!!! I quickly responded and said tell me how! He said “a strict diet of Steve’s Real Food! ”
In no time I was on the telephone with Tera from Steve’s. We worked at transitioning Emmie from her high quality, grain free canned cat food to raw. Patience is the word I was told to kept in mind. Emmie Grace’s transformation was amazing!!! Sneezing began to lessen. Coughing became almost nonexistent. Within about 6-8 weeks I watched her body detoxify and transform before my eyes. Emmie and I both enjoyed her healing as the symptoms disappeared. Feeding raw has put me on a new learning curve. Emmie is beautiful and has demonstrated her miracle to a couple of my close friends who helped me out during the day with her. Everyone marvels at her beauty and health. Even in the darkest hours, at my very core I was so certain she had the capability to fight this disease. I knew deep inside it was about holding on and finding the right source of help for her. I learned a lot about faith, patience, acceptance, determination, loving and enjoying her in her illness, and staying optimistic while holding out for healing. Ironically Emmie helped me experience grace in a way I hadn’t understood. Hence her name…..Emmie Grace. To everyone I meet and have the opportunity to talk about feeding raw to their animal companions, I recommend Steve’s Real Food. I appreciate the quality of Steve’s Real Food, their total commitment, assistance, resources, and expertise they offered both Emmie and myself during the transition and healing process. Now instead of searching for answers for my sick kitten, whenever and wherever I have an opportunity, I share this deep passion…….If I knew years ago what I know now, every animal I ever had would have been eating raw!!!
Many thanks to everyone at Steve’s Real Food along with much heartfelt appreciation for walking this journey out with Emmie Grace and me.
Our cat is a Turkish Van who is coming in on 13 years old. Since we got her at 3 from the humane society, she's been a picky eater who only took a specific kind of dry food and only ate it one pellet at a time over a day. No fish are or cooked), no canned food, no ham, nothing. The only thing she EVER ate besides this dry food was a slice of quiche we had left out until about 8 months ago, when she started sampling wet food on occasion, presumably because of her teeth.
And then a friend suggested Steve's. Leila is a medium/long haired cat (avg about 3 inches) and she's not able groom most of her body easily because she can't get past the front hair to clean the back. She'll lick the same patch on her chest and think it's her leg, shoulder, whatever. It's just too long. Even with daily brushing (which she loved) she never had fewer than a dozen knots and we routinely had to trim her beautiful fur.
Armed with a sample of Steve's Real Food from a high-end dog trainer we know, we gave her a mix one night that was 1/3 each canned (with egg), dry, and steve's. She ate it all. We were stunned. The next meal, same deal, except all she ate was Steve's.
Third night, only Steve's again, plus the gravy from the canned food, but only a little later.
Our local pet store had serendipitously ordered two bags of Steve's beef for someone who wanted one, so we bought that extra and began "transitioning" her (not that she needed or wanted it) and found out that there was a cat specific line of raw food from the same people - Quest. So we ordered it in, one each of pork and beef.
It. Is. Amazing. She's been on nothing but Quest for about 3 months, asks for it nightly, and has regained all of the weight she had been slowly losing since we moved houses last year. Better still, with the goods in the Quest formula, her fur has a much healthier oil, and she gets brushed for pleasure now - no joke, not a single knot on our poor beleaguered cat. She still can't easily reach most of her fur, but not only does it look and feel INCREDIBLE, her fur is no longer tangling and matting at all, for two months now.
She's more spry and feisty now than she has been in the last 5 years, and we started adding a small cat-dose of CBD oil for her joints, and it's like she's 4 years old again. Her droppings are much healthier, less frequent, and much smaller. She's actually absorbing and metabolizing what she's eating now. I can't even tell you what a difference it has made for her, and I'm recommending it to everyone I know who ever mentions cat food in any way.
I'm a scientist. I was skeptical as heck that changing her food would be a panacea, fixing her knots, reducing her waste, improving her mood and activity, and increasing her appetite. But what I was feeding her was junk food for cats. Cheap, heavily marketed, and not all that beneficial. In hindsight, of course it was going to do all that. It won't make her live for ever or grown new teeth, but it's ot going to make things worse for her like the dry food did. It's like I was filling my car with soda and just accepting that cars have a harder time as they get older.
Feed Steve's to your dog. If they can get the cat formula so right, you know they've got the canines covered. And get Quest for your cat. It's way less expensive to feed raw than I was expecting and the benefits are undeniable, at least for us and our cat. I sincerely won't use other cat food now. I keep a spare bag each of pork and beef in the freezer in case they miss an order or I forget to go in on Friday because it's just that good.
Also, for my cat, 1 frozen bag lasts around 8 days, fed twice a day. She prefers it slightly cold, so we thaw half a bag at a time.
100% worth it.