We would love to hear your experiences with raw feeding: Why did you do it? What was hard? How did you make it work for you and your pet?

Send us Your Story - a picture, and a few paragraphs about your experiences to go on our website and Facebook page - and you could win a $50 voucher for Raw Essentials frozen product.


Andre's Story

Andre, a Shitzu Cross arrived into our family on New Year’s Day 2016. He was such an adventurous young fellow and loved to explore and play fetch. At around 8 months old we started to notice that he would become sore and miserable following a walk or a game of fetch. This became more and more prominent, to the point we wouldn’t be able to touch him due to him being in so much pain. 

We took him to the vets and it was discovered he had bilateral hip dysplasia. The vet told us he would not last much longer and he would be unable to take part in any physical activity. He said the only way to treat it was hip replacements which would cost thousands. 

I then came across Raw Essentials, I went into the shop and got fabulous advice. And from that day Andre has been on a raw diet. I am astonished at this difference it has made. Andres hips have become so strong and he is able to play fetch for as long as he once did. He is now back to being our happy little dog enjoying life. We have also noticed he has a shiny coat, is less itchy and very strong teeth. 

We are very thankful for finding raw essentials and cannot recommend it highly enough. It saved our dog!


Sadie's Story

Our pound puppy, Sadie, was bow legged and had diarrhea all the time. We tried her on a couple of "superior" brands of dog food to try and clear her diarrhea but had no luck with settling her stomach and her legs were getting worse.

We decided to try Sadie on raw after chatting to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Raw Essentials in Hamilton. Within two weeks her diarrhea had cleared, and after one to two months we had noticed a big improvement with her legs. The bowing in her right leg was almost unnoticeable! She just kept improving from then on, no more bowing now! We are very pleased we switched her to raw.

We like how Raw Essentials makes feeding raw easy. I enjoy feeding time as much as Sadie does! Plus we love that raw fed shine! Sadie always gets a lot of compliments on how shiny and healthy her coat is.

We are happy to recommend Raw Essentials to anybody with a friend or family member of the canine/feline kind!


Dantè & Zara's Story

 I'm lucky enough to have two furr-babies Dantè (black) and Zara (tan). Being my first dogs I was completely unaware just how important diet was. They ate kibble for the first couple of years of life and bones from the butcher. 

I read on a facebook dog page about raw food and decided to give it a go. The trouble is I was uneducated and didn't know what to feed them and how often etc. I did try raw food from another company, however little advice was given. I didn't even know I had to feed them tripe to help with digestion. My doggies weren't too happy. The trouble is I was trying to spend as little as possible. A little more research brought me to Raw Essentials. I love the advice i received. I now know about quantities and different types of proteins. I love that portion control is so easy with Raw Essentials. I will admit, the kibble we used is far cheaper and I was driven by finances. However a few weeks into raw feeding I noticed much my babies didn't have smelly breath at all, even while panting after a big run! Not to mention brighter eyes, shinier coats, slender bodies, much less poop on the lawn and less baths needed. I think we have a winner! Now I've gotten used to what it costs me to feed them, I honestly wouldn't turn back. In comparison to fancy vet kibble however I do think the cost of raw food still trumps. I'm so glad I read that facebook article. 

I'm impressed that you don't see Raw Essentials advertising everywhere, it sells itself. Ive told my brother about Raw Essentials since he has a new pup and I'm always trying to spread the word as i believe in this system. I love catching up with Nicolette at the New Lynn store and her darling dog Wilbur. 

Thank you for helping me make life better for my furr-babies. 


Phoenix's Story

I would like to share my success story of my cat Phoenix. 

He is about five years old, but I am not sure as I adopted him as a rescue cat three years ago. Phoenix had a urinary track problem. The first time it happened I rushed him to an after hours emergency clinic. He relapsed again over a year ago. I didn't want to feed him completely a biscuit diet prescribed by my vet. I researched his condition and how to keep him alive and healthy.

Then I found Raw Essentials. The concept is great for me as I am a vegan and I love keeping my beloved pet as naturally as I can - close to an animal’s nature.

It has now been over a year of this diet he has still not relapsed and that makes me so happy.




Carlos' Story

Carlos, a Toy Poodle, was on Trade Me and we were looking for a doggy companion for our Miniature Poodle Patsy. He was nearly 6 years old and in need of a home.

We picked him up at Auckland Airport and it didn’t take us long to work out that the little guy had some long-standing health issues. His coat was very dull, with several bald patches along his back and he had pronounced swelling around his bum. This was obviously painful for him as he could never settle, running around in a distressed fashion and constantly snapping at his bottom.

We took him to our Vet, who diagnosed the problem as impacted anal glands and recommended that they be removed. Although his entire anal area was grossly swollen, this was done and the results were disastrous – Carlos became very ill and spent a week in hospital – and there was no improvement in his condition.

At our wits end and looking for answers, we came across an article about Lyn, and the benefits of a raw meat and bones diet. We took Carlos along to see Lyn, who diagnosed colitis and suggested a complete change in his diet.

He is now a happy, healthy little dude with a shiny coat. We were so astonished by the dramatic change in his health and demeanour that we switched our other Poodle and two cats from commercial pet foods to the raw diet. The change in all of them has been almost as spectacular, with our 16-year-old cat going from elderly-looking to almost youthful in a space of a few months.


Rhubarb's Story

Our dog’s name is Rhubarb. We bought her from a petshop 4 years ago.

When we bought Rhubarb, she had only ever eaten biscuits, so we continued the feed she was accustomed to. However, as she got older, she increasing suffered from a very itchy skin, and was constantly scratching and biting at herself – with the result she often had raw and bleeding areas on her back.

Upon taking her to the vet, he suggested Rhubarb had a flea and a grass allergy.  We switched her to another type of flea treatment, and did a term of prednisone with her to reduce the inflammation, however the problems continued. She also developed red and sore ears.

We were driving up to Muriwai one day, and spotted your shop along the way. After calling in and chatting to the very helpful staff members, we decided to try Raw Essentials for a couple of months, to assess whether this would make a difference.

Now 6 months later, Rhubarb is a different dog. Her coat is healthy and glossy, and she has much less skin irritability. She is not as susceptible to fleas, and her coat smells a lot better.

Thank you all so much for your excellent advice on choosing feed for our dog, it is a treat to go somewhere where the staff are knowledgeable about their product, and give great customer service!

Kind Regards,