Common Health Concerns

More information on common pet health concerns and how raw feeding helps maintain optimum health

Body Condition

Helpful visual charts to determine if your pet's body condition is ideal, under ideal or over ideal.


We see many cats and dogs who have been diagnosed with food & environmental allergies. Dogs and cats should be able to tolerate pollens, grasses, fleas & dust mites. At Raw Essentials, we rebalance the immune system by switching off the pet’s tendency to overreact.

Gut Health

The gut is our first line of defence against the outside world. The bulk of our immune system resides there and a healthy gut is required for good health. There are two major conditions negatively affecting the gut health of people and pets: leaky gut and dysbiosis.

Dental Health

Dental health is important for many reasons - as well as causing infection, inflammation & pain, bacterial build up in the oral cavity can disseminate and affect other parts of the body, including the heart and kidneys.

Steroids & Antibiotics

We see many dogs and cats with a long history of steroid and antibiotic use. Suppressing the immune system with prednisone, cortisone or an ‘allergy shot’ gives the dog or cat some much needed relief.

Blood Tests & Raw Feeding

Raw feeders sometime find that results on some blood tests are slightly elevated. Here's some information, including research findings, explaining why this happens.

Vomiting & Diarrhoea

Offer food that is easy to digest for mild vomiting & diarrhoea. But call your vet if pet is obviously unwell or the vomiting & diarrhoea is severe.


Successful vaccination will immunize your pet against some potentially serious diseases - but did you know that by individualizing your pet's vaccination programme, you can also reduce the risks of your pet experiencing vaccination side-effects?

Anxiety in Dogs

Like us humans, dogs can experience stress or anxiety in many different environments and circumstances. Some dogs readily show this while others worry more on the inside.


Changing to a raw diet can make a huge positive difference to arthritic joints. In some cases, supplements may be beneficial too. Some pets can come off conventional pain medication, which can then be held in reserve for when they really need them.

Surgery and procedures

If your pet is having a procedure, it may affect their digestion. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

Natural Flea Control

Fleas can be a hassle but getting your pet's diet right helps. Many pet owners find the fleas are much less of a problem when they change to a species-appropriate diet.

Anal Glands

The health and function of the anal glands, gut health and nutrition is linked. A raw food diet can help dogs experiencing anal gland issues

Brachycephalic Dogs

Dogs with exaggerated brachycephalic features (‘short nose’ breeds) may experience various health challenges. We recommend a slower approach
in transitioning to raw for these breeds.

Cats and Stress

Simple and natural steps to creating a cat-friendly, stress-free home.

Reactions to Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew (Tradescantia Species) is a common cause of allergic skin reactions in dogs and other animals.

Foot Soaks for Paws

Paws are sweaty, moist, and pick up environmental contaminants. Keeping them clean is the key to stopping licking & irritation, and foot soaks are a great way to disinfect your pet’s paws.

Urinary Tract and Kidney Disease

Chronic dehydration caused by feeding dry food to a carnivore with a low thirst drive plays a role in the development of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Hyperthyroidism in Dogs

Our thoughts on the potential for diets with a high content of raw necks to cause hyperthyroidism in dogs.


The best diet for cancer prevention is a diet that provides the nutritional components required to maintain healthy cells and repair unhealthy ones.


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