Tonawanda News — Angela Dugrenier and Jeremy Miklas are artsy, animal-loving, Thai-food eating people that I want to hang around with. Their progressive ideas and upbeat attitudes are contagious. Ten years ago (or more), I met Angela working at a fish pet store and after several weeks of going there every Saturday morning and buying 100 feeder goldfish, she asked what I was feeding because she couldn’t believe I had that many pet turtles. The answer was ducks, which surprised her and a short year later, she had some of my Indian runner ducks in her backyard.
Back then she had around twenty aquariums all with unique freshwater fish and a couple of dogs.
On several visits I noticed that they were cooking turkey or chicken and rice and feeding it to their dogs.
Fast forward to four years ago and my mostly vegan friends are feeding their three dogs a raw diet.
“The first physical change I noticed was teeth - our oldest dog had a problem with plaque buildup.
Our vet suggested we get blood work done so they could put him under anesthetic and clean his teeth - to us this seemed like a risky and expensive procedure,” Angela said.
She told me that instead of the procedure they switched to feeding their dogs a raw diet. Within weeks the plaque was gone - chewing bones is natural for dogs and helps keep their teeth clean.
The dog’s stools have become smaller and they have gained weight (in a healthy way). They were skinny and picky eaters on kibble.
Angela noticed that, “They only seemed to like inexpensive bag food because the fat content was higher which made it more palatable but I knew it wasn’t the best - plus they rarely made it through the recommended servings.”
They first started giving the dogs raw marrow bones to put on weight which led to them researching the raw diet.