At WSWS, food is medicine! A well- balanced, high quality, species-specific diet is by far one of the most important responsibilities we have as caretakers of our rescues. Our wolves, dingoes and New Guinea singing dogs are carnivorous while our foxes, domestic dogs, and coyotes are omnivorous. That’s why we have created two separate raw diets – the Carnivore Diet and the Omnivore Diet. They each aim to support longevity and overall optimal health. Each includes valuable supplements to prevent inflammatory conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, and arthritis which can be common in older canines.
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No wolf hunts and eats kibble in the wild, so why would they eat it in captivity? Ideally, all wild canids would be living as nature intended in their native environments and hunt their own food. Because that is not an option for our rescues, we try to mimic the best “whole prey” meal, which means we rely on the use of supplements added to muscle and organ meat. These supplements are incredibly important in providing complete nutrition.
As a non-profit, we have always done the best we can to make sure the rescues of WSWS have the best nutrition possible with the resources that we have. This means that as we evolve over the years and as more resources become available, what we feed our rescues has evolved, too. In the beginning, we could only afford to feed a simple diet of donated kibble. After we began to grow, we finally introduced raw meat into the picture.
However, due to our restricted resources, we could only afford to supplement their raw meat diets with other vitamins and minerals once weekly. Due to our financial limitations as a non-profit, this raw meat is still 100% donated. However, we want the diet we serve to continue to evolve for the better and you can help us make it happen! It is our goal to fine-tune the raw meat diet to be more balanced and deliver these added supplements daily instead of just once weekly.
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Kelp is an excellent source of iodine and is necessary for thyroid health. It is crucial when supplementing any raw diet. Too much iodine or too little over a long period of time causes thyroid imbalances. Currently, we have two rescues (Foxy and Powder) that have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and require medication every day to synthetically balance their thyroid. Supplying the right amount of kelp sanctuary-wide may help prevent others from developing this condition. Monthly Use: 50 cups
Vitamin E Capsules – To meet each canid’s demand for this necessary nutrient. Vitamin E helps support healthy skin, coat, vision and overall wellness. This particular brand of vitamin E complex is from natural sources, ensuring that it is the best option for long term use.
Monthly Use: 30,420 IU (or a little over 1 bottle)
Taurine Powder – Before supplementing, our Carnivore and Omnivore diets are often lacking in taurine due to exposure to freezing temperatures, processing through a large grinder, and age of the donated meat. Supplementing with taurine means we can be sure that they are getting enough of this important amino acid. Heart is also a great source of taurine!
Monthly Use: 220 grams
Ginger Powder – Ground ginger is added to the Carnivore Diet in order to supply manganese, a necessary nutrient. However, ginger is also good for preventing bloat and decreasing inflammation overall.
Milk Thistle – The herb milk thistle is added to the Carnivore Diet in order to help each rescue to naturally detoxify their liver and kidneys from toxins. This is especially helpful for our older rescues.
We use a lot of them! On average, each of our rescues eats one egg a day, five times a week. This helps us ensure that they are getting the right amount of calcium (the shells are ground up with the meat) and B vitamins and amino acids. Pick some up on the way as an in-kind donation. Every dozen helps!
FRESH RAW MEAT
We use muscle meats, organ meats, and boned meats in our diets. We are able to accept most raw meats that are not spoiled or seasoned. We are also able to accept most whole animals such as wild game, roadkill venison and donated livestock that is not euthanized by lethal injection.
Pick up a bag of meat jerky from your local pet store, but make sure it is made in the USA and minimally processed (our rescues turn their nose up at overly processed treats and unhealthy treats like milk bones!).