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In a study sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. Developments continue in recall of pet food. This site allows you to construct a meal plan and shopping list using healthy recipes. To describe findings in dogs with exogenous thyrotoxicosis attributable to consumption of commercially available dog foods or treats containing high concentrations of thyroid hormone. To this end, we investigated dogs of different breeds [including 18 cavalier King Charles spaniels ] by determining their body condition score BCS. I also feel vegetables are an excellent source of fiber and moisture as well as sources of natural vitamins and minerals for our pet friends.

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The key to selecting an objective, un-biased veterinary nutritionist is to find one who's nutrition education has not been financed by any commercial dog food manufacturers, and who's research has not been funded by any commercial dog food manufacturers, and, most importantly, who's waiting room is not a sales office for bags of dry dog foods. Good luck with that! We do not advocate that all home-prepared dog food meals should be served uncooked.

That depends upon the overall health of the dog. Most healthy dogs will thrive on raw diets. But for some dogs, especially those with compromised immune systems, raw meats may not be a safe option. That is why we advise that before any dog is fed a raw diet, the owner consult with a well-qualified holistic veterinarian who specializes in canine dietary nutrition.

A major problem with the advice given by most veterinary nutrtitionists is that they oppose feeding any dogs any raw foods at any time, and they almost always recommend commercial dry foods -- kibble -- with grains and by-products as the main ingredients. Their biases and conflicts-of-interest outweigh good, solid canine nutrition advice. In that book, Dr. Schenck starts off in the first chapter stating:. Thus, as far as Dr. Schenck is concerned, the case for a raw diet is closed. Her logic is that a raw food may contain bacteria; therefore b owners should not feed any raw food to their pets.

So, clearly to the those interested in feeding raw food diets, her book would be a waste of money. It is very unfortunate that as late as , veterinary nutritionists such as Dr. Schenck can be so ignorant and closed-minded about raw diets. A predictable argument these anti-raw-diet nutritionists raise, as Dr. Schenck makes above, is that uncooked food is a health hazard.

It is as if these "experts" are unaware that pet owners would actually handle uncooked food on a daily basis even if they had no pets at all. An extreme example of bias against homemade raw food diets is veterinary nutritionist Dr. Sherry Lynn Sanderson right of the University of Georgia veterinary college.

In her un-referenced paper, "Raw Diets: This paper is such an unscientific attack that it could make you wonder if grants from dog food companies could be her department's only source of research funding. This commitment to the profession includes Hill's sponsored teaching programs, residencies and faculty programs in veterinary schools and teaching hospitals all over the world.

For example, in her paper she denies that the high intensity pressure process HPP of turning raw food into dry kibble can destroy the nutritional value of the food. High levels of pressure, such as those used in the HPP process, have been shown to result in the denaturation of proteins.

Beneficial bacteria are destroyed. Risk of recontamination remains. Most if not all pet food recalls are due to recontamination — meaning the bacterial contamination occurs sometime after processing. HPP will destroy bacteria present in the food prior to processing but cannot protect the food against recontamination after processing.

This extreme processing also changes the structure of proteins and destroys vitamin A, vitamin E and the B-group vitamins. This unnaturally stresses the kidneys, liver, and metabolic system. Click here for citation. Sanderson's fervent defense of the over-use of corn as a main ingredient in many commercial foods demonstrates how little scientific evidence she has to work with.

She offers no clue. Chickens eat more corn than the American Indian ever did, but neither humans nor fowl are dogs. Corn is not a natural source of food for dogs, is very difficult for them to digest and assimilate, and is of little nutritional value to them. In the short digestive systems of dogs and cats , plant proteins are far less digestible than meat proteins. Sanderson ignores the well established, scientific fact that canines need a lot less grains and a lot more meat protein than humans do.

Most importantly for dogs with heart issues, grain-based, non-meat diets have shown to result in an L-carnitine deficiency. Sanderson's un-documented statement that American Indians subsisted mainly on corn demonstrates ignorant stereotyping. This type of claim is evidence that board certified veterinary nutritionists are biased Who seriously believes that corn is a better protein for dogs than meat?

Their "professional opinions" may border on malpractice. Sanderson concludes her attack by confidently stating: In contrast, the literature is full of decades worth of research supporting the health benefits of commercial pet foods. Sanderson is not unique. Another board certified veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Freeman right of Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, also sings the praises of commercial dry dog foods in which corn and soybeans are the major sources of protein, instead of real meat.

She writes in "Answering Owners' Questions About Pet Foods" as if she actually is trying to be helpful to those owners , this incredible statement:. Freeman participates in published, peer-reviewed works, she is forced to make conflict-of-interest disclosures such as this one:. Another example of the alternate universe of veterinary nutritionists is Dr. Wakshlag left of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, who absurdly said in an interview about dog food that: Elsewhere, he also wrote: To the contrary of all this pro-kibble hype from these so-called "nutritionists", research studies that have not been funded by commercial pet fund manufacturers have reached the opposite -- and more obvious -- conclusion that balanced home-prepared meals are much more healthful for our dogs than commercial diets prepared by pet food conglomerates.

For example, in a Belgium study of dogs, the researchers found that dogs fed a species-appropriate homemade diet lived 32 months longer on average than dogs fed commercially available dog foods. In , another rare insightful research article on this topic focused on what motivates cat owners to feed their cats vegetarian diets. The conclusion reached was, "Vegetarian diets are fed to cats primarily for ethical considerations.

Perhaps this sort of personal psychological analysis would explain the absurdly irrational advice of veterinary nutritionists that corn, grains, and by-product kibble diets are better for our carnivorous dogs than real meat. AVMA voted overwhelmingly to condemn the feeding of human-grade raw diets to dogs and cats.

So, if you are serious about developing a homemade diet and seek the advice of a dietary specialist, be very careful if you decide to ask a veterinary nutritionist for that advice. Most holistic veterinarians will have a much more receptive attitude towards your request. Despite these massive recalls of kibble and canned pet foods, AVMA chose to condemn only pet owners for feeding healthful, human-grade raw food diets to their dogs and cats. Pet owners have been feeding raw diets to their dogs and cats for decades, yet to date, not one documented case of raw pet food causing illness in humans has been reported.

However, even a board certified veterinary nutritionist occasionally will let a nugget of "raw" truth filter through. We do not dispute that raw diets, or all home-prepared meals, should be properly balanced.

And, as with any home-prepared foods, for humans and pets alike, hygiene rules should be followed. But speaking of diets being properly balanced, in a June report examining dog food recipes prepared by veterinarians!

The results confirm that most veterinarians have been ill-trained in companion animal nutrition. After 14 days, they switched the groups. They did the usualy feces-poking examinations over a period of 28 days, and then concluded that:. In an October article , Dr. Dottie LaFlamme, another "board certified veterinary nutritionist", makes these outlandish claims in a journal distributed to primary care veterinarians:. It appears she intends these to be used as talking points to argue with knowledgeable pet owners who wisely question the nutritional values of wheat-based protein; meat, poultry, and fish meal; and meat by-products.

Do not fall for this load. It is an effort to justify the worst ingredients in typical dry dog food -- kibble. Fish oils should be given only in combination with Vitamin E. Holistic supplements should be taken only if prescribed by a licensed veterinarian who also is holistically trained. It is a selective microsomal triglyceride transfer protein inhibitor, which blocks the assembly and release of lipoproteins into the bloodstream. The drug induces the dog to eat less, because it causes reduces fat absorption and sends a signal from lipid-filled cells lining the intestine that the dog's appetite is satisfied.

After the dog has reached its goal weight, the drug's manufacturer, Pfizer Animal Health , recommends continued use for up to three more months, while appropriate levels of food intake and physical activity are determined to maintain the dog's optimal weight. Adverse reactions associated with this treatment include vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, and lethargy.

It should not be prescribed for dogs with liver disease or in dogs receiving long-term corticosteroid therapy. Japanese researchers devise body weight and body length measurements ratio to determine dogs' body condition score BCS. They included size, sex, and body fat percentage in their analyses. They report finding a high correlation between IBW and the dog's length between the episternum and the ischial tuberosity. They conclude that these results suggest that a simple morphometric measurement can be a practical alternative to the conventional BCS assessment.

Italian researchers find only one of 15 dry dietary elimination pet foods lists correct ingredients. In a June article , a team of Italian researchers Rebecca Ricci [right] , Daniele Conficoni, Giada Morelli, Carmen Losasso, Leonardo Alberghini, Valerio Giaccone, Antonia Ricci, Igino Andrighetto studied 40 dog and cat foods designed as dietary elimination diets -- 15 dry foods and 25 wet foods -- to determine if they listed the correct ingredients and did not contain any unlisted animal species ingredients.

They found that only one of the 15 dry foods correctly matched their animal species ingredient list, and that only nine of 25 wet foods did so. The most frequent contaminants identified in dry and wet foods were pork, chicken and turkey. The researchers did not identify the brands or product names of any of these dog foods. Veterinary nutritionist Lisa Freeman suggests grain-free or exotic dog foods are causing dilated cardiomyopathy.

In a June blog article , veterinary nutritionist Dr. Freeman's comments appear to be an attempt to leak information -- which may or may not be factual -- from on-going research, which raises an ethical question if she is participating in that research.

For example, she stated:. So, when she refers to grains in dog food, she is talking about making corn and soybeans the dogs' protein. All in all, her current article is based upon no research evidence much less peer-reviewed , and she admits that fact, if you dig down deep enough. That makes her headline totally misleading "A broken heart: Risk of heart disease in boutique or grain-free diets and exotic ingredients".

She should at least have put a question mark at its end, instead of a period. Freeman does participate in published, peer-reviewed works, she is forced to make conflict-of-interest disclosures such as this one:. We can think of no veterinary specialty that could find itself as hopelessly conflicted as that of veterinary nutritionists and their "college", the ACVN.

When you consider the financial tentacles of Hills and these other kibble pushers named in the quote above, wiggling through the veterinary schools and waiting rooms of general practice vets, just imagine how much more these manufacturers spend on veterinary nutritionists, especially those involved in dietary research at vet schools.

That is why we discount the value of ACVN members and advocate holistic veterinarians as the best source of dietary advice. In an April article reporting resuts of an on-line questionnaire survey covering details of 11, UK dogs age, sex, neuter status, breed , current body weight, whether or not the dogs were overweight, lifestyle, activity and behavior.

A total of 1, owners They were significantly heavier more likely to be neutered, older, and of certain breeds the cavalier King Charles spaniel, Beagle, bull terrier, bulldog, Chihuahua, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, and pug. The owners of overweight dogs also reported that their dogs were exercised less frequently and for shorter periods of time than those reported not to be overweight.

Gene researchers find a POMC gene mutation in Labradors is associated with obesity and greater food motivation. For each copy of the mutant gene, a dog was on average 1. Wood, Elena Conci, Dylan N. Mellersh right , Maja L. Content analysis of 17 commercial pet wet foods show misrepresentations in most of their ingredient lists.

In a December article investigating the animal species contents of 17 popular wet canned pet foods, major falsehoods were discovered in the ingredients lists of nearly all of the products. These misrepresentations of the ingredients of commercial canned foods may have serious consequences for dogs and cats which are allergic to certain protein sources and are not supposed to consume them.

Cavaliers were among 14 breeds found overweight in study of Crufts winners. In a July study of winning dogs in 28 breeds at Crufts from to , the researchers Z. German compared specimens in 14 obese-prone breeds and 14 non-obese-prone breeds. Forty cavalier King Charles spaniels were included among the obese-prone. The most likely to be overweight were the pugs, basset hounds, and Labrador retrievers, and the least likely were standard poodles, Rhodesian ridgebacks, Hungarian vizslas, and Dobermanns.

US veterinarians prove they remain useful tools of Hill's Pet Nutrition by endorsing it's junk food. In this case, Hill's funded a study of its Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution kibble, a mess allegedly designed to take pounds off of overweight dogs, that is loaded with wheat, corn, pea bran and soybean meals, and "cellulose" the equivalent of sawdust, which is intended to give the dogs that "full feeling".

Joe Wakshlag is making some progress in his education about feeding dogs what they need. In a September presentation before the commercial petfood industry, board certified veterinary nutritionist Dr. Joe Wakshlag right concedes that "working dogs" -- dogs which are active in physical exercise activities such as agility, fox hunting, sled dogs, etc. So far, so good. But he does not reach the obvious conclusion that ALL dogs should get their protein from highly digestible animal based protein, instead of the grain based kibble that he otherwise advocates.

Pork is the most frequent hidden ingredient. In an April study of 52 commercial pet foods, only 31 of them correctly identified the meat ingredients. Pork was the most common meat not identified on the ingredients lists. In the Chapman University study, DNA was extracted from each product and tested for the presence of eight meat species: Heinze, and Lisa M.

Freeman found that Breeders feeding home-prepared diets were particularly distrustful of vets' advice. The researchers should not be surprised by the results. Why should they expect breeders to seek helpful, objective nutrition advice from vets who litter their waiting rooms with bags of kibble they are trying to sell to their patients' owners? The researchers report that "Unsubstantiated health and marketing information influenced diet selection of many breeders.

The study concluded that the solution is for vets to take "a more proactive role in directing dog breeders and other pet owners toward scientifically substantiated sources of diet information", meaning to steer breeders away from home-prepared diets and towards the commercial dog foods which finance and control the biased research into canine nutrition. New dog genome research debunks evolutionist theory that dogs have adapted to carbohydrates.

In a January report by an international team of genetic researchers, and in a May article reviewing the January study and two previous studies published in see March report , the researchers and reviewer conclude that there is insufficient evidence to support the previous papers' conclusion that post-domestication selection of dogs from wolves by mankind had changed the dogs' genes into carbohydrate cravers.

Canine nutritionists have argued, without solid evidence, that dogs have evolved from carnivores to omnivores as a result of their companionship with humans over thousands of years. The most recent study, which examined a much greater number of wolf and dog genomes, is substantially more comprehensive than previous ones, and indicates that the number of amylase genes were not fixed or stable across diverse wolf and dog genomes, and that no consistent pattern for dietary evolution exists at all.

Pet food specialist links dry kibble to increase in pets' cancer. Obesity negatively affects dogs' cardiopulmonary function , study confirms. In a December report , an international team of veterinary researchers Australia, Belgium, and Italy confirms what long has been suspected, that obesity in dogs significantly harms cardiopulmonary function, including heart rate and blood oxygen saturation.

The study included twelve overweight dogs, including one cavalier King Charles spaniel and six lab Beagles. Wild-eyed hysteria reigns among veterinary nutritionists over feeding healthful raw diets.

In a December JAVMA screed in which they admit a total lack of any substantive factual research, "board certified veterinary nutritionists" Lisa M. Freeman , Marjorie L. Hamper, and Lisa P. They also warn veterinarians to "counsel" raw-feeding pet owners on the "risks" which they admit they do not know.

So, we may expect these baseless scare tactics to spread exponentially each time we take our dogs to gullible vets who chose not to do their own research about the extraordinary health advantages of feeding properly balanced, home-prepared diets of fresh meats and vegetables. Obese dogs exercise less! In an October study of 39 dogs, the researchers reached the totally unsurprising "preliminary" conclusion that "obesity is associated with lower vigorous intensity physical activity".

This comes on the heels of the April study finding that dogs' weight gain is tied to their quantity of food intake, and the June study finding that the quality of life is reduced in obese dogs, but improves after weight loss.

Dry dog food manufacturers continue to lie about ingredients in their prescription allergen diets. In a May study of twelve dry kibble dog foods especially marketed for dogs with food allergies, an Italian research team found that ten of the kibbles While the report does not disclose the names of the manufacturers or the brands of the kibbles, the researchers state that they came from five international dog food companies and consisted of eleven novel protein diets and one hydrolysed diet.

Examples of false advertising included two advertised as containing only duck but were contaminated with fish and mammal proteins; two advertised as containing only rabbit but were contaminated with bird and fish; one advertised as containing only deer but was contaminated with bird and fish proteins; and one advertised as containing only lamb but was contaminated with bird proteins.

This very disturbing report is consistent with a similar study published in August in which was found that ten of twenty-one commercial dog foods had falsified their ingredients. See a summary of that report here. In a June report , US researchers examined veterinarian-prepared dog food recipes and found only 8 6. The results suggest that most veterinarians have been ill-trained in companion animal nutrition. US researchers find false crude fiber percentages reported on commercial dog food ingredients lists.

A team of University of California at Davis nutritionists studied 20 canned and 20 dry dog foods for fiber concentration. They reported in their April article that ingredients lists on the packages were unreliable as indicators of the actual fiber concentrations and compositions of the dog foods.

In an August report , ten of twenty-one tested commercial dog foods either contained ingredients specifically excluded on the label or did not contain ingredients specifically advertised on the label. For instance, a food labeled as containing venison instead contained beef and pork and no venison or deer meat at all; a food labeled "lamb" contained pork instead of lamb; a food labeled "chicken meal" contained pork instead.

Foods labeled "no gluten" or "grain-free" in fact contained gluten and grain levels four times higher than allowable amounts.

Commercial pet food companies are notorious for switching main, advertised ingredients, depending upon costs of those ingredients. This August report clearly substantiates that fact. Netherlands' obesity in show dogs study f inds cavaliers in the 4 to 5 "ideal" range of the 9-point BCS.

The 18 cavaliers were scored between 3 and 6. To confirm the efficacy of this new diet, RVC seeks to recruit dogs which are suspected of having idiopathic epilepsy, with these qualifications: UK research paper title says it all: UK study concludes dogs' weight gain is tied to quantity of food intake.

A team of UK veterinary dieticians with nothing more pressing to do, spent 4. See the summary of this report in the Veterinary Journal. Four out of four venison diet dog foods also contained common pet food proteins. In a US diet study report , manufacturers of four out of four tested commercial dog foods that claim to contain only venison as a protein really included other common pet food proteins.

Introducing the Heart Diet. UK cardiologist Simon Swift noted at a symposium that:. The Heart Diet was reported in a article by Drs. Freeman board certified veterinary nutritionist and John E.

Rush board certified veterinary cardiologist , and by Peter J. Markwell senior veterinary nutritionist at a UK dog food company. They fed "a moderately reduced sodium diet enriched with antioxidants, n-3 fatty acids, taurine, carnitine, and arginine" for four weeks to fourteen dogs, including cavaliers, with asymptomatic mitral valve disease. Another fifteen asymptomatic dogs, including cavaliers, were fed a placebo.

They found that the dogs on the heart diet had measurable reductions in heart size, including the left-atrial dimension and left-ventricular internal dimension. All three foods were heavy in cellulose and other nutritionally worthless fillers intended to give dogs "that full feeling", along with corn and wheat. Royal Canin's Satiety Support, a diet both high in protein and fiber reportedly was found by the Royal Canin researchers to be the most effective of the three products in satisfying appetite and thereby reducing the dog's inclination to begging and scavenging.

They also compared the diets for satiety, digestibility and palatability. Pfizer finds its Slentrol is effective in reducing dogs' weight. In a study sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. Dirlotapide treatment was found to be clinically safe, and although emesis and diarrhea occurred in a few dogs, all cases resolved spontaneously.

Obesity in pet dogs. Incidence differed among breeds. Dogs given proprietary dog biscuits or meal as part of their diet showed a higher incidence of obesity than those which were not. Dogs getting table scraps or other home-prepared food as the main part of their food showed a higher incidence of obesity than those fed on proprietary canned dog meat.

Study of obesity in dogs visiting veterinary practices in the United Kingdom. The primary purpose of the survey was to assess the level of obesity on a five point scale with properly identified criteria. Information on the clinical condition of each dog was also recorded as well as proportions of food types fed, particulars of breed, sex, age, sexual status and the dog's name. Results showed that Labradors were found to be the most likely breed to become obese.

Neutered females were about twice as likely to be obese as entire females. The same trend was evident with neutered males. Circulatory problems were associated with dogs over 10 years old and those which were gross, rather than obese. Skin and reproductive problems showed little relationship with age or obesity.

Neoplasia was much more prevalent in dogs over 10 years old but had little relationship with either sexual status or obesity rating. There was a high rate of usage of prepared food for all categories. The amount of fresh food fed decreased rapidly as the proportion of canned food increased, but the obese and non-obese dogs showed very little difference in the type of food fed. Kronfeld, Susan Donoghue, Lawrence T. The data suggest that body condition scores from a population of dogs presenting to a large referral teach ing hospital vary with breed and age.

These differences should be considered when assessing nutritional status of patients and when prescribing energy intakes for sick dogs. Effect of age and body weight on neurohumoral variables in healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. To evaluate the effect of age and body weight on several neurohumoral variables that are commonly altered in heart failure in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The clinical condition of the dogs was evaluated by physical examination, thoracic radiography, and echocardiography.

Concentration of ET-1 correlated positively with heart rate; heart rate did not change with age. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Natriuretic peptides can be used as further evidence that heart failure exists.

The increased plasma concentrations of NT-ANP but not BNP and P-NN with aging reflect neurohumoral physiologic changes that must be distinguished from pathologic changes in patients with heart failure. Prince Laurent Foundation Price.

We took into consideration three categories of food: The difference between the 2 extremes amounts to more than 32 months approximately 3 years. This difference is important F Value: Food is consequently of great importance for the life expectancy of the dog. We can consider that home made food is a protection factor for the domestic dog. Prevalence of obesity in dogs examined by Australian veterinary practices and the risk factors involved. This questionnaire was sent to a total of practices which were asked to record details of eligible dogs, and the reason why they had been examined during the previous month.

Breed influenced the importance of sex and neutering as risk factors. The prevalence of overweight and obese dogs combined was 41 per cent; the prevalence increased with age up to about 10 years old, and then declined. Rural and semirural dogs were more at risk of obesity than urban and suburban dogs. Breeds of dog with a high risk of becoming obese include cocker spaniels, labrador retrievers, collies Mason , long-haired dachshunds, Shetland sheepdogs, Cairn terriers, bassett hounds, Cavalier King Charles spaniels and beagles.

Prevalence and risk factors for obesity in adult dogs from private US veterinary practices. Risk factors for overweight and obesity were also determined from the following variables: From multivariate analyses, overweight dogs were more likely to be older, of certain breeds Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Dalmatian, Dachshund, Rottweiler, Golden Retriever, Shetland Sheepdog, Mixed-breed , neutered, and to consume a semi-moist food as their major diet source.

In addition, overweight adult dogs were most likely to reside in the Pacific, South Central, East North Central, or Northeast regions of the United States and be diagnosed with hyperadrenocorticism, ruptured cruciate ligament, hypothyroidism, lower urinary tract disease, or oral disease. Obese dogs were more likely to be older, of certain breeds Shetland Sheepdog, Dachshund, and Golden Retriever , neutered, and to consume "other" foods meat or other food products, commercial treats, or table scraps , homemade, or canned foods as their major diet source.

Also, obese adult dogs were more likely to live in the Pacific or Northeast region of the United States and be diagnosed with hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, pancreatitis, ruptured cruciate ligament, or neoplasia. Aflatoxicosis in dogs and dealing with suspected contaminated commercial foods. An outbreak of aflatoxicosis was reported in at least dogs consuming a commercial food manufactured [by Diamond pet food] in the southeastern United States.

Of the dogs examined at our university facility, 8 were confirmed with aflatoxicosis and served to illustrate the variability in clinical signs of acute aflatoxicosis as well as to highlight the appropriate steps for appropriate notification of the manufacturer and regulatory agencies, documentation for each animal, and confirmation of the involved toxin.

Obesity is usually the result of either excessive dietary intake or inadequate energy utilization, which causes a state of positive energy balance. Numerous factors may predispose an individual to obesity including genetics, the amount of physical activity, and the energy content of the diet.

The main medical concern of obesity relates to the many disease associations that accompany the adiposity. Numerous studies demonstrated that obesity can have detrimental effects on the health and longevity of dogs and cats. The effect of genetics is illustrated by recognized breed associations in both dogs e.

The problems to which obese companion animals may be predisposed include orthopedic disease, diabetes mellitus, abnormalities in circulating lipid profiles, cardiorespiratory disease, urinary disorders, reproductive disorders, neoplasia mammary tumors, transitional cell carcinoma , dermatological diseases, and anesthetic complications.

Thank you so much for such a great article! Which always confused me because dogs naturally eat meat so I have been feeding her BARF for the past 3 years and it has worked wonders, she always really enjoys it and sometimes I mix it up and feed her chicken necks, sardines, egg and other bits and pieces to add variations to her diet.

She also loves her veggies mixed in with her meat every now and then. Xx thank you again. We started feeding raw in December because we got a puppy from a breeder who feeds only raw prey model and had started the puppy on raw. But, holy cow, is he the silkiest, most beautiful, fastest growing puppy ever?

Thank you for sharing your knowledge — I learned some new stuff today that will help in transitioning our other dogs to raw. We are considering changing our 1. However, I was wondering if its safe to not have a fully raw diet? Great article by the way! I had a boxer for almost 14 years old that died from bone and prostate cancer. I thought feeding Eukanuba was the best thing.

Ten years have passed without a dog companion. I feed him a mix of everything. For snacks I give my dog raw meaty bones for teeth cleanning and dehydrated treats from Orijen. I cannot go barf all the way. Thanks for the kind words! I agree, you have to do what you can and some fresh food is better than no fresh food: Hey Charlene, good question! Statistically speaking, there are many more salmonella recalls with kibble and according to veterinarian, Dr.

Bruce Syme see quote in this article , kibble fed dogs are more likely to shed salmonella in their feces. Dogs that eat high-starch, high-carb diets have a higher stomach pH more alkaline which is less able to handle bacteria in raw foods. Dogs on a meat-based, raw diet will have a lower stomach pH more acidic which is much more effective in destroying food-borne pathogens, bacteria, etc.

I based my dogs diet off of the BARF plan. I did this due to my background in animal biology, fully believing in them being facultative carnivores, and becauseyou dog can only eat 2 protiens. I really like the ability to make sure he has a variety of added nutrients from the fruits, veggies, yogurt and bone broth that we can add since his proteins are so limited. Thank you for the information. I am starting my large great dane and sm breed dogs soon.

My main concern is for the larger breed the amount of food? Also if you have any recipes you could send me. Should they fast though? Glad to hear your starting your dogs on raw! It will cover everything you need to know to determine how much raw food to feed your dog.

Thanks for the helpful info! I have been reading up on the raw food plan for weeks now in hopes to transition my sweet girl to completely raw soon. About two weeks ago I started her on a supplement and on organic flax oil as well. I was once in your shoes so I completely get it.

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Looking forward to hearing how the transition goes: As for blood and leftover pieces of guts- no problemo, the floor in kitchen is smooth tile, i just pick up the chunks and wipe the smears. He has regained much of his old energy once we switched from oncologic vet food to raw meat, and takes chemo quite well. So definitely no negative temperament developments or resource protecting happening there.

As far as where to find food, I will be relaunching the Primal Pooch website soon and will have vendor guides to help dog owners find more options for raw dog food. This guides will continually grow so I encourage you to check back often. If you want to be notified when the new version of the site and the vendor guides are up, feel free to navigate to the homepage and sign up for the email list.

Best of luck with the diet change and so happy to hear your dog is thriving on raw! Thank you for the wonderful article i now know a lot more about raw diets i am getting my two siberian huskies in the next month or two and i was wondering what anyone thinks about feeding raw to puppies is it the same thing or should i do something else i am going to feed a mix of PMR and BARF maybe on different days anyone have a tips for feeding a raw diet to a puppy or is it the same thing with adult dogs just with different sizes and portion sizes.

You can definitely feed raw to your pups. See this article for how much to feed and this article for transition directions. Thank you for clearing up the differences in raw feeding. I have just made my first purchase, a freezer: It seems to me any raw should be beneficial.

Your thoughts on some raw? A freezer is an excellent first purchase: But some fresh food is better than no fresh food, so start where you can. You have literally just given me a huge breath of fresh air. I started introducing raw meat about a week ago bought a premade mix with muscle meat, offal and supplements as a start , mixing it with his kibble.

Is it possible that I can already see the effect?? His behaviour changed from the day I started: And his fur has gone from dull to shiny in a matter of days! But I have been super hesitant about making the full switch because I have been over-reading, and have felt completely torn between Barf and Prey Model.

Now, thanks to your article, I feel I have regained faith in my own common sense, and feel ready to approach this with trial and error. No more feeling guilty about every small decision I make!

Also, he had his second bone this morning, handled it like a champ after swallowing a smaller one after only 2 bites yesterday, which freaked me out! Thank you so much for the wealth of information, the flexible open mind, and the incredible peace of mind you have given me: Sofia, this makes me SO happy to hear! Just like raw meat, raw eggs are safe and healthy!

But if your dog has never eaten raw before, I suggest transitioning raw foods in their diet slowly. Thank you so much for this great article! Even though we are cat owners and make food for cats, I think it is so important for people in the raw community to stand together.

Some raw is better than no raw. Plus, everyone has different budgetary constraints, and in some locations there is a more limited selection of meats and especially organs. What a great article.

Very well written and encouraging. I want to thank you so much for such a clearly written difference between the two diets. Keep your eye out for an update to this article soon! Marshall, I wanted to give you BIG thanks for your very informative and incredibly helpful website. Raw feeding has definitely picked up steam in the last few years, and I truly hope it continues. Keep up the excellent work! Ruth — thanks SO much for the kind words this made my day!

Congrats on getting started, I hope your dog is loving it! Hi Brad, congrats on the new addition to the family! I always recommend poultry for dogs new to raw but you can find more information there.

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