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My sympathies. Migraines are not something i would wish on anyone.
It really sounds like you are on top of your diet and if i had a beverage in front of me i would cheers you. I will always respect someone who is food conscious even if we have to agree to disagree about our dogs diet.
And likewise. To our dogs may they live a long, healthy and happy life!
To me, it sounds like the raw food diet was a total disaster for your dogs and I don’t blame you for not wanting to going back. However, my results have been the complete opposite. Anal glands did not need to be expressed, no more need for allergy medication for the itching and no more topical sprays for his hot spots after transitioning to raw food.
Some breeds may have a better time handling the diet than others.
Anyway, I think we can both agree we won’t be changing either of our minds. Our journey’s just happened to take us on a different path.
There is so much truth to that statement: “after a while you don’t crave any of it”. To my surprise, I thought I would a pop after 6 years of not drinking one, however after taking the first sip i nearly threw-up. The amount of sugar was overwhelming. I couldn’t believe it! I used to drink these cans of pop like nothing.
Aha! Those gosh darn muffins!
In all seriousness, I am happy to hear that you did note positive results. It can be very tricky figuring out digestive issues. Almost have to do the elimination diet. Not fun!
Do you mind me asking what kind of raw food did you give them?
My puppy (akita inu) eats raw food that my pet store provides.
If you have a second check below:
My favorite and his favorite is the turkey, salmon, lamb mix.
I gave up sugar too. Power to you because that is honestly the toughest thing to give up. It is in everything!
I mean to say i gave up any added sugar. And yes the results are terrific. Happy to hear you feel better.
Thank you 🙂
Did you get a blood test for it? The only reason why I ask is because they tested me first with a blood test for Celiac and it turned out to be negative. But as soon as they put a scope down into my small intestine they were able to discover that i did indeed have it.
Interesting. My great grandparents and my grandparents owned Alaskan huskies all their life, they did not see a lower mortality rate with their dogs back then.
I agree with you entirely regarding the puppy mills!
I cant eat bread. I found out I have celiac disease due to the modification of wheat.
Which was misdiagnosed my entire life. And when I spent 18 days in the hospital, a team of 12 doctors couldn’t even figure out what i had. My family friend who did her research brought the possibility of it being Celiac Disease up. That was how we figured it out, then a surgeon said lets test for it through an endoscopy. Sure enough it was what my family friend suspected it to be.
My point is, doctors or vets may not learn/be taught everything. Sometimes doing your own research, or in this case a friend doing the research can save your life.
That does not mean you shouldn’t do your own educated research.
Go ahead and ask your vet a simple request to go over all of the ingredients they put into your dog kibble and have them explain to you each and every ingredient and its purpose and benefits. Since they are so much wiser than you it shouldn’t be a difficult request to ask. You must love the Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2, genetically modified organisms, pesticides and all the other artificial flavorings and preservatives they add into it. It’s not like dog food has ever been recalled before…Nor have vets ever been wrong on anything before…
Up here in Alaska our sled dogs don’t seem to mind eating raw, something of which they have been down for hundred plus years. And our family and friends pets all seem to live a long healthy life.
It wasn’t until the early 1950’s that dogs started to eat kibble. I wonder what they were eating before that?? Back then you would hardly ever hear of a dog having cancer, seizures, allergies, or the multitude of skin problems you see today.
There is a plethora of great articles and books out there regarding the history of dogs and their diets, especially feeding raw.
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Commercial or Homemade- I do a bit of both. There are a few pet stores that offer a rewards program. For instance, if you buy ‘X’ amount of frozen dinners you get one free. I find going raw is not all that expensive. Also, remember you will save money in the long run from not needing to go to the Vet from issues concerning dry kibble. Such as allergy meds, reactions, cancer, etc…
Ordering food tends to be more costly, you may be better off going to a local butcher or a local grocery store and find meat there, i have a great success finding offal in grocery stores, very inexpensive too. Make sure you wash any meat you buy from the grocery store thoroughly and freeze meat no less than 3 days in order to kill any bacteria that may have contaminated the meat.
Make sure you clean up after your dog eats. I will brush my dogs teeth after eating if i plan on letting him lick me or my guests to ensure no spreading of bacteria. (Vet’s Best Dog Toothbrush and Enzymatic Toothpaste Set | Teeth Cleaning and Fresh Breath Kit with Dental Care Guide| Vet Formulated is a great toothbrush and toothpaste) I’ve been feeding my puppy raw for a year now and noticed tremendous results. I will never revert to kibble again.
My vet strongly advised me not to go raw and at the same time tried to push Royal Canon on me. The same dog food that nearly killed my last dog.
One of my friends is a vet and she told me that they do not spend much time in school learning about raw. And whatever they did cover was all negative. I have yet to hear of a dog or puppy getting seriously ill from going raw.
I wouldn’t try to convince your vet otherwise, save your breathe. Just keep doing research and you will be fine and learn so much!
There are great website out there that give you a great breakdown on meat, fat, bone, and offal percentages you should be feeding your dog.
i wish you the best of luck!
P.s. I’ve worked in feed kitchens before and seen what goes into dog kibble, its quite alarming.