The BARF diet is the best you can give your dog, without a shudder of a doubt. I am not referring to the ready made patties that you can order but a natural diet that you can prepare yourself.
My dogs eat chicken pet mince with rice and cooked vegs; or chicken frames with heaps of meat still attached and the liver and necks or lamb shanks or lamb flaps, boiled eggs, Vit. B & C (human variety) and fish oil (once again the human variety). It is far cheaper and at least I know that they are eating REAL food without all the preservatives and additives that most commercial dogs foods contain and they do somersaults for it.
What's wrong with the ready made patties? I'm a little strapped for time so I was thinking the ready made patties would be a great idea. Well, I guess it's not just a matter of time. I will have time for my new puppy. But I don't cook for myself so I don't see myself cooking for my puppy ; )
i listened to my sister who convinced me to try my dogs on the kirklands lamb and rice. rocky's eye is all goopy again. so i have them back on the natural balance potato and duck. i have tried sooooo many of the better brands and the only one that has worked is the nb. i am sticking to it for good.
I would much rather feed my dogs on raw foods that I buy; I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with the patties but once again it boils down to not knowing what they consist of. I don't cook for the dogs, I feed them raw mince with cooked rice and vegs amongst other things but all the meat is fed raw.
Thank you so much for keeping this topic open. My dog just had a seizure, and I have been trying to figure out what might have been the cause. I had just changed her food to "Merrick" and she had the canned food with the Rosemary in it. After she had her seizure she wouldn't touch the food, so I put her back on her old food and then today found this post. Hopefully this was the trigger. At the very least I feel like I have a better handle on what might be happening. Thanks again for leaving this post up.
I live in CAnada but I'm sure that there are some distributors of similar foods like Urban Wolf - it's a grain-free mix to which you add raw meat (or lightly cooked), oil and egg and just feed to your dog. It contains barley grass which has been found to have lots of antioxidants. You can also add blueberries for extra antioxidants. So if you want to feed raw but want to make sure you're giving your dog the right nutrition, such a mix would be ideal. Plus all the ingredients are 100% organic and it's convenient because you can freeze it. You don't have to gradually switch over. You also have to give an omega 3 supplement daily. My brother's dog, who had epilepsy, did a lot better when he was fed higher quality food.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland