Chels, veterinarians are not animal nutritionists. They can tell you that as well as I or anyone else can. Everyone knows how bad Hills is with their foods. They dish out a lot of money to vets to promote their product. If half of the clients stopped going to the vet, they'd probably still have a good income just from the company they promote. I've seen plenty of vets who refuse to give good words on Hills, Purina, Pedigree, etc. They are not nutritionalists, but they get the jist of it all.
RAW has improved the lives of many many dogs. So just because your vet got you to believe something probably based on myth and opinion does not mean that he is God, or that you can say it is a bad method.
Well just because I do not want to feed a RAW diet doesn't mean that my dogs are not as healthy as the one's that are getting fed a RAW diet. RAW diets are not for everyone.
Diamond Naturals is a good food. I feed the chicken and rice formula and my dogs are good with that. But some people's posts on here will make you feel that your dogs are not as good because you are not feeding that 50.00 bag of food.
personally i've done a boatload of reading and research on dog foods, so i likely know more than some vets. there is a lot of info out there. that doesn't make them bad vets, just they know more about animal disease and treatment than nutrition. which i know nothing about. and i still feed diamond.....maybe not the best but i'm okay with it.
Vets actually only get a pitiful amount of nutrition knowledge in school. Vets who specialize in nutrition wold be the only ones getting far more than average, and Animal nutritionists aren't all that common outside places like vet universities.
There's really no need to be nasty in every post.. No one here claims to be a vet. But many of the people here have researched dog food up the wazoo and at this point likely are better informed on ingredients than many vets.
Well wild dogs also do not get medical care, when they get hurt, like a bite from another dog, that can be a death sentence, or a broken leg. nor do they get vaccinations. so if you can show me some control on that observation.
Because I have never had or seen a dog that was feed RAW die prematurley because of it.
I am not a vet, And Vets are not nutritionists.not even an M.D, can legally prescribe you a diet, only a nutritionist can. And my vet does promote the RAW diet. as do People who race greyhounds, every winning dog team of the iditirod has been feed....RAW. The top dogs in protection sports RAW again. Now these people are dog people far beyond the reaches that we will ever know.
Try it, you might found what I have. I had an additude towards RAW similar to yours Chels, Till my Wifes dog at nine was taking duramaxx daily, could not manage three steps into our garage for dinner, I thought it was curtains for her. But my wife gave RAW a try, 2 weeks later shayna was off duramaxx, playing like a banshee. She is now 12 and hasn't slowed a bit. I immediatly switched all the dogs to RAW, Gunny who has some skin and ear problems, has not had an outbreak or an ear infection since. Moose, who is part mastiff part hound had some rank farts, no more farts. Addie who has never touched a bowl of kibble in her life. Has grown more evenly never goning through the "gangly" stage. also Addie got parvo earlier this year, Her blood work even during the worst of it, the vet remarked... incredible. I attribute her getting through it do to having been fed a fresh diet. Also, I work in emergency response of sorts. Sometimes I come home in the middle of the night. I used to walk through the door of our bedroom, overcome with doggie smell. Sometimes I could not even breathe it was so strong. again within 2 weeks of switiching to RAW, No more smell. I did not just make this stuff up, I get my dogs blood tested every year. I have researched it to the high heavens. I also have read up on the dog kibble industry, There is a book...Calles "food our pets die for" I suggest checking it out. It's worth a look.
***Edited By: gunny on 10/11/2006 1:13:22 AM*** Reason: d