As I'm sure most of you know from my other recent posts, I'm dealing with a 6 month old sheltie who is all of a sudden acting strangely. Tests have been done at the vet and we are out of answers. Shes completely fine now and we are hopeing this never happens again...but we have a plan now incase it does. But along my journey through the web I've stumbled acrossed some very interesting things. I've noticed I feed Kasey Halo brand dog food...which seems great but I noticed is high in soy. Now from what I have read soy can cause seizures in dogs who are prone to them...correct me if I am wrong on this please. I'm not saying Halo is bad because I think it is one of the better brands out there but I'm sure as with any brand it may not be right for some dogs. Now I'm into my second bag of Halo and it wasn't until we were through with our first bag that we noticed Kasey's strange behavior...could this be it? I honestly don't know...I'm not sure of anything at this point but I wanted to share what I have found with you all... http://canineseizuresbreakthroughs.com http://dogtorj.tripod.com/id83.html
I found these websites extremely interesting but I was wondering what everyone on here thought about them? Do you think switching to a home cooked diet is best? or what is the best store bought dog food out there? Or do you think there is no fantastic store bough dog food? Dr j (in the second link) said that natural balance potato and duck is the best out of the many other dog brand...still not as great as home cooked but its better then other store brands. This is what we fed kasey prior and she was fine.
Tell me what you think...maybe I have finally gone off the deep end :)
If you feed canned and dry foods to your dog, surely that has to do something in the end. I dont use either of these and my dogs are healthy to me. Just think what they were feeding their dogs before canned food came along. The farmers would cut up the family's meat and throw any bits they dont use to their dogs and cats.
Yes I believe it all. Why not switch to a raw feeding diet and see how she goes. No harm in trying.
This is the diet I follow with a little addition I might change around a bit.
I would seriously research and take careful consideration in feeding raw food to your baby. I have included a very important link for your to look at and review; only you can ultimately decide what to feed but I would use precaution.
Here is information taken directly from the above-mentioned website:
On the contrary, feeding your pet a raw-meat diet that you balance yourself is dangerous for many reasons. Among them:
High quality pet food is already balanced for the stage of life and health condition of your pet. Trying to "wing it" by formulating the right balance is very difficult and can easily lead to nutritional deficiency, especially in young, growing pets.
Raw bones in meat can splinter and become lodged in the throat or digestive system, where they can block passage or cut tissue. They can also fracture teeth.
Bacteria in raw meat IS dangerous to pets, as well as owners. Dogs and cats may have persistent diarrhea that their owners just accept as normal. However, this is a sign of illness and can cause other problems down the road, besides the discomfort suffered by the animal.
Again, this information was provided strictly from the above-mentioned website and is not my own writing or opinion.
I hope Kasey is doing better and please keep us all updated on her! Good luck and how about some pics?
I see your point of view but I have talked with many many people about feeding a raw diet and many of them have said how wonderful their pets are doing now and how healthy they are. They put alot of terrible things in dog food and its also cooked to such high temperatures thats the nutrients are cooked right out of it so they have to add in supplements. With the raw diet Kasey gets the most nutrients out of it. she has had no diarrea. I have alot heard of no dogs getting sick from eating raw foods. What would they do in the wild? Humans and dogs have natural salmonilla(spelled that wrong I'm sure) in their bodies, dogs however have the immune systems to battle this bacteria. the only dogs I have ever heard get sick of this bacteria are the ones that ate kibble and maybe some of the peanut butter from the epidemic that had went on. All owners (who have fed raw for years) that I spoke to have never had a problem. Some vets (the good vets) will tell you a raw diet is most natural and best for a pet. But alot of vets get cuts from the dog food companies for selling or recommending products (just as a doctor gets wined and dined by the prescription companies and are eager to always prescribe). Kasey also eats on the floor and I clean up after her well. I have done alot of research on this and Kasey seems more livelier then ever. I'm not saying that your information is wrong and I'm so thankful for your careing. I just wanted to state on here why I chose raw. To each their own though. Hopefully this makes all the difference for Kasey. Thank you for your care it means alot. -Ashley (and little kaseypoo)
I don't have any real knowledge of the raw diet but I do know that my parents had a malamute that recently died at the ripe age of 14 1/2. They fed him table scraps his entire life. (farm life) He had dry food in a self-feeder bin always available but mostly ate the scraps. There has to be something said for that. Personally, I wouldn't feed my dog scraps simply for the begging factor. But Thor (the malamute) was an outside dog and was never near a dinner table. I guess each dog and owner lifestyle is different. Good luck to you and yours.