Gypsysmom, what is your schedule for feeding raw? What meats do you use? Do you also feed any veggies, or brown rice? Do you also feed kibble as well? I am also switching over to raw very slowly, but also going to feed kibble as well. I like California Natural, and Innova.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
Ok, maybe I haven't been clear enough, and I truly apologize for that.
I am not against a raw diet.
Just make sure it is balanced nutritionally.
And I wanted to point out certain myths that are circulating such as corn being a filler, and that byproducts are automatically a bad thing. In fact they might be very good quality meats, just not something we would eat. (lung, spleen)
As you stated, the diet was given to you by a vet. That would be a balanced diet.
Most people hear about feeding raw (or cooked) and just feed it how they think or were told it should go. I'm saying check with your vet to get a balnced diet. My vets do not advocate a raw diet BUT they do not tell people not to feed it. They simply help the person balance it properly.
I did not get my information from dog food companies.
As I posted, my information was from the Pocket Companion Small Animal Clinical Nutrition textbook and the North American Veterinary Conference from January 2009, a well the vets that I work for. I made sure to put all of that in including page numbers so that all of my information could be verified.
I would think that someone with a degree in pet nutrition would own that textbook. You may have the larger text. The page numbers in parenthesis refer to the page numbers in the larger textbook. You can go ahead and look it up and see that I did in fact get my information from there.
I didn't mean to start a war here. I just think that it is only fair to post both sides of an argument so that people can make their own informed decisions.
I posted similar material on another site and got positive feedback and thanks for pointing out that there is indeed regulations to be aware of.
The sheltie puppy with severe osteopenia from her body pulling the calcium from her own bones was not from a dog food company.
It is from JAVMA, Vol 234, No. 8, April 15, 2009 (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association)
The dog almost died, not because it was fed raw food. It almost died because the diet was severely dificient, over and in some cases adequate in nutrients.
The owners saw the premix on the internet and it said when mixed with raw ground beef it "can be fed to both puppies and adult dogs of all dietary needs."
Anaylsis of the premix showed that claim was not accurate. Maybe those owners would have appreciated someone telling them that they should check with a vet to verify the nutritional soundness of it.
Maybe they didn't know that a puppy and an adult have different nutritional needs and the fact that this said it could be fed to both should be verified.
I see people every single day who don't know things that others may consider to be obvious. Those people can't be told what I do for my pets and make the jump to the realization that it may not be right for their pets. They need to be told to ask the professionals what is best for their pet.
Someone in another post asked if they could wait until morning to take a dog to the vet who just swallowed a sewing needle and thread. Everybody responded with, no take him in right away. It was obvious to the responders but not to the person who asked the question. We all know things others do not and if we join this profession we are signing on to educate. We just need to present all of the facts so fair and well informed decisions could be made.
So feed whatever you want to feed your dog. Just balance it out. That is all I am saying.