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Anything  I post here doesn't necessarily reflect my personal opinion, but here is an interesting take on the dry versus natural diet argument. Take from it what you like.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/01...

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Dr. Andrew Jones DVM (another one of these 'money raking' health guru's) has just published in his newsletter about GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) which the Weston A. Price Foundation have been promoting (even ahead of Dr. Mercola et.al). Before anyone starts knocking this, the science behind it is cutting edge, which my niece who is a Micro.Biol researcher at the Uni of Sheffield has confirmed is quite accurate as far as current knowledge goes.  Fermenting food is another angle I have been using to help with my own health. I have only been able to cut and paste the article.  It has a share on Facebook and on Twitter, but no way of sharing here. So here it is, cut and pasted:

Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS)™ is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain.

I have written many times about gut health being linked to a number of common dog and cat diseases- it is no surprise that it is also linked to brain health.

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What is GAPS?
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This term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell–McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition) in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD⁄ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.


The purpose of the treatment is to detoxify the person, to lift the toxic fog off the brain to allow it to develop and function properly. In order to achieve that we need to clean up and heal the digestive tract, so it stops being the major source of toxicity in the body and becomes the source of nourishment, as it is supposed to be. As more than 90% of everything toxic floating in our blood (and getting into the brain) comes from the gut, healing it will drop the level of toxicity in the body dramatically.

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New Allergy Treatement
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People with food allergies and intolerances should go through the Introduction Diet in order to heal and seal their gut lining. The reason for allergies and food intolerances is so-called “leaky gut” when the gut lining is damaged by abnormal micro flora. Foods do not get the chance to be digested properly before they get absorbed through this damaged wall and cause the immune system to react to them. Many people try to identify, which foods they react to. However, with damaged gut wall they are likely to absorb most of their foods partially digested, which may cause an immediate reaction or a delayed reaction (a day, a few days or even a couple of weeks later).

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GAPS for Pets
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Is there likely a similar connection with our animals?

Yes

We are feeding far TOO MUCH processed food, high carbohydrate food that is damaging gut health.

We are also dealing with an epidemic of pets suffering from autoimmune diseases; allergies are most common, but the immune system is also damaging organs such as the kidneys ( ie Chronic Renal Failure), affecting the joints in arthritis, the skin in Pemphigus, and the brain in Cognitive Dysfunction

Clearly what you feed your pets can have a DRAMATIC impact on their health.

My suggestions...

1. LESS processed food- less kibble, more home diets and raw

2. IF you are feeding kibble, ensure that it has MINIMAL carbohydrates

3. Supplement. My Supplements, Ultimate Canine and Ultimate Feline health Formulas both contain a high percentage of probiotics.

4. Add in some natural probiotics in the form of palin yoghurt - this can be added daily.

5. Go here and get a COMPLETE list of ALL the home diets you can be feeding now:

http://www.theonlinevet.com


Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

Bess will often eat food frozen that she won't eat defrosted.  Her enjoyment of a frozen kidney is something to see, but once defrosted the only other way she'll eat it is cooked.  She enjoys frozen chicken necks, and doesn't seem to take any less delight in her rabbit if it's defrosted or not. 

Lamb ribs are apparently of no interest unless they are straight from the freezer, or left for a few weeks in the garden. 

Just think of the pleasure dogs take from scavenging in a dustbin if they have a chance - we wouldn't want to do that either, but it's like a sweet shop to a dog. 

It can be quite hot here in Australia and I'm cautious of feeding chicken on those high temperature days. So I freeze chicken necks/wings in an ice cream container with water from cooked veggies if I have some..... Lasts longer and less chance I feel of bacteria, especially if it's in the 30's..... And they enjoy them :0))

Another interesting article, thanks Fran.

I took Bess to the vets last week for her booster jabs, and of course was asked what I'm feeding her.  With a bit of trepidation I admitted to 'raw'.  The vet (a young girl who I'm afraid to admit I didn't think should have been out of school yet - just shows how old I'm getting!  :0) ) said that to her it doesn't matter what her clients' dogs are fed, as long as it is a balanced diet, and they understand what they are feeding.  I thought that was an enlightened comment from a vet, and perhaps shows even people who just feed a manufactured 'complete' food should understand the ingredients, and whether it is sufficient for their pet.  Looking at Bess she decided her diet was obviously a good one as she was in such good condition. 

Price is an issue but I've been feeding Rigsby and Benson Albion meat products, with lambs hearts and chicken wings/carcasses, for six months now and we haven't looked back....I spend approx £50.00 a month on their food so it doesn't work out anymore expensive than the dry stuff I was feeding them before.  In fact, I'm in pocket as Rigsby hasn't had the constant ear problems so we've not had any recent visit to the vets.  Benson is looking slimmer and Rigsby's coat is healthy and shiny.  Results all round.

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