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See my latest thread about dog food myths. Robert Alleyne who is a friend of mine going back years, really doesn't go far enough, and he knows that's how I (and others) feel. He personally has problems with raw food, but that's his decision and I love Rob to bits (you should see he and I when we get together, we are like long lost soul mates... people have even thought there is something going on between us lol) .
Any diet can be detrimental, even raw. The first raw foods I placed my dogs on were ghastly and the health problems I was hoping to reverse were still there in great force. However, since they have been on good quality raw, with my knowing where that meat was sourced and the cuts of meat used, there have been incredible improvements, Yes, there is an underlying health issue with two of them, which is a slight pancreatic insufficiency, which is now under control, but a good quality raw food was much easier for the two with PI to digest even without the enzymes which are now added to their food.
I read with interest the article found by following your link. I had briefly looked into the BARF diet when I acquired Ruairi. I found much similar information and then I discussed it with my vet. Consequently I feed the prescription Royal Canin Development Food. However, one part in the article really stood out for me as I had not seen that reference to potential lack of fatty acids in some of the foods. Ruairi has had one ear infection and he had dry skin. The addition of the olive oil to his food has certainly made a difference on the latter issue and constant vigilance for the former. Obviously I must seriously consider the fatty acids in making a choice regarding his adult diet. Thank you for this information.
Hi Astrid. I must start by saying both my dogs are raw fed. BARF = Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or as some people say "Bone and Raw Food". I have read the article from the link. I would say that most of it is not true. Most vets have very little knowledge about animal nutrition at all. Most vets (but not all) only know what they are taught by pet food companies and obviously these companies are not going to tell vets that a raw diet is best for our dogs. Most of what is printed against a raw food diet is written by people connected to commercial pet food companies. Just look at how many commercial brands of dog food (Kibble) have been re-called over the last couple of years. Most of them were contaminated with salmonella. This contamination was a low risk to dogs, but a very high risk to humans.
Good advertising is the best way to sell a bad product. Most people have been taken in by the pet food industry.
Have a look at these two videos by Dr Karen Becker and see what you think.