Discussion in 'Dog Food and Recipes' started by josephine, Jan 8, 2005.
I wouldn't feed my dogs an all meat diet...
The real problem with that advice, at least for those of us in the U.S., is that most vets don't really have much knowledge about pet nutrition other than what's been passed on to them by two major pet food manufacturers - that make severely under-quality and unhealthy products. Asking your typical veterinarian about your dog or cat's nutrition just isn't going to get any substantially helpful advice.
Well then...what is all the whoop-lah about raw food diets? I know it's suppose to be "natural," but I am skeptical still. Many of those raw, meaty diets have no supplimentation of veggies, grains etc. The idea is that when a dog kills a rabbit or whatever, there's all that stuff in them anyhow, so they are getting meat, digested veggies and perhaps grain of some sort. What is your opinion on that?
Personally, I like a premium kibble. I can't see having raw, bloody bones drug around my house. Call me a neat freak. LOL.
Oh, there's no doubt that a properly administered BARF diet is superlative. But the key is properly administered; that can be a staggering proposition, especially if you have to earn a living and live with another human being and have to sleep once in awhile. It probably wouldn't be that strenuous with small dogs, but with a bunch like mine???? I've read about some Fila breeders that feed only raw, but they obviously have plenty of time and a superior source of income. And I'll be honest, one of them is a breeder that I and several others consider to be a dangerous liability to the breed and its reputation - but that's another thread for another day.
There is a product, Sojourn (www.sojos.com) that has really impressed me with its quality and practicality. It is a 'formula' that you add to the raw food, I think it's available in varieties that contain grain and do not contain grain. It balances out the nutrients so you know your dog is getting the full spectrum.
Truthfully, though, I don't see myself changing from the Innova, especially since they are now eating the EVO formula.
Hi, I'm new to the forum. I have 2 dogs... Frisky, 2.5 year old black male lab and Maggie, 1.5 year old brown female collie mix. They are both healthy and in great shape. But we do feed them home-made rations; in fact they have very little of their "dog food" in a day. It's usually either mixed with some wet canned food or some milk or they get some rice with yogurt or bread.
Is this bad for them? They eat twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. They don't like their dry dog food very much, especially if that's all there is on their plates. It should at least be mixed with something. If they aren't showing any signs of stomach upsets or loss of weight, should I be concerned?
Milk is not good for adult dogs as they are lactose intolerant,milk is good for the puppies.Milk can cause diarrhea.
If you want to give to your dogs milk,give only small amounts of it.
As far as i know yogurt is good,the plain yogurt though not the yogurts that have sugar in them.
Cheese is good too!
I've noticed that dogs eat dry food when they are hungry,they don't eat it when they are being fed with other "better" stuff.
You have to be careful with home made food,watch out the toxic stuff that can harm your dogs,for example onions are a BIG NO NO for dogs
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The yoghurt is a great addition. Just make sure it has active cultures so your dog is getting the full benefit of the enzymes.
Some dogs don't like the sourness of plain yoghurt, but really love the vanilla. Just make sure you're not giving them the stuff that's sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Or you can take the plain yoghurt and put a spoonful of honey in it, preferably raw. Raw honey is a great addition to a dog's diet. Just remember, moderation is the key to everything.
If your dogs really like the milk, you can try them on calf milk replacer. You get it at farm supply stores and co-ops. It's different because all the fat has been removed. We supplement our pups with it, especially since they have such large frames. It's also much, much less expensive than using canned milk.
Another thing you can put on their food for a treat is unsalted chicken or beef broth. They love it. For a treat, I buy beef hearts and simmer them in a pot of water with a clove or two of garlic. It's the leanest meat you can find; just good solid protein, and you can freeze the broth in portion sized containers and thaw it out later to put over their dry food.
wow cool information there renee,thanks!
Do you eat a raw diet yourself, Serena? Just curious since many people believe that this is a very healthy way for people to eat too as well as being the most natural way to eat.
ROFL! I've been threatening to go on a diet - the EVO diet! It's undoubtedly healthier than most of the stuff at the grocery store!
Hee hee hee. I'm glad you find me so amusing. I was being mostly serious. Well, sort of. I meet a lot of people on raw diets but they are mostly vegetarians so that's not so bad. But, really, before we invented fire we ate raw meat too.
Oh, I figured you were mostly serious; I was mostly joking! I've read articles about raw diets for humans. I think Jack LaLane is a proponent of at least a mostly raw diet. How old is he now, 1,000? I saw him on TV a couple of months ago and he looks great. He may live to be 150. I seriously doubt I want to live that long!
My sister is a vegetarian. She became one in college and came home lecturing us about how cruel it was to eat other animals. She hit me when I asked her why she was still wearing leather . . .
LOL, yeah. That's a common thing with vegetarians. People have all different ideas about being vegetarian and really there are tons of different kinds: ovo-lacto, lacto, vegan (life-style or just diet), macro-biotic, raw foods... And within all of that there are tons of different variations. I'm an ovo-lacto vegetarian although I rarely eat dairy or eggs so I could call myself a part-time vegan but that offends vegans.
I wear leather although most of it is from pre-veg. I have no qualms about buying used leather because the meat industry doesn't benefit some people do though because they feel they are "advertising" leather. I think fur is a horrible thing to wear because there is no purpose except fashion. And minks and other animals like that have horrible living conditions.
It's such a confusing issue. And so many people get really defensive about it. I don't care if others are vegetarian or not. Even if animals were killed/raised more humanely I still wouldn't eat meat. I don't like it. I would love to see slaughter methods changed and people incorporating more veggies/fruits/grains in their diets. I figure that's about all I can hope for.
So, I've gone off on a rant in a non-related thread. Oh well. At least the thread was about food!
I tried a vegetarian diet, ovo-lacto, for 90 days when I was body building. I got very ill. My body just doesn't function well that way. I do prefer the way we get our meat now - very Zen - we have two freezers full of Angus from having to humanely put down our big bull, Buddy. I had to stop and think about it before I could deal with that, but then realized that using what Buddy left us productively honored his spirit much more than wasting it. Very Zen, I learned - we eat what's given to us.
I never thought I'd cry over a bull.
To me, all animals are the same. I'd cry over my horses so it's completey rational to cry over a bull or chicken. They all have individual personalities.
My bf worked for two-weeks at a slaughter house. I won't go into detail because it would make the average person gag but it almost made his carnivorous soul go veg! And definitely put him off of commercial dog food after he say the cancerous, pussy, tumour infested meat that went in the dog food bins. <blah> I said I wouldn't talk about it. Whoops!
It's definitely harder for some people to be veg. It was easy for me. I never liked meat much anyway. I can't really say why it didn't work for you. I choose to believe that it could have with a different diet... But that's just because I believe in vegetarianism. I hope that doesn't offend you. it's just not something I'm ready to let go of yet. Silly. That's just how I am
I've often thought our bodies function best if we take into consideration what our ethnic ancestors way back ate. We're pretty obviously of Irish and some Scots stock; our Celtic ancestors coped with a short growing season, harvested natural grains, fished in cold waters and raised cattle. As well as stole them back and forth from each other - that's probably why there are so many lawyers in the family . . .
Yeah, I can see that being true. Fish is good for you. It's too bad the waters are so polluted now.
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