I gotta tell ‘ya… Every day, I grow more and more impressed with the quality and depth of knowledge of our members posting on our discussion forum. It’s by far the most informative discussion forum I’ve been involved with. We’ve got a really great team of professionals and enthusiasts contributing right now, and I’ve been very pleased with the high level of contributions.
Here’s an example from one of our members, Ginny O’Shea, who advises about dog food and allergies: Ginny writes: “I feed my dogs the raw food diet. There is a butcher in my area on Long Island that grinds the meat with the bone, (very important), into two pound packages. He grinds chicken, duck, turkey, beef, and lamb. It costs no more than good canned food.” “You can get the book “See Spot Live Longer” from the library, and read about the micotixins and fungi that exist in commercial dry food that contribute to a miriad of health issues, and ultimately shorten your dog’s life.
My dogs do great on the raw food diet. They need much less medication for fleas, ticks, which thrive on a unhealthy host.” “I just add fish oil and ground veggies to the meal, and I know they are getting the nutrition they need to fight skin conditions, tumors, cancer, authritis, and just generally avoid trips to the vet.
I highly recommend reading that book, I can’t possibly go into all the details here. It’s quite an eye opener exposing the real truth about commercial dog food.” “I forgot to mention that when the dogs eat raw food, the enzymes keep their teeth clean, so you can forget about having to brush their teeth, or worry about doggy breath as well and any gas problems that canned and dry food cause. It’s actually the gluten, grain in the dog food that causes the tarter build up on the dogs teeth.
My dogs are Staffordshire Terrier, two years old, and an American Bulldog, one and a half. They have been fed raw food since I got them.” “The Staffordshire Terrier was a year old when I got him, and the American Bulldog was five months when I rescued her. They are doing fantastic on the diet. My sister’s dog was loaded with benign tumors, and allergy problems. Constant itching. She switched to the raw diet, and almost all of the dogs tumors faded. My dogs are each around 60 pounds.” “My food comes in two pound packages. I split a package and give each dog half. They get fed in the morning, and at night. So I go through two packages a day. I also grind up in the food processor spinach, celery, kale,brocolli, sweet potatoe, carrots, garlic (for a natural flea repellent), and parlsey. You must grind the veggies very small, or cook them slightly for the dogs to be able to digest and absorb the vitamins. They can’t break down the thick walls of the veggies like we can.” “So make sure their almost mush.
This sounds like a lot of work, but I only do it once a week and store it in the fridge. I also add fish oil to each meal. One to two tablespoons of veggies each meal is what I add. Also, you don’t really need glucousamine with a raw diet because the cartilage and bone is ground in with it. A natural source. If you can’t add veggies, you can supplement with a pet one-a-day. The stuff I buy costs $1.10 lb. You can add some raw to the kibble, at least the dog will benefit from the raw food and still enjoy the kibble.”