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Give Them Meat: Why Are Vets Resistant To Raw Dog Food?

dogs eat meatLast month at the Waltham Nutritional Sciences Symposium, researcher Professor Wouter Hendriks presented more evidence that dogs are carnivores (you can see the video summary here). Those of us who feed raw are inclined to say, “Yeah? So what?” We’ve all taken that for granted, given the dog’s sharp, pointy carnivore teeth and carnivorous ancestors. So when I saw some web pages discussing this “new” finding, I was curious to see what anyone would get excited about.

Well, it seems like this might be news to some vets. “In veterinary school we learned that cats are carnivores; horses, rabbits and ruminants are herbivores; and pigs and dogs ­­— like people — are omnivores” says veterinarian Dr Patty Khuly in a recent article.

The vets further solidified their position of dogs as omnivores when a study was published in the scientific journal Nature earlier this year. The summary of that report was:

“Our results indicate that novel adaptations allowing the early ancestors of modern dogs to thrive on a diet rich in starch, relative to the carnivorous diet of wolves, constituted a crucial step in the early domestication of dogs.”

Dogs Are Carnivores…

Last month, professor Hendriks added another dimension to this study. His work shows that just because dogs have adapted to omnivorous diets doesn’t make them omnivores. Although the researchers in the starch study found a few genes that reflected adaptation to starches, “just a few genes’ difference is regarded as an adaptive shift to a condition. These alone can’t possibly alter the entire digestive evolution of a species” says Dr Khuly.

Dr Khuly also adds that dogs have the following carnivorous traits:

  • Dogs’ teeth are adapted to a carnivorous diet (for tearing muscle and crunching bone to extract marrow).
  • Many of their innate behaviors are carnivorous in nature. Consider digging, for example. Like wolves, dogs dig to hide parts of meals for future ingestion.
  • Dogs, like many large mammalian carnivores, are metabolically able to survive for long periods of time between meals.
  • Dogs have a lot of flexibility in metabolic pathways to help make up for a feast-or-famine lifestyle and a wide range of possible prey.

I’d agree with her up until this point. Dr Khuly then concludes, “The result of these findings, argues Dr Hendriks, is that the dog is undeniably a true carnivore. The dog just happens to have an adaptive metabolism as a result of living with humans for millennia. That’s why the dog is perfectly capable of eating a grain-based diet, as most commercially fed dogs do.

…But Not To Vets

Hold on there. How did we get from “dogs are undeniably carnivores” to “keep on feeding them a grain based diet” in the same paragraph? What just happened there?

Diabetes, a condition where the body is  unable to properly metabolize glucose from carbohydrates, is the most common endocrine disease affecting dogs today and its prevalence is growing every year. Thirty years ago, 0.19% of dogs suffered from diabetes. In 1999, the rate tripled to 0.58%. Today, up to 1.5% of dogs suffer from diabetes.

I’d be the first to admit that diabetes is an autoimmune disease and I’d happily attribute it to vaccine damage. But it also bears stating that unnatural foods lead to unnatural outcomes … like diabetes.

I know that when this article is published, the conventional vets and proponents will say what I’m writing is mostly speculation, there’s no science to back it up. And they’d be right.

But to those vets who continue to feed carbohydrate-laden foods, despite the growing body of research showing that dogs are carnivores, and despite the rise of metabolic disease related to carbohydrate intake, I have this question to ask:

Where is the research backing your carbohydrate-based diets? Feeding trials? Give me a break – just because a dog lives for three months eating your food without any overt signs of disease doesn’t mean that food will sustain him and keep him healthy for a lifetime.

I’m tired of being asked for references and research when vets and kibble companies continuously make huge leaps in logic, despite the overwhelming evidence that dogs are carnivores. Somewhere along the line, shouldn’t somebody stick up their hand and ask why we started feeding dogs corn and rice in the first place? What drove that initial decision?

My vote is MONEY.

Kibble Is Made For People With Wallets, Not Dogs

From the time James Spratt tossed hard tack off the side of his ship to the dogs on the docks, to the first kibbles that had dogs chasing chuck wagons around the house, kibble has had one goal and one goal alone: make money from pet owners.

Does your dog have a wallet? Mine don’t, so I buy all their things for them. And the kibble manufacturers figured that out a long time ago, and directed their marketing to the people with the wallets, not the furry beings who would be consuming their food. So we as humans watched the chuck wagon commercials and thought our dog would really like that stuff. We never paid much attention to what was in the bag, just that it looked cool and we loved potatoes and corn, so why wouldn’t our dogs? Now that we pet owners know better, I have to wonder how much thought vets have given to what’s in the bag.

Now there are two kinds of vets. Those who mindlessly chase chuck wagons and those who don’t. Do you know how to tell the difference between them? That’s simple. One will have shelves full of kibble in their waiting area and one won’t.

I for one wish vets would wake up and see kibble for what it is. It’s a relic from days long gone, when we didn’t know any better. Nobody took the time to figure out what dogs should eat and when people started pumping money into dog food, the pet food companies were more concerned with making their brand better than their competitor than asking, why are we putting starches into these foods? Well, they probably did ask that question and the answer was likely, “because it’s cheaper.”

So now, pet owners are starting to see their furry family members as the little carnivores they are, and the kibble manufacturers are up against it. They need those starches to hold that food together – without starch, those little kibbles would disintegrate into a bag of dust. That’s why the so-called grain free diets are still full of starches like potatoes. They’re just as unnatural for carnivores as corn and wheat, but they’re needed to hold that stuff together.

But while vets may now concede that dogs might not be omnivores, they’re clearly still reluctant to move away from kibble and they’ll continue to view every piece of research through their kibble-colored glasses. They have to, because they’ve got too much invested in it to change so readily. It must be tough to stand in front of a longtime client and say, “Sally, it seems that I’ve been wrong all along and that kibble that I told you to feed Spot might be making him a little sick. You see, I thought he was an omnivore, despite his pointy teeth and relative lack of digestive enzymes to make any use of starches and grains. And then, when research came out saying that he wasn’t an omnivore, I ignored it because, hey, I’ve got all that kibble sitting in my front lobby and all the other vets are doing it. So I hope you’ll forgive me when I still charge you $100 a month for Spot’s insulin.”

Yeah, that’s a tough conversation to have. But wouldn’t we pet owners so love to hear it?

But pet owners have grown up and we can see past the politics and marketing ploys; we just want our dogs to be healthy. That’s why many pet owners don’t see dogs as carnivores as big news; we knew it all along. It’s just common sense – something that’s severely lacking in the conventional world today.

Are you still chasing chuck wagons?

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42 Responses to Give Them Meat: Why Are Vets Resistant To Raw Dog Food?

  1. Paul February 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM #

    For starters, if meat were cheaper than grains & garbage food, then more meat would be put into commercially made dog “food” (I use the term “food” loosely) and they would be giving us tons of “evidence” as to why meat was better for dogs, than grains & carbs & items “Unfit for Human Consumption”.

    For the average pet owner, it is a win-win! They don’t have to feel guilty for not bothering to find out what was in the “food” they are feeding their pet, as they can simply blindly trust the B.S. the companies tell them about how good their [junk] food is. And besides, they can always later just blame these companies if Fido does get sick or dies from Diabetes or some other food related disease.

    To top it off even more, such “food” is cheap, fast & takes no effort to prepare!, which people love!…not to mention how it eliminates the need to even think about the situation any further.

    It is so much easier to simply believe what the pet (junk) food manufacturers tell us… that they WILL make food that is best for your dog/pet… & that they, the “professionals” working for these companies are better informed with knowledge, as to what dogs need, that is so far above what you, the average pet owner can ever possibly be. (Speaking as if they, the junk-food manufacturers, actually care about YOUR pet MORE than they do their own $-Profits!). How noble! And they show this so clearly by using components “unfit for human consumption”…which means rotting vegetables & diseased animals & parts! (For anyone who knows what that is, it is NOT something someone who actually cares about their pet, would consider feeding to them.)

    If you were told that you all you ever needed to feed your kid, for their entire lives, was some sort of vitamin enriched cereal, would you feed it (and nothing else) to your kid? Yet we do it to our pets, and trust such a claim without even giving it a second thought!

    If a dogs primary source of nourishment wasn’t meat, then why is it that meat flavors & other appetite stimulants (flavor enhancers) are added to the cereal kibble crap they call food? Yet the grain-y garbage is made to look & smell & taste like meat, in order to fool the dog (as well as you, the purchaser) into thinking it is a tasty, nutritious & good meat protein source. These companies KNOW the food should be primarily meat, which is why they spend the money to do this.
    If carbs, grains & the rest were good for feeding a dog on a regular basis, why do you think they always fake that it is rich in meat? (Duh! Perhaps because deep down we ALL know MEAT is what a dog should primarily be eating!) Just because a dog can survive for a time on carbs doesn’t mean they will thrive on it!

    As to the question of why Vets don’t usually support raw feeding to dogs, I believe that most vets know more about treating disease than they do about actually preventing it. In training, just like becoming a “people” doctor, the focus is on treating & healing disease, not on nutrition & preventing it.

    From what I have heard & read, the pet food companies themselves are the ones who run pet nutrition seminars & classes for Vets & students, making it easy for a veterinary student to “learn about what pets need to eat”…not to mention the other free perks these “generous” companies give! (Go in any vet practice & see all the towels, pens & other junk imprinted with pet-food corporate logos to know what I am talking about!) And who do you think represent those other names & logos you see on the junk in the vets office….the drug companies that hope to sell their “medicines” & drugs used to treat your pet who is now sick or dying, of course!

    You can’t blame the Vet for not knowing (or caring to spend their free time, educating themselves further into) other aspects of pet/dog health. While it would be nice to have a vet who cared enough to do that, most seem to be so overwhelmed with keeping up with all the sick animals that come in every day. And besides, who of us would feel fine paying a couple hundred bucks now & then, to get educated about how to feed our animals a healthy diet?
    Especially when a sick or dying pet is such an influence/motivation to part with that money, compared to spending the cash on some nutrition education while still having what appears to be a healthy animal (before they get sick).

    It isn’t that most vets don’t care, they just simply don’t always know as much as you (and they) think they do!
    [One thing I have learned over the years, is that anyone who claims to know everything or have all the answers, absolutely doesn't!]

    Most of us who currently feed our pets a RAW & balanced diet (R&B, The goal for most of us who have learned) …(or at least better quality foods), have already trusted these companies & veterinary advice & learned the hard way (with the cost of our pet’s lives or health), that they didn’t know what they were talking about and are NOT the experts they led us to believe.

    To expect someone else to handle the responsibility of finding out what your pet needs & making sure they get it, is all too typical.

    And just because your vet still thinks the world is flat, doesn’t make it so.

    We are in a new age of pet diet knowledge surfacing & coming to light. Take the side you can live with when your loving pet gets sick (or dies), and learn from your mistakes. We have learned the hard way, but are determined to learn from it & not let it happen again if we can.

    Keep in mind that doctors are only practicing. The field is ever changing as we learn more & more. If your pet’s doctor isn’t willing to be open enough to learn, to admit that they don’t know everything for certain, & doesn’t take the time to study the newest findings on things, it might be time to find one who will.

  2. Quality Dog Food January 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM #

    I know I may be commenting a little bit late, but this is a great post. If only more people understood that the Kibble industry was created to make a dollar, not to keep our pet’s healthy and happy!

  3. Michelle December 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

    Hi I have learned a ton about feeding raw, not vaccinating not using topical flea treatments and not using heart guard I learned over many years and it wasn’t easy as vets will try to tell you otherwise at every turn I am a professional pet sitter and do my best to educate all of my clients on caring for the healthiest pet. A product I want to mention is pure emu oil. Emu oil I has many uses, the best is for preventing allergies,itchy skin and mange just to name a few. I saw some people posting about yeast and wanted to tell them about emu oil. Thank you dog naturally for your education on all topics pet related. Everyone needs to open their eyes and give their pet the best chance at a healthy life
    Michelle

    • SJC January 5, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

      Michelle, I know there are a ton of options out there, but was wondering if you would post what emu oil it is you use? Thanks!

  4. Betsy Cambareri November 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

    I have been feeding raw for 15 years, ever since I lost my second dog to cancer by the age of 8. I now have a dog who has an inherited metabolic condition that causes the amino acid cystine to end up in his urine where it can form bladder stones. The veterinary answer to this is to feed a very low protein vegetarian diet, the commercial version being Hills or Royal Canin veterinary kibble diets made primarily from corn and soy! Thankfully there’s a support group for this condition who advocates still feeding a raw diet, but lowering the amount and adding vegetables to reduce the protein level. I have done that using boiled sweet potato, and now my dog has tape worms for the first time in his life! I think the raw diet naturally prevented the tapes from ever getting a foothold in the past but now the relatively high level of starch in his diet is allowing them to thrive. Thankfully, Dogs Naturally Magazine has a wonderful article about natural remedies for worms….

    I, too, worry about how the industry will support feeding so many pets if everyone gets on board with raw feeding! More animals will have to be raised to fit the need since rendered meat product won’t be used for these foods. Will our country be able to ramp up the production of such livestock to fill the need? Will those animals be treated humanely? Just something to think about!

  5. SB November 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM #

    I wish vets would switch from the kibble laden shelves in their waiting room to freezers full of raw pet food instead. If they promoted a more natural diet they would make money from it. If I had a vets near me that did that I would switch tomorrow but they are few and far between in the UK.

  6. Bill Bauer November 17, 2013 at 8:51 AM #

    Something for all to think about is this. With the state of the world we live in being very fragile at best, we may well see some very significant changes in the next few years. The Doomsday Preppers are making ready to survive in a world damaged by everything from a nuclear event to marshal law being declaired after any one of several events from economic collapse to several sorts of terrorist attacks.

    What I have not seen is how most people plan to feed their pets under these types of conditions. Cats are bettrer prepared to forage for themselves, but I do not think dogs will instantly become natural carnivores with survivalist hunting skills. They will need to be fed and cared for. Their owners will soon find out how long their domesticed friends can really go between meals.

    ¿What advice do you have for Dogs Day Preppers?

  7. Anna November 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM #

    I have two itchy, yeasty yorkies, ages three and four. My four year old is especially plagued and has been most of his life. I would love to switch them over to a raw diet, but unlike his younger brother, my eldest REFUSES to eat anything raw, unless it is freeze-dried commercial patties (not that there is anything wrong with it, just expensive!). HOW can I get Mr. Pickypants to eat raw? He won’t even look at a raw chicken wing, or a piece of meat. VERY frustrated!

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine November 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      Play around with different textures. It seems that a lot of dogs are more tuned in to texture than the actual food. Try mincing it, coarse grinding it, mixing it with something gooey like tripe or organ meat – whatever it takes! You could also consider adding something to make it a bit tastier, like a bit of garlic or a tiny bit of parmesan cheese. If none of that works, maybe you could invest in a dehydrator of your own? Good luck, it can sometimes be hard!

      • mcb December 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM #

        I give my GSD some Tripett on top of his meat and she just devours. Some people complain about the smell but I don’t think it is bad. Even my cat loves it.

        • Dogs Naturally Magazine December 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

          No guts, no glory!!

          • Gerry Bishop December 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM #

            What is Tripett? My 7year old GSD has a lump on his leg the size of a pea.Our vet has said he will remove it when his course of steroids for itchy skin has finished on sunday. We have started to look at a more natural diet for Todd as our last GSD Willow also had cancer and died two years ago. Just can’t bear the thought of this happening again.Have started him on K9 Immunity and meat instead of dry food.Really hope the lump turns out not to be cancer.Need to find out some natural remedies for flea treatment as now so worried that on vet’s advice we have dosed him with chemicals.

          • Dogs Naturally Magazine December 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

            Tripett is canned green tripe

      • Saigone December 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

        Hi! I am very new on this feeding raw meat and I am considering it. My question is: Where do you get safe raw meat? And what type of meat? How do we know the meat is clean—free from contamination and parasites that can transfer to our pets? I heard most cows are injected with hormones and are fed GMOs. Presently, I feed my dog rice and some plain boiled fish and vegetable, twice a day. With frozen diced carrots and fresh banana or other fruit kind as a late-afternoon snack.

    • Lynn December 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM #

      You can start off using cooked meat (with no bones), and then gradually cook it less and less. It also won’t hurt him to miss eating for one day, and he might be more motivated.

    • jennifer howard January 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

      feel freeze dried raw,, try Stella & Chewys, my yorkies LOVE them, they think it’s a treat, but it’s really freeze dried raw, make sure your pets have access to plenty of water when feeding this, good luck!

  8. Heather W November 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM #

    My standard Poodle is on raw meat (& bone) with some cooked barley, raw veggies and raw fruit. He does get some allergies (like me) so he gets Quercetin during that season. He does have an itchy problem occasionally which I am trying to combat for him. I totally agree the dry food industry is just for your money and contains NO nutritional value for our pets.

  9. DogMom November 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM #

    For those of you who are new to the raw diet, my advice is stick with it. The longer the animal was on the wrong food, the longer it takes to get rid of all the toxins and crap it put into their bodies. You also may see a “health crisis” as they detox. We rescued 2 tiny male Yorkies who were fed only Pedigree kibble for the first 2 yrs of their lives by their original owners. They were in horrible condition when we got them – loaded with fleas, sores all over their bodies, their eyes, skin and coat were dull and lifeless; they had almost no energy. They looked like death warmed over; even their bloodwork was abnormal. We use only holistic vets and feed a raw diet (raw meat, raw vegetable and plain goat milk yogurt). The boys were started on this immediately when they came to us. They got better and then got worse – lots of scratching, some sneezing, loss of appetite. Took them back to our holistic vet who explained to us about the detoxing process and how the body is getting rid of the toxins, which makes you feel worse for awhile. We stayed with it and sure enough, in 2 months, these dogs were radiant with good health and had totally normal blood test results- loads of energy; shiny, clear eyes, soft/shiny coat and beautiful skin. Do a search to read about the health crisis so you’ll understand. Our dogs have amazing health and a much longer life thanks to the correct raw diet (and no more vaccines). We tell everyone we know about this and switching to a holistic or naturopathic vet; they’re educated about nutrition and natural animal rearing which makes a world of difference for the pets they care for. Conventional vets are educated with the propaganda and lies from only the pharmaceutical companies and pet food manufacturers. They don’t even know the truth to be able to tell it to you. Thank you for another fabulous article!

    • suzanne November 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM #

      Right on! But the other dilema is the shortage of holistic or naturalpathic vets. I live in Houston and am amazed I cant find one….

  10. Elena November 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM #

    Great article. I have 2 GSD with sensitive stomachs…I buy the “best” grain free dry foods and rotate them. I’ve tried every raw commercial food on the market and I’ve tried prey model raw. They turn up their noses at everything. I’d love to feed a raw diet, but between finicky dogs and the cost to feed two 80 lb. dogs raw, I don’t know what alternatives I have.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine November 21, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

      Have you tried a freeze-dried option like The Honest Kitchen, SOJO’s or Dr Harveys? They are a bit more cost effective and certainly better than kibble!

  11. Sharon F November 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

    I thought, based on resource material I have come across in the past, that a dog’s diet should ideally be based on how they ate ‘historically’. In other words based on the wolf & ancestors’ diet . Further explaining that wolves prey on herbivores and once they have successfully killed one they proceed to consume: the meat, organs, bones (including marrow) and stomach contents which = veggie. I was lead to understand that wolves/dogs are mainly carnivores but do exhibit some omnivorous traits because they eat greens as well. Is this information inaccurate?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine November 21, 2013 at 11:45 AM #

      Dogs and other members of the canid family (which also includes seals and bears) are facultative carnivores. This means they are carnivores but have a better capacity to manage plant based foods than members of the felid family (cats and hyenas), who are true, obligate carnivores. This doesn’t meant however that dogs are omnivores, like humans. By the way, it’s been disproven that wolves eat the stomach contents of their prey – they don’t in fact. They do however scavenge for berries in the summer months.

  12. Geri Durka-Pelok November 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

    As a biologist, I think its important to define what “omnivore” is scientifically defined as, versus socially defined as.
    An omnivore has the capacity to gain nutrition from both plants (kingdom) and animals (kingdom). That doesn’t mean everything in a kingdom is digestible by an omnivore. Broad category, here.
    A carnivore, can only derive nutrition from an animal source.
    Dogs can derive nutrition from both kingdom, therefore, they are omnivores. That does not mean that every plant is a Good source of nutrition. I both cook food and feed raw to my dogs. Even raw diets include plants. I try to balance out their nutritional needs by looking at what vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. are necessary for a healthy, happy, functioning companion. Maybe my vets are the exception, but they are perfectly happy to discuss balanced diets and what I might want to include to round out meals. Don’t get caught up in the ‘simplification’ of what a ‘dog’ is.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine November 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM #

      Hi Geri
      This is news to the Smithsonian. Dogs and all members of the canid family (including bears and seals) are facultative carnivores, not omnivores. Cats and members of the felid family are obligate carnivores. While dogs have four times more pancreatic amylase (an enzyme involved in carbohydrate digestion) than cats, they still have considerably less than humans and other omnivores. This, among other reasons such as their dentition and gastrointestinal physiology, defines them as a carnivore.

    • Lynn December 12, 2013 at 9:43 PM #

      Actually, dogs can only digest vegetation if the fibers are broken down. When they eat grass, carrots, etc., they pass through basically undigested. You have to put them through a food processor before they can benefit from the vitamins in them. In the wild, carnivores get their vitamins from eating the stomach, the lining of which is permeated with semi-digested food (green tripe), and from eating the liver. The liver is rich in vitamin C and other nutrients.

  13. threenorns November 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM #

    i have an issue with the digging comment: there are MANY reasons for digging. dogs – like wolves, rabbits, and groundhogs – are a den animal, so digging could be a way to find shelter. digging is used to enhance scent – just this morning, my dog dug and scratched down to find something nasty and brown – i think it was a rotted tree root, actually, or maybe it was a potato.

    digging is not an indicator of diet.

    also, the “able to go long periods of time between meals” – tell that to my dog, who pukes up yellow bile (empty stomach) if he’s not fed on time twice a day because if i feed him once a day, he acts all bloated and unhappy for half the day then is puking bile up between midnight and 4am.

    i also do lean toward the omnivore theory – i’ve seen wolves munching happily away on grasses, fruits, and vegetables.

    canids are omnivore with a very high protein requirement, is what i think, which is why he gets meals of raw meat and bone, treats of fruit and veg, and all the grass he can eat when we’re out for walks.

    • Hidethez November 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM #

      Besides a few berries now and again, what fruits and veggies do you see wolves munching on?

    • Lynn December 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

      Dogs dig for many reasons, but the author mentioned burying food specifically. I’ve seen dogs do this. As to puking bile, dogs can get used to being fed on a regular schedule, and become distressed if not fed right on that schedule. That’s why some advocate NOT feeding on a strict schedule, so the dog doesn’t stress out when it doesn’t get breakfast at 7:15 am. If you gradually changed the dog’s schedule, for example slowly increase the amount of the AM feeding while decreasing the PM feeding, your dog would gradually adjust. And fasting him one day a week won’t hurt him either. But think about it – do lions and wolves eat twice a day, right on schedule? How does a wolf that hasn’t eaten in three days have the strength to follow a deer for hours? We would barely be able to walk. Their metabolism is such that they can draw on stored nutrients more easily than we can.

  14. Beatrice Smith November 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

    I couldn’t agree more!! However, I have YET to find a vet who does not have the waiting area full of kibble. My cat was recently diagnosed with Diabetes and despite the fact that even vets recognize cats as carnivores, my then vet tried to force me to feed my cat the crap they are selling in the front. Needless to say, my babies will no longer receive care at that particular office. He is now on mostly chicken and some grain free canned food – no more kibble…. but finding a new vet with an open mind and enough backbone to stand up to the large corporations pushing this so-called research has been challenging.

    • Dr. Jordan November 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM #

      I don’t have kibble in my practice! Too many vets however make 15% of their practice income selling commercially processed foods. Plus the AAHA, AVMA and even the WSAVA all allow “commercial pet food industry” “sponsor” the guidelines on nutrition! TO the Profiteers of the commercially processed foods for pets scam….they get their agenda in as the “nutrition” guidance to the veterinarians. I know of few vets, veterinary schools or veterinary professional organizations that don’t succumb to the seduction of money to pass off the “nutrition” education as the industry’s propaganda. Sad but true.

      • Corinne Chapman January 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM #

        Hi Dr Jordan! I am a fellow Veterinarian and I would love to know where you practice…I plan to come back to practice this year and I will not be promoting or selling kibble. I had my own housecall practice for many years where I recommended raw, cooked, and canned foods only. Seems to me that it’s the healthiest option. I am sad to see so many Vets still promoting CHO-laden kibble as the scientifically best and balanced option for dogs and cats. I am also on facebook if that is easier to connect without displaying an email address. I would love to connect with more like-minded Veterinarians like yourself!

  15. Serge November 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM #

    Well, as in almost ALL research and report and findings that favour some brand or some products, I am sure that parts or the whole study may have been secretly funded by the dry dog food industry!

  16. Kerstan A. November 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM #

    FINALLY!

    Glad to see more obvious, but truthful and correct information about dogs being carnivores.

    Just glancing inside your canine companion’s mouth, amoung other things, will tell you that he/she is indeed a true CARNIVORE.

    It’s commonsense, really.

    Just think for yourself!

  17. Allison Hutchinson November 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM #

    So thankful for this website. Our dog has suffered with yeast for years. She was seen by numerous vets who gave her antibiotics, steroids, chemical shampoo and their bag of food (crap). Have started feeding raw diet with grass fed, unpasturized goat’s milk and she is finally getting better.

  18. Elaine November 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

    I’m changing my two dogs over to a raw diet but having trouble doing it. They seem to have a reaction to raw chicken/turkey. Now I’m trying lamb. I have been weening them off of kibble at the same time because I think it’s causing yeast overgrowth in both dogs and in general I’ve come to believe it is basically garbage. I still have questions about the raw diet and how to make sure they get all the nutrition they need and how to do it cost effectively. With two large dogs (Hound/Lab mix) money is an issue. If you can help I’m all ears! Thanks.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine November 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM #

      Hi Elaine
      This might help you out: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/raw-feeding-primer/

    • Lori R November 15, 2013 at 11:23 PM #

      I don’t know where you live, but here in California, we have a meat processor who makes raw dog food patties. He also sells raw meaty bones, tendons, every part of the animal is used. The vendor is in northern california and is called Creston Valley Meats. The prices are reasonable and I found it costs me about the same as a bag of high quality kibble. I’m sure every area has a vendor who processes wild game and other meats, that might be a good source for raw dog food as well. Good Luck!

    • Susan December 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

      Elaine–We have eight good sized dogs and feed kibble on week-day mornings to cut costs a little. To save otherwise, we buy in bulk from the local meat store. We are fortunate to live near a meat processor who grinds scraps to sell in 25 – 30 pound pails for $10. We hunt deer to supplement their diet in the fall (that’s tough–we like venison, too!) and let it be known that we will take parts and bones. We are on the local freecycle group and regularly ask for meat that would otherwise be thrown away. We haven’t done it yet, but now that I have gutted and processed my first deer I may snag road killed deer when the weather is right for it.

      When I first switched, I found that lightly cooking the meat made it more appealing to my cats. You might try that with your dogs, if you haven’t already. Then it’s just a matter of cooking it less and less.

      Good luck and keep at it!

  19. Pamela November 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Yes, they wanted to use these ingredients because they were cheaper, but it’s even more than that. This started because they were looking for something they could insert their useless chaff into, the stuff they couldn’t sell to bakeries, mills, etc. Our government supported it. Cheap indeed. When I was a kid, the Purina symbol wasn’t just a checkerboard square, it was the red checkerboard square ON a silo. As ubiquitous an image as the chuck wagon, it indoctrinated us more than mere words ever could.

  20. Debra H November 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

    Thank you thank you. My Gracie was so very ill until we switched to a raw diet.

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