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The new rage (or maybe it isn't that new and I, myself, just think it is)....Raw Diet for your pets....

 

What is a Raw Diet?  Well, exactly how it sounds....raw meat and veggies.  There is a huge debate going on in regards to dry kibble in a bag and raw diet and which is the best for your pets.

 

Whether it is due to a food/skin allergy or gastrointestinal issues all my pets are on prescription formula dry kibble through our vet.  Prescription formula definitely has less filler (Wheat, Corn, Rye, Barley) and is replaced with a meat and veggie that is gentle on their stomachs and digest easy.  My pets have been very healthy since on the dry kibble through my vet.  So at this moment, I have no desire to "Stir The Pot" and see if a Raw Diet would suit them better.

 

However, I am very intrigued by this Raw Diet and it does sound so much healthier.  I actually discussed this with a vet last week and asked her what her opinion was.  This vet specializes in Western and Holistic medicine.  First she agreed if it isn't broken (especially when a pet is on a particular diet for health reasons) not to change their food.  But in the same sentence she said for owners that choose dry kibble should immediately look for a higher quality, more expensive brand to feed their pets instead of the cheap brands.  The better quality of food the healthier your pet will be and less pooping to clean up.

 

What are your thoughts on this great debate……what do you feed your pet?  Are you thinking of changing their diet and if so to what?  Have you looked into the Raw Diet?

 

Victoria Swanson Health Coach asked this
August 23, 2011 at 7:34 AM

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The quality of food your pet eats will make a huge difference in their health. I personally know dogs who have overcome the symptoms of Lupus and a bad limp from an ACL injury just from upgrading to a top grade food. Find a good food, there are even some out there labeled OK for human consumption, it can make a huge difference in your dogs health and quality of life. Sure the good foods can be very expensive, but they can also save you trips to the vets by keeping your pet healthy and happy.

John from SLN answered
August 24, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Right on John!!! If we can't eat it, why oh why would we let our pets consume it????

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
August 25, 2011 at 6:52 AM

When I was schooling as a vet tech, a rep from one of the better brands came in to talk to us about the nutrition in their food. At the close of her presentation, she popped open a can of cat food and ate it. As gross as that sounds, I'm sure she wouldn't do it if she wasn't absolutely confident that the food contained only the best ingredients.

sprouty answered
August 26, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Oh my goodness! That had to be shocking and a little stinky....I think canned cat food is so smelly! But I bet she definitely got her point across.....

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
August 26, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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