As a veterinarian, we are required to have several hours of education throughout the year to maintain our license. There are many things I have sat through, some seminars quite dry and boring - leading one to want to pull a fire alarm to end things quickly, some which improve your understanding about subjects - go ahead, ask me about diarrhea, I bet I can pinpoint where it is coming from (besides the back end). I currently went to a seminar relating to nutrition, and happened to mention it on Facebook - wow, the sparks flew. It appears that if presented with scientific information regarding a balanced way to feed a dog, the raw food people are quick to defend their choice of how to get nutrients into their dogs. Some people buy whole ground up carcasses, add some egg shells and feed it - noting it is more healthy because is doesn't have things like bone meal (which is ground up bones - which are in carcasses) and additives like calcium carbonate (which is the scientific name for egg shells).
My dogs occasionally eat raw - easier than digging a hole for the dead cow that occasionally happens. I just find it hard to drag that carcass around to dog trials - and I get stared at. James Spratt (I think he was Jack's other brother, and he could eat fat) in 1860 created the first dog biscuit and Dr. Ballard (who had practiced in Grenfell, Saskatchewan-who knew) made canned dog food in the 1920's-wonder why they developed these foods -most likely they were sick of feeding raw.
I think I am going to go pop a multivitamin.
2 years ago