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Old 03-19-2017, 11:36 AM
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New study: dogs do better on a high meat diet

The study found:

High meat diets are more digestible for dogs

More nutrients from a high meat diet are able to be absorbed

Dogs on a high meat diet had higher levels of the bacteria associated with protein and fat digestion

Dogs on a high meat diet had smaller poo and better fecal health.

(Dogs in the study were either fed a high meat raw complete and balanced diet or a high quality kibble (dry) diet.)


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This is not news to raw feeders!
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:41 PM
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Hopefully, more vets will appreciate the study and be of more help to their clients who feed raw and high protein diets.
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Hopefully, more vets will appreciate the study and be of more help to their clients who feed raw and high protein diets.
Frankly, I hope that regular owners will wise up, and are able to stick up for their dogs in the face of veterinary ignorance.
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One more gripe then I'm done.

When you have companies like candy company Mars owning pet food brands like Eukanuba, Iams, Pedigree, Royal Canin, (and other cat food brands), AND veterinary clinics like Banfield, Blue Pearl Specialty hospitals, and VCA, pet owners need to be self-educated and beware.
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One more gripe then I'm done.

When you have companies like candy company Mars owning pet food brands like Eukanuba, Iams, Pedigree, Royal Canin, (and other cat food brands), AND veterinary clinics like Banfield, Blue Pearl Specialty hospitals, and VCA, pet owners need to be self-educated and beware.
Wow that's putting a lot of pressure on the owner, I expect integrity from a veterinarian regardless of who they work for. If they are working for banfield and try to sell their pet health plan sure why not? That's just insurance but if they are suggesting products on who they're made by and not giving the full range to choose from and an explanation of how they work then I take issue.

I feel like our society is structured in a way that lets big companies not be held accountable and the biggest marketing scam is convincing consumers that it's their problem not the companies if something is unhealthy or even actually bad for the consumer.

To take it to the extreme: I'm sure there were people saying "Well, why would you by nestle?" when the melamine contamination of baby formulas came to light. When the problem is really: how could a company think it's okay to feed babies melamine?
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Sorry in advance for hijacking your dog food post and focusing on ethics.
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Finally. We need more studies like this to get vets to at the worst relax when owners choose to feed a balanced raw diet. Seriously, the stink eye I used to get was ridiculous.

The GSD I'm currently working with is fed Royal Canin Adult. The first 5 ingredients are: Corn, chicken by-product meal, brewer's rice, brown rice, and chicken fat. He doesn't even like it. He eats it, because he's hungry, but you can tell he's like "meh". Conversely, he goes gaga over the chicken I use for training. :P
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I disagree, at the end of the day, it is the owner that bears the responsibility for their own dog, if they cannot be bothered to do the research (and it doesn't take much), and just take the word of their vet as gospel, then they need to accept the consequences because many vets are not doing and recommending what is best for the animal. Caveat Emptor.

Are you familiar with what ex-Banfield vet, Dr John Robb is trying to do in CT right now? This is not related to food, but vaccines and the huge problem of over-vaccination, so I won't go into more details as it is OT for this thread, but it is symptomatic of the standard of care that many vet owners experience.
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Finally. We need more studies like this to get vets to at the worst relax when owners choose to feed a balanced raw diet. Seriously, the stink eye I used to get was ridiculous.

The GSD I'm currently working with is fed Royal Canin Adult. The first 5 ingredients are: Corn, chicken by-product meal, brewer's rice, brown rice, and chicken fat. He doesn't even like it. He eats it, because he's hungry, but you can tell he's like "meh". Conversely, he goes gaga over the chicken I use for training. :P
I agree. I am currently working with a Boxer who is on a Hill's prescription food, supposedly she has a sensitive stomach, but she goes nuts for the Real Meat food I use in her training, (all the dogs I work with do), I can't imagine how she would be for chicken. The food I use for training doesn't cause her any digestive stress either.
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