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American Pit Bull Debate

RAW ALL NATURAL DIET VS. COMMERCIAL DOG FOOD

Posted by LEE BOOTH on March 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Some Dog owners feel that the best platform for the health of your pet is to feed it an appropriate raw diet. They say this is a diet that is designed for a carnivore and any diet that comes from a can, a packet, is designed for an omnivore and  is not healthy for your dog.Some beleive they need to  feed a diet which is based on the "prey model". Their argument is a dog in the wild would feed on whole raw prey, or scavenge parts thereof.They claim benefits of feeding all natural Include:

1. No doggy odor.2. Naturally cleans teeth 3.Much less stools produced.4.Less cost for dog foods.5. Mirrors what a dog would be getting in the wild.6. Puppies develop at a more appropriate rate - and quick growth spurts are avoided. 7. The ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of the dog.  

 

People who believe in commercial dog food point to the millions of dollars each year companies such as Purina, Iams, Hill’s, and Nutro spend on scientific and field testing of their products. They believe that commercial dog food contains all of the nutrients that a dog needs to grow and be healthy and that since the BARF diet is complicated, expensive, and difficult to prepare, many people do not properly understand it and are not appropriately feeding their dogs.They also say that the modern dog's digestive system is not able to process a raw natural diet correctly like a wild wolf or dog can. 

 

Booth Kennels suggest whether you choose to feed your dog the BARF diet or commercial food, it is important to be educated on what a dog's nutritional requirements are. You should also consult your veterinarian for his recommendation on diet.

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3 Comments

Reply B
2:34 PM on April 4, 2011 
I can easily debunk the BARF diet (which is a specific raw diet, by the way) myth in regards to "complicated, expensive, and difficult to prepare,") but I have to agree with "are not appropriately feeding their dogs." We have taught many clinics on feeding dogs a raw diet. The majority of people that jump into raw feeding and have the claims of complicated, etc. did not thoroughly research what it means to feed raw and believe throwing the dog a piece of meat will suffice for its nutrition requirements. When fed correctly, raw diets are less expensive than medium-high grade kibble, and they are neither complicated nor difficult to prepare. On average, we spend $20 feeding our two dogs (one 95 lbs and one 48 lbs) on a raw diet. Their coat is shiny, they shed less, their teeth are excellent, they are lean muscle, and they get a 5-star health and body score assessment from the Veterinarian on all of their annual check-ups. Feeding a raw diet is also easier if your dog is prone to allergies (as one of ours is.) Whether feeding raw or kibble, DO RESEARCH, and ask someone who has been feeding raw for more information on what it REALLY means.
Reply Cliffdog
5:31 AM on May 15, 2011 
Prey model raw is the only healthy way to feed your dog. It's what their bodies were designed to handle. Not BARF.
Reply Theresa
12:56 PM on June 29, 2011 
I feed my dogs beef with chips of charcoil in it, for easier digestion. I also mix kibble and rice for their nutrients and starch. I was ordering my beef through Qual Pet, but now I'm ordering it through Mark Junk with wisconsin meats.