abhorrent1: Domesticated dogs/pets, aren't wild and haven't been in thousands of years. Yes there are wild dogs, but they're not typically kept as pets.
ltdanman44: Are these the same people who don't get their children vaccinated?"I believe, feel like immunization is another part of fear-based medicine, it's not natural. I think the way we're made is perfect and I'd like to stick to that,"
Basily Gourt: I mean honest to god, they are going to die in 10-15 years no matter what you feed them.They are not little people. When you set them up to be your children, which is what alot of this silliness is all about, you are setting yourself up for some serious heartbreak when they die./Seen it in my own family. It ain't pretty.
mongbiohazard: I love the nonsense logic that people use with these things. Switch to the diet we, or the organism, ate in the wild.... You know, because when the life expectency was half that means the lifestyle must be healthier..... somehow, magically....
cajunns: Today's pets are so far removed from their wild ancestors that they wouldn't survive on raw food...where does this stupidity originate
t3knomanser: Anecdote: my cats adore raw food and are generally healthier while on it. They've lost a lot of weight, are more active, and their coats are much healthier. Also, unlike canned food, it doesn't smell vomitous.
Mrbogey: t3knomanser: Anecdote: my cats adore raw food and are generally healthier while on it. They've lost a lot of weight, are more active, and their coats are much healthier. Also, unlike canned food, it doesn't smell vomitous.This.Animals develop a digestion through basic evolution that is most efficient on certain foods. A few thousand years of selective breeding isn't going to drastically change this as they weren't bred for gastric reasons.My cats are fed a slurry of chicken that has been cooked only superficially to kill parasites. Vitamins and supplements are then mixed in to ensure good health. They're large cats but not overweight. Their coats are healthy and the litter box is much easier to clean. Takes about 3 hours a month to prepare their food and about 30-40$ in ingredients.Feeding a cat some kibble is a compromise of convenience but not ideal. I used to feed them kibble when they were young but their long coats kept getting oily and matted. One kept getting sinus issues. They were all overweight and constantly hungry (of course that may be because most cat food has flavor enhancers).
URAPNIS: Is it a bad thing to just leave the food out all the time so the dog just eats when it gets hungry?Mine eats like a cat. She just kind of gets around to it when she feels like it.
mongbiohazard: I love the nonsense logic that people use with these things. Switch to the diet we, or the organism, ate in the wild.... You know, because when the life expectancy was half that means the lifestyle must be healthier..... somehow, magically....
Boatmech: URAPNIS: Is it a bad thing to just leave the food out all the time so the dog just eats when it gets hungry?Mine eats like a cat. She just kind of gets around to it when she feels like it.Not really a yes or no question, depends on the dog and how it was raised. There is always dry food out for my mut and he'll eat as much or little as he wants. I've dog-sat(hmm, yeah it's a word-looks weird tho) other peoples dogs that will eat till they throw-up.
TBPlayer: I don't understand why the food has to be raw....
Hobnay: And you feed raw because the cooking kills off a lot of vitamins.
DemoKnite: TBPlayer: I don't understand why the food has to be raw....Because animals dont know how to cook. Their gastric system is meant to eat raw food and the contents of intestines, etc. Sure our industrialized farming has introduced some parasites that might not otherwise be there, but you dont have to cook it. Cooking is a human phenomena.
Hobnay: Been feeding my dogs raw food for 5 years now. They have never been healthier. I try to feed them deer from hunters' leftovers. Also feed them local turkey from a turkey processing plant near me. Since the deer is free, and the scraps from the turkey plant cost 8 cents per pound, it is actually MUCH cheaper for me to feed raw.And you feed raw because the cooking kills off a lot of vitamins.
the.squid: I've never understood what people say "chicken by-product" is bad for dogs. If my dog was on its own and caught a chicken, it would eat the whole chicken, and not be concerned with by-product. Is there something I'm missing? Or do people think that ground up chicken bones are just really unhealthy?
SoupJohnB: Recently adopted a rescue pup, who'll eat anything. Including medications prescribed by a vet. Have him on a sensible diet, natch, but dogs ftw over cats when it comes to giving meds!
Uncontrolled_Jibe: What might be the "Natural" environment of a pug?
Portia: We don't do anything fancy with our dog. He gets kibble measured out every day and maybe an egg or some leftover cooked chicken once a week. He likes red bell peppers and would probably prostitute himself for green beans. He definitely prefers them to store-bought treats. He's very "meh" about steak. I don't know what his problem is.
TBPlayer: I don't understand why the food has to be raw. I've been making home-made dog food for about a year now. I usually cook up some chicken, beef, or sometimes turkey, mix it up with vegetables (peas, carrots, sweet potatoes), blueberries, and rice. I add some calcium, glucosamine, and fish oil. My dogs have never been healthier, and they love it. It's a little more expensive then the "good" brands of dog food, and a lot of work (I have two 100lb dogs), but it is worth it.If you don;t want to feed your pet store bought food, that's fine. But, cook it properly to kill the parasites and bacteria.
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