Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dog Food Info Goes Graphic

Thanks to Matt Beswick for providing this interesting information on pet food:
DogFood No Brands No BARF
Created by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Take a look at the full dog food post.


Jusani Culture said...

What's your honest opinion on dogs eating raw meat?

I don't get why so many websites mention no "raw meat"? Are dogs not naturally designed to eat raw meat? Or are they just carrying around a bunch of bone cracking teeth for nothing?

So what would dogs eat if we (petfood companies) weren't in the picture?

K-Koira said...

I have to ask about the raw meat thing as well, especially with the AVMA vote about an official stance about raw food coming up. I feed my dogs raw, and have for a year and a half. I will continue to do so for as long as it keeps them healthy and happy. I firmly believe that as carnivores (as defined by the Smithsonian based on their teeth, jaw movement, and digestion), meat is the proper food for my dogs, and raw meat is the way that they will derive the most nutrition from that food.

Ami Hendrickson said...

I am a raw food convert after trying everything the vets & pet food experts recommended for over a year and a half, only to have my St. Bernard's allergies be so extreme that I seriously considered putting him down. After 3 days on a raw food diet (as a drastic, last-ditch effort to save him), he showed such noticeable improvement that I switched my other 2 dogs over as well. All 3 have been on a bones / raw food diet for almost a year. Allergies are gone. Teeth, coat & breath are gorgeous. They glow with health. I can no longer buy what the "don't feed raw" people are selling.

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

The BARF diet is definitely controversial. There seem to be two camps: For and Against. Me, well, I'm sort of riding the fence. I like the benefits of no allergens and cleaner teeth. I also see the point of those who say dogs have evolved to become omnivores. And then there is the problem of salmonella and e-coli on my dog's fur, in his crate and mouth. I'd love to hear your input on this concern. How do you handle this worry both for your dog and your families?

K-Koira said...

BARF is not what I feed. I feed raw. And in the raw food world, there is a whole world of difference between the two. BARF diets include a high amount of bone, some meat, and daily additions of vegetables, fruits, and supplements. I feed a basic "prey model raw" type of food, with the overall goal of 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other organs, and 80% meat.

As far as a concern about salmonella or e-coli, I do what you would do when handling raw meat for your own dinner. I make sure the packaging doesn't touch any surfaces and wash all surfaces and hands after handling the meat. In the summer, I toss the meat out into the yard for the dogs to eat. In the winter, they are fed in their crates. I reduce the chance of salmonella and e-coli by not feeding ground meat (which has a much higher occurrence of bacteria than whole meats due to the grinding process and the increased surface area).

I have not had any issues. Given the number of people who have recently gotten sick from handling their dogs' manufactured kibbles, I certainly don't think kibble has any reduced chance of carrying disease.

Alpa Parmar said...

very well explained through graphics...thanks!!!


Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

@K-Koira: Your approach is clearly very well thought through, as is that of some others I have spoken with about their dog's raw diet. Unfortunately I have spoken with two whose experience went very badly, and I cannot say for sure where the problem started. It's a tough call and you make a good point about dry kibble issues. With all the food recalls it's hard to know where to go to be safe. Many feel that the safety needs to be taken into their own hands, and this is understandable. Thank you for taking the time to comment so thoroughly.

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