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Ibex Valley, YUKON

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Posted: 02/28/06 08:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While researching more about a natural food diet for our dog (who has bone cancer) and also wondering about diets for overweight dogs (thinking of Old Fella), I came across these articles. The articles are interesting and thought-provoking. And my immediate reaction was YUCK. Now I'm wondering if Chaos' kibble diet contributed to his developing bone cancer, even though he was on a "good" kibble.

Anyway, I thought I would provide the links and hopefully prompt a reasonable discussion about commercial dog foods.

* Pet Food - Our pets are dying for it
* Food not Fit for a Pet
* The Best Food for your Dog is .... Read down the page for info about commercial dog foods.
* Report from CBC Marketplace: Ethoxyquin. Originally aired in 1990. Towards the bottom of the page is a recent text update.
* Nutrition for Companion Carnivores

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Posted: 02/28/06 09:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We feed our furkids food from Foster & Smith (do a web search). They are vets and food has no %$@#$ in it. When we first started using it, it seemed like our babies got about one year younger in the way they acted. We've used it ever since.

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Ah, its happened, Sue..... you make the switch, you start to think about what's in "dog food" (or cat) and you suddenly realize that what you were told is "the best way" to feed your animals is a pile of garbage. It happened with me when my old cat started vomiting and showed elevated liver enzymes. After he went on raw food, the dogs were next. Now the idea of feeding them nothing but dried up cereal from a bag is incredible to me.

The really amazing thing is the way that the public has become convinced that you need lots of special, scientific knowledge to feed your dog, and that anything that isn't pre-processed, cooked, dried, and totally devoid of freshness is a threat to their health.


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I feed my Collies Foster & Smith that got good reviews in Whole Dog Journal. They also eat steak, pizza, hamburgers and anything else that I eat including vegetables fruit and desert.

* This post was edited 03/01/06 12:18am by colliehauler *


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I think some dogs, like people, are prone to diseases and cancers due to hereditary issues - (think of the thin, healthy person who suddenly develops cancer). After having lived through cancer in my one dog, I do wonder if there isn't a better way of feeding them. They are both eating IAMs for large dogs. I will check back here for suggestions.

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I feed a mix of dry dog food and table scraps and the occasional Frosty! Dogs are healthy (even the old guy - he's blind and deaf but still runs around with the pack) DH buys them hamhocks - they each get one each week. Sometimes he buys already cooked drumsticks or thighs and cuts the meat off for them. Spoiled dogs!

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NUTRO - Large Breed for German Sheppard. Have been very pleased, twice the price than pedigree or any other commercial wall mart type food. But you will find that they eat a lot less and they also "go outside a lot less" as well. This is because alot of the other dog food (pedigree) has lo't of filler and it goes right through them. I am convinced when it comes to dog food you get what you pay for. Buy from a Pet Food store to get the best quality.


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Posted: 03/01/06 07:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[quote]What ARE we feeding our RV pets?[/quote] [b]Uh oh! :E Has it been a [u]year[/u] already? :?:W Missy = Science Diet K/D because of her medical condition. Gretchen = Iams lamb & rice large chunk because she did not like ProPlan I know the debate will rage, but we have never had a vet tell us we are failing to provide our pets with proper nutrition. Those that want to go the home cooking route or buy special food mail order . . . . more power to you I guess. :C:)

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Sigh - I just quit thinking about what my dogs (and myself) eat. If you want to scare yourself silly (and never eat french fries again) google on "acrylamide" (a carcinogen). And in the 70's we had PBB go through the food chain....

Amazingly, we still survive, unless overloaded by something like living on a toxic dump site, for example.

My dogs eat Iams, plus an assortment of meats and veggies from our dinners. Most have lived to be healthy senior citizens.

I admire folks who feed their dogs "whole" foods - as I admire folks who feed themselves "whole foods"; but I hate to cook and would prefer to spend my time enjoying life with my pets.


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reading about the rendering plants reminds me of the old movie solient green,i would never have thought they threw some of that stuff in animal food,i can see the use of left over meat products from buchering plants, fish processing but not what there throwing in the mix they should be a law against that,

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