I am considering changing my dog's diet. Currently they get a mixture of commercial dog food, rice, raw chicken, raw beef heart, carrots, eggs and left-overs. My friend gives her dogs only raw meat, fruit, leaves, carrots, eggs and bones. They are healthy with beautiful coats. Which is best?Also, do they need a filler such as rice or other carbs?
sort by best latest
The Moringa oleifera. It is a miracle tree. My friend used to be a Red Cross nurse in Africa and has seen the difference this tree can make to a village.
I have a friend who slaughters a cow every weekend so will look into getting the head. Thanks
I agree. I think people use commercially prepared food because it is less time consuming for them, not necessarily better for the dog. Thanks for your response.
Actually, research shows that domesticated dogs NEED carbs in their diet and digest them way better than wolves. Remember, dogs are not wolves. A high protein diet is hard on the domesticated dogs' kidneys and is flat dangerous.
Yes, according to research supported by Ol' Roy and funded by Purina, carb fillers are an important part of a dog´s diet. And no, a high protein diet is not dangerous.
We have many coconut trees here and one of our dogs roots out the burned coconuts and eats the meat. Alas he does this to excess and gets diarrhea. His coat looks much shinier though! Thanks for your answer.
I grow coconut and split one for my dogs each day (they actually like it better than my chickens do!) They never have loose stools, so if I were you would look into other causes of diarrhea.
I think farming methods have much to do with the increase of such problems with the food. Where I live, I have beef from local animals and eggs from neighbors. I do wonder if AVMA gets paid by pet food makers. Thanks for your answer.
The homemade diet Jaye uses is very good, but the AVMA recommendations are a crock. Yes, they get a lot of donations from Purina. See the reason for their statement?
AMVA is all for homemade food, just so it's cooked if meat, eggs or dairy, and thoroughly washed if produce to prevent pets from ingesting pathogens.
Feeding a raw diet requires all parts of the animal (organ meat). Feeding only muscle meat (the parts humans like) will cause nutritional imbalances.
Thank you for relating those two stories. Both of those would have been traumatic.
Feeding chicken or beef from factory farms ensures that pets (or humans who eat this type of meat) will consume hormones, antibiotics and--don't forget--filth. Buy grass-fed/organic to avoid those things.