Going Raw

Many people have questions about feeding their dogs raw foods. I hear a lot of myths about what is good and not good for your dog. Let’s get down to the real truth about feeding a raw diet to your dogs.

Dogs live longer because they eat commercial dog foods

Many breeds are actually living shorter lives since the creation of processed food.

Feeding raw diets make a dog more aggressive

Some dogs show a higher tenancy for predatory behavior. People would rather blame lack of training and control on diet. Many dogs that eat commercial dog foods still hunt and even kill small animals. As a matter of fact, many people report that once the dog is put on a raw diet they actually calm down because they are receiving a better diet.

Veterinarians are experts on pet nutrition

Most veterinary schools only provide a few hours on pet nutrition. However some veterinarians chose to learn more about nutrition since food is of basic importance to a dog’s health. Others rely on pet food companies to tell them what is appropriate.

Raw diets are not nutritionally balanced

Raw foods contain the exact amount of proteins, vitamins, fats, minerals and enzymes a dog requires for optimal health.

Raw foods contain health risks to humans

Yes. Raw foods contain bacteria, however if you handle preparation and cleaning the same way you would preparing any other meats, there is no worry.

Raw food is too expensive and too much trouble

Yes. Pouring kibble in a bowl is easy. However most of the commercial dog foods on the market that are reasonably priced contain grains and other products that are not healthy for your dog. Buying high quality dog foods IF they are available are very expensive. Even high quality foods are not going to show the benefits of feeding a raw diet.

Two bowls, one raw and one kibble

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Dog Stays by the Side of Its Injured Friend After Tsunami

Just like Hurricane Katrina , the tsunami in Japan left thousand of dogs without home or owner. This video that was shared with me this morning is an account of a Brittany Spaniel standing by his partner who appears to be an English Setter. The Setter has been injured however the Brittany is standing fast by his friend.

Here is an English translation of the voiceover exchange between the two reporters in the clip (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura):

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

He has a collar. He must be someone’s pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.

Where?

Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

The dog is protecting him.

Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

I can’t watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

Yes! Yes! He is alive.

He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He’s getting up.

It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It’s just amazing that they survived through this all.

Update: [ UPDATE: March 16, 2011 –CNN is reporting that both dogs received medical attention. The injured dog is currently at a veteranarian getting care and the loyal dog friend is at a shelter. In summary of the mens’ conversation in Japanese: at first the two thought the injured dog was dead. They immediately called a vet for assistance for both dogs. The men say they wish they had brought food to give the dogs. We will continue to follow any updates on this story and the status of the injured dog who is reportedly still weak. – Global Animal]

How To Help & Donate To Japan’s Lost and Injured Pets (including Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, which is the organization that rescued these two dogs): http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/03/15/how-to-help-japan-pets/32243/

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