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Raw dog food, health vs profits...

Breakfast- 9 apricots, 2 Bartlett pears

Lunch- 1 quart strawberries sliced w/1 tbs honey, 3 apricots

Dinner- A salad: two big handfuls of fresh Mesclun greens, fresh mint, wild greens, 3 med. tomatoes, 2 shredded carrots, dulse flakes, fresh lime juice, and sunflower seed; a handful of brazil nuts

Dennis Douda in "The Raw Versus Processed Dog Food Debate" reports that Kelli Johnson, a kennel owner, feeds her dogs raw food. Johnson said her dogs "have more vitality, fewer allergies and cleaner teeth. They also haven't had any health issues in years.  I haven't been to the vet with an issue with the dogs in seven or eight years."  When I read this I feel that she could be speaking about me instead of her dogs!

Douda also reports Dr. Julie Churchill, a specialist in animal nutrition at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine saying that these claims are just "myth, urban legend."  When I read this I wondered if the University Department she works for is funded in any way by companies that manufacture processed, non-raw animal food.   The animals have their improved health as a consequence of consuming their natural raw diet.  The consequence for Veterinarians and the dog food manufacturers that fund them is a decrease in revenue.

By the way, I researched the sources of Veterinarian Dr. Julie Churchill's funding.  Dr. Churchill's research funding is provided by the Ralston Purina company.

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 04:06PM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments1 Comment

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I have been feeding both of my dogs a raw meat and bone diet for the past month and a half. I have a Bernese Mtn. Dog and a Sheltie. Both have greater energy and a nicer coat so far. We actually gave them Kibble yesterday and it gave the Berner the runs. I am not sure about all of the scientific evidence about raw food for Dogs, but what I see is an improvement.

I have also noticed that I feel better after a day of eating raw. I do not eat only raw food and am trying to incorporate as much as possible into my diet.
June 5, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

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