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Pet owners have been debating whether they should be feeding their dogs raw or dry food for quite some time now, but the American Veterinary Medical Association has finally decided to chime in. According to Dogster, the AVMA recently announced a policy that recommends against feeding dogs and cats raw or unprocessed meat, eggs and milk.

While there are many raw food opposers, there are just as many advocates who have voiced their grievances against the AVMA for deciding contrary to the dog “rawvolution.” Almost 4,000 people signed a Chance.org petition when AVMA released its policy. They accused them of being “puppets of the pet-food industry.” Conversely, pet owners who feed their dogs dry food can get defensive, as well. “To me, the raw feeders of this site are akin to the Bible Punchers who knock at your door trying to convert their faith to you; they have no respect for other people’s preference and only their own view counts and is correct,” wrote an owner in a dog food forum.

The AVMA cites pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter, Toxoplasma gondii (the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis), Cryptosporidium, Echinococcus, Clostridium, Neospora, and Sarcocystis. Veterinarians say that these pathogens can sometimes be transmitted to their human counterparts. However, no confirmed cases of human salmonellosis have been associated with these raw diets.

Commercial dog food has had its fair share of controversy. In the last year alone, there have been over 270 pet food recalls. Raw proponents have expressed their concern about all fillers and grains and preservatives in commercial food.

My Dog Loves Kale!
I discovered this after a recent trip to the Brooklyn green market. While cleaning a pile of kale for a juice cleanse, my wire fox terrier stole this giant piece of kale and devoured the entire leaf, stem and all! I thought for sure, it would do a number on his intestines but the fiber- and vitamin-rich plant worked wonders. Washington now goes Krazy for kale!

His healthy antics got me buying kale every week. The fox and I are eating those big green leafs just about every day. My nails and skin have never looked better and he is turning into quite the fit fox.

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Two shockingly healthy PMR/BARF-friendly treats for dogs, cats, and ferrets!

Stewart Pro-Treat dehydrated liver cubes, and Dogswell Vitality jerky!!

The former is very inexpensive for the amount you get, a 21 ounce bucket will last you months depending on the size of your pet. The jerky is however on the luxurious side; I’ve gotten very lucky and can buy it for a small fraction of the price at my local discounted grocery market.

Koda goes head over heels for both of these, but ESPECIALLY the freeze-dried liver. He’s learning commands faster than he ever did with crappy off-brand bone biscuits. These give your dog some serious incentive!

notanadult replied to your photo “It was yummy.”

Hey, how’s Bazyl’s digestion going? I know you were going onto raw food because he was having throwing up issues.

Hey, thank you for asking.

Bazyl had his ups and downs ever since he’s on B.A.R.F. diet but ever since Oct28, he is 100% on raw meat only. Sometimes he refuses to eat as he decides he doesn’t like this particular mix of different kinds of meat that I prepared for him (which leaves me with over 2kilos of frozen food that he won’t eat ;) ) but generally he understood that raw meat is all he’s gonna be getting from me.

As for his vomiting - he is still on steroids so I am waiting until we can stop giving it to him so then I can observe if raw meat helps or not. From one pill a day again we came down to ½ pill every 3 days and it’s still going good. Every phase takes 3 weeks before we reduce the dose again so generally it all takes a lot of time. But you can’t rush quitting steroids. He’s having his vomiting episodes from time to time but throwing up once every 2 weeks is way better than throwing up every day or every 2 days. But is it the meat or the medicine? Too early to say yet.

All I can say is these last 2,5 month on raw meat made my cats way more lively (like hyper lively now xP) and their fur is simply AMAZING. They have always had nice, sleek fur but now it’s so unbelievably soft. Their poo has no scent so it’s quite nice for the owner of 2 strictly indoor cats ;) I will have their blood tested soon to make sure they aren’t missing any vitamins and that all is well.

I still have faith in B.A.R.F. diet and hopefully it will cure my IBD cat :)

Looking for a raw pet food community?

it’s today’s great big issue so let’s find some nice people for you to communicate with about feeding species-appropriate foods. :)

http://www.reddit.com/r/rawpetfood/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/6584536250/

http://feline-nutrition.org/

http://www.chazhound.com/forums/ (general dog and pet forum with lots of raw feeders!)

feel free to add to this.

Prey Model vs. BARF Diets: Possibly the most contentious battle in the dog world

Question: So many raw feeders say that variety in proteins, organs, etc. is all a dog/cat needs to be healthy; no need for adding fruits, veggies, grains, or supplements to the raw diet. Is this true or are supplements still needed?

Answer: You are referring to the debate between prey model and BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) diets. The prey model is based on the premise that a companion animal’s diet should mimic that of their wild counterparts. BARF diets include fruits, vegetables and supplements.

I disagree with using the prey model diet for dogs. They have been domesticated by humans and evolved over thousands of years to be obligate omnivores now rather than true carnivores. Dogs were domesticated not only to help us and be our companions, but also to curb landfill waste or eat table scraps. For instance, when you see images of stray dogs, they are usually foraging near garbage piles. This sociological trend is confirmed by scientific research. A recent study by Robert Wayne, a professor at University of California Los Angeles, determined that dogs are not as closely related to wolves as once believed. In conclusion, the genome of domesticated dogs has adapted over time from that of wolves to aid digestion and utilization of a starch-rich diet. Accordingly, the BARF diet is more balanced for today’s dogs. Vegetables, fruits and supplements are important for them as well as meat.

Cats are still carnivores and can survive without vegetables and fruits, although their raw diets may need supplements of vitamins and minerals, too.

This topic stirs up passions and emotions so I anticipate several comments about my position and encourage a civilized dialogue. Perception is reality. Unfortunately, an emotional debate may discourage someone from continuing their journey of learning more about pet health and nutrition. Ultimately, the debate could do more harm than good for the intended companion animal eating the diet, if it became divisive and unconstructive. My point here is to communicate freely, but with a sense of decorum.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

References:
Axelsson, E; Ratnakumar, A; Arendt, ML; Maqbool, K; Webster, MT; Perloski, M; Liberg, O; Arnemo, JM; Hedhammar, A; Lindblad-Toh, K. “The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet.” Nature. 2013 Mar 21;495(7441):360-4. doi: 10.1038/nature11837. Epub 2013 Jan 23.

Viegas, Jennifer. “Dogs Not as Close Kin to Wolves as Thought.” Discovery News, JAN 16, 2014. Accessed April 14, 2014. Retrieved from: http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/dogs-not-as-close-kin-to-wolves-as-thought-140116.htm

The Differences Between Prey-model and BARF Diets

By Lily Allyn

A prey model diet is one that is meant to resemble, as closely as possible, the diet that carnivorous canines and felines have evolved to eat, and have been eating, for many thousands, if not millions of years. It’s a diet that is modeled on the kinds of whole prey critters that are consumed by our domestic dogs’ and cats’ wild counterparts - because physiologically speaking, our house pets are virtually identical to wild wolves and small wild cats. Our pets’ teeth, stomachs and digestive tracts have been designed by nature to consume whole prey.

Packs of wolves will hunt and bring down large ungulates, such as deer, caribou and bison. Individual wolves will hunt and eat smaller prey such as squirrels, rabbits, hares, chipmunks and other rodents, while small wildcats hunt and prey on small game such as reptiles, birds, fish, rodents and insects.

All of these prey animals are made up of bones, organs, muscle meat, skin, hide/hair/feathers, fat and other connective tissue. In the average prey animal, the ratio of these parts is approximately:

5-10% organs (½ of this amount is liver)

10-15% edible bones

80-85% muscle meat (and the rest of the critter)

Since it’s not generally practical for us to feed the exact prey animals our pets’ wild counterparts hunt and feed on, the next best thing is for us to *model* our pets’ diet on the ratio of parts found in wild prey, and to feed these proportions of whatever raw product is readily available to us.

The important thing about prey model diet is that it involves feeding WHOLE foods, in as close to the way nature made them as possible, because this is what carnivores’ teeth and digestive systems are designed to consume. One very important reason to feed whole, bone in raw meats to our carnivorous pets, is because of the effect they have on oral health. Gnawing, jawing, slicing, tearing, ripping and crunching through intact raw meat and bones does wonders to keep teeth clean and gums healthy. An unhealthy mouth with rotten teeth and gums can lead to a myriad of health problems, while a healthy mouth with clean teeth and strong gums is much more likely to be the gateway to a healthy body.

Another important aspect of the prey model diet is that since it’s generally not practical to feed actual wild prey to our pets, and instead we often must rely on food raised for human consumption, it’s crucial that we provide as much variety in our pets’ prey model diet as possible, to make up for the fact that commercially raised livestock does not contain the concentration and variety of nutrients that’s present in wild prey.

Unlike a prey model diet, BARF diets generally recommend feeding:

~ ground, not whole foods (which encourage gulping and provide no oral stimulation for healthy teeth and gums)

~ vegetables (which are not species appropriate foods for carnivores)

~ very bony body parts like necks, backs and wings (which contain a disproportionately high ratio of bone to meat)

~ supplements (which are unnecessary in a prey model diet because all requisite nutrients already exist in whole foods. The only caveat is that most commercially raised livestock is deficient in essential Omega 3 fatty acids, so some prey model raw feeders supplement with fish body oil if they are unable to feed raw fish)

Prey model is the best way to feed our furry friends. It’s based upon the way Mother Nature has been feeding her carnivorous creatures for generations.

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Ok so I found all these pictures of my dog, Cuddles, eating something (I haven’t looked at them closely enough. Some kind of bone?) in my computer files. They were taken back in Summer, so it’s untelling (How could I not have gotten any pics of my other baby though?)

These are completely irrelevant to this blog in every way, but since I haven’t created another one, meh.

Their diet’s based mostly on PMR, but they still eat anything else, too. Like table scraps, yogurt & cottage cheese (sometimes), or whatever we put down for them. Oh, they also get ground meat, sometimes (especially if we find it on sale). It’s doing well, though, right?

Cuddles is 6 years old this year, and it’s going on our second year feeding raw. Our other, Jasper, is of an unknown age because he was a rescue from the shelter. He was very rough when we got him (3 years ago) and was all skin and bones. I think he’s doing considerably better.

myparalysis said: Godspeed my friend. Ps what are you feeding these days? I need to find a regular supplier for turkey necks because the Asian supermarket is slackin’

Ugh, turkey necks are so annoying to find. I just found some at this random grocery store nearby but they only have three locations and none are near you :( I need to find a place that sells whole beef hearts. Even the sliced ones are hard to find sometimes. My regular grocery store sometimes has them but it’s like once in a blue moon. Have yet to find any green tripe, all that’s around is bleached. Probably will have to go to the butcher for it but I’m not very motivated since it is absolutely disgusting.

Lately it’s been chicken backs, turkey necks, beef heart, beef liver once a week, ground beef, chicken drumsticks and thighs, and Bo eats a cornish hen by herself probably once a week. I got them some pork neck bones thinking they’d just eat the meat and have a bone to gnaw on for a few days but only Bo ate hers AND she demolished the bone in like 15 minutes so…

I put some gizzards, beef kidney, and chicken livers into a veg mix for when I’m gone. They also get all the other good stuff like eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese whenever. They also really dig coconut oil. Bo is OBSESSED and very upset that she can’t have more than a tablespoon.

Does Juno eat fish? I can’t get any of them to eat fish which is annoying since Cam and Ollie have terrible skin (mostly Ollie, the kid never stops itching) and I hate even looking at fish so they should eat it just for the effort I put out. Sometimes I can get them to eat fillets but that’s only if they’re starving and it’s not even the good stuff with all the oils. They get a fish oil supplement BUT STILL.

I might try the International grocery store, though. I never thought of that.

Best kept secret:
Raw beef bones in your grocery store’s meat market. You have to ask for them, but at my grocery store they’re .85 cents for 5 meat covered bones- so much cheaper than any pet store chew toy/treat. Plus, it keeps D occupied for like an hour, which is fantastic.

On another note: man would I love to start feeding raw. But for now a daily bone treat will have to do.

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