We went to see the nutritionists at CSU and our appointment went pretty well. They cannot recommend a raw diet due to liability and I expected this. The arguments were
- obstruction from raw bone
- bacteria from raw meat
- raw meat diet does not provide fiber
- fat content
I'm especially not concerned with the first two on that list. A dog's stomach has a pH of like 1-2 and they digest raw food quickly due to the intestines being so short since they are carnivores. Bacteria is much more of a risk for us humans than dogs.
I can see that Migo should have some fiber in his diet. He is currently not being fed any fur or feathers which is what typically provides fiber. I am going to introduce rabbit fur soon. If you feed your dog too much fiber though it actually inhibits digestion (this is from Dr. Becker).
I do, however, watch the fat content that I feed Migo. While essential fatty acids are important, fat should not be more than 10% of his diet.
They looked at his urinalysis, cbc and biochem. All were normal for a growing puppy. They also took an xray so that the radiologist can look at his bone density and overall growth. It was excellent. They also commented that he has good muscles. So far Migo is in great shape.
They are building Migo a diet plan while will be pretty detailed as far as which nutrients are coming from which source and how much of each nutrient is depleted from cooking (therefore requiring supplements). I have no plans to follow it to a T (I'm still feeding PMR) but it will give me a good comparison and let me know if I need to make any adjustments.
I am also seeing a holistic DVM in about a week to have another source of information. So far this process has given me more confidence in knowing that I'm doing the right thing for Migo.
Now if only I can get him to eat his krill oil..
Attached is one happy scruffball.