My sister forwarded to me today this great article that makes the case for fresh food vs processed dog food. http://well.org/green-living/healthy-food-pets/
This comment caught my eye: "Since the food industry sale dog and catfood, these poor animals age very fast. For 20-30 years ago dogs and cats came to en age of 20 years, today your vet will tell you that your dog /cat is old when it has reached 10 years. Additionally do these poor animals have the same deseases as human beings."
I tried to find research to back this up but couldn't. In fact, pet life spans seem to have increased over the decades. Anyone know of evidence to support the above comment? some think the increase in life span is due not to any dietary changes but to neutering and increased medical interventions. Perhaps a real food diet will increase life span even more?
We bring our sweet little puppy home in 2 weeks. She's currently being fed kibble. I like the idea of giving her both kibble meals and fresh food meals. or should I skip the kibble? We have to travel a lot and plan on bringing our pup with us so it seems like a good idea to have the easy option of eating kibble during these times. any potential problems with this plan?
How quickly after you got your puppy did you make the transition to fresh food?
This forum is fabulous, lots of great tips. love it!
You are likely to read as many opinions on food as there are dog owners.
The fact is that kibble is a very recent invention in the scheme of dog/human relationship. It is also a fact that dogs are largely scavengers, NOT primarily predators. This makes dogs capable of digesting many things that an obligate carnivore (like a cat) cannot. That said, there are good kibbles out there, and there are there are dogs who live long, healthy lives on kibble. (I have a friend whose Lab x is 19, and has lived on kibble all his life!)
We have a LOT of food options these days, from raw, to commercial raw, to home-made diets (be careful with these… they can be great, but MUST be properly balanced!!!) to freeze-dried raw to canned to kibble.
Do a lot of reading and decide for yourself what food (or combination of foods) will work best for your pet and your life style, then don't fret over it!
I used a freeze-dried mix that was meant to be mixed with your own meat (raw or cooked… I cooked it) for quite a while. Unfortunately, Kodi developed some allergies, and needs to be on a limited ingredient diet. That means I need to either make it completely by myself, or use commercial food that is available in limited ingredient formulas. I chose a brand we have here in the U.S, that it processed locally, contains no ingredients from China (very important!) and is available in limited ingredient formulas in both canned and kibble. Kodi gets kibble in the morning, because my husband likes to feed him, and doesn't like to fuss. He gets canned in the evening, with his supplements. I buy the big cans, but the same formula is available in small cans, so it would be easy to travel with!