We had a presentation last night at our monthly, local Dog Owners Group (D.O.G. of which Ricky Ricardo is the founder). The guest speaker owns a local pet store that specializes in"holistic" pet food. She says she is a self educated expert in homeopathy!
She provided a hierarchy of pet foods in terms of nutritional value. From lowest to highest:
- canned food
- freeze dried
She said if a dog has a loose stool, don't feed rice, feed all natural pumpkin. She also said that small fish like sardines and anchovies are better for dogs than large fish species because they have less potential for harmful chemical buildup in their flesh.
In answer to questions, she said that Fromms is the best kibble although it gets moldy after one to three weeks depending on the environment and storage conditions. (Royal Canin one of the worst which is what Ricky's breeder had him on when we brought him home) I asked about Ricky's diet of Honest Kitchen. She said that HK is excellent for nutrition, ease of preparation, and relatively moderate price but it can get moldy too under some conditions. She said she feeds her dogs a raw diet of Raw Bistro which she thinks is the best dog food right now. The problems with Raw Bistro is that it is VERY expensive, doesn't transport easily, and must be refrigerated.
I said Ricky's Vet is not a fan of raw diets for the following reasons:
1. There are no "independent" studies or research that raw diets are better (yes, I know some on this forum will produce some studies but not necessarily independent or approved)
2. He says he sees more gastro problems with dogs on a raw diet than those that aren't (for the record, I tried Darwin's raw diet with Ricky, introduced in the recommended way, and he got very ill with yellow vomit and very runny diarrhea for a week with expensive tests and Vet bills. I put him back on Honest Kitchen and he was back to normal in a couple of days.)
3. Raw diets are a potential and real source of salmonella and other bacteria poisoning to humans if not handled very carefully.
The speaker said she was not a fan of my Vet!
I present this information here for background only. I don't take a position one way or another on any diet other than to say Ricky and I are happy with his Honest Kitchen Preference diet and we will keep it that way.
Now the guest speaker has me thinking whether I want to keep Ricky on his monthly Advantix applications (she is very opposed to these kinds of chemicals). Again, there are pros and cons to the treatment.
I am ultimately responsible for Ricky and his health despite what a guest speaker or the Vet might say. Sometimes this dog thing can be overwhelming!