|Barked: Fri Nov 27, '09 3:55pm PST |
|Okay I'll try to answer everything
High protein diets causing health problems is a myth, unless the dog already has kidney problems, high protein will no cause kidney damage.
Ya she told me that high protein would hurt their kidneys.
If youre feeding kibble, the absolute minimum should be 25%, thats enough to sustain the dog without causing muscle wasting and weight gain due to high carb content.
Ya thats definitely different than what she said to me.
I'd like to see actual research to prove this woman's claims, otherwise, well, theyre just claims, nothing more.
She said she had papers on it from a seminar or something. And that the name of the guy that proved this was Dr.Dodman. But I have only been able to find very little on this person.
I'm friends with someone who owns a pet boutique and I've already talked to several customers who say their dogs tear stains cleared up on grain free diet, because the red yeast that causes stains feeds on sugar in grains.
Rickards old owner had him on IAMS puppy, he never had tear stains or itchies when I got him. I put him on Orijen and hes had tear stain issues ever since. He went on Orijen 6 Fish and tried Regional Red. His tear stains got worse on Regional Red, went back to 6 Fish, they never went away but never got worse.
The story about her own dog sounds fishy, its possible for the dog to become agitated, but its probably because she gave the dog new food cold turkey, which should never be done.
I honestly can't tell you if it was the truth, she looked like she believed what she was saying.
Try Acana provincial Pacifica, its 35% protein.
I'll look into it
1. How can you tell which study is right? I mean I've heard SD or whatever puts out alot of stuff saying Raw is bad, and I think most know thats not true. I'm not saying I don't agree with the one saying high protein is good, I just honestly don't know.
2. I'll be honest, I'm confused about this one.
3. Ah, I see what your saying. Why would this behavorist believe it works so well then, and appearntly have proof it does by other dogs shes helped? I'm not saying shes right by any means. I wouldn't have come here asking questions if I knew the truth of anything.
4. Ya I wish I could figure out what in the food caused Rickards tear stains and itchies.
I think your better luck on Happy Paws has more to do with finding a food that agrees with them better, for whatever reason, than protein = bad for most dogs.
Thanks for your thoughts Sedona and Uno, I hope my post didn't come across the wrong way. I know very little about dog food other than what shouldn't be in it ingredient wise. Thinking grain free was the best out there, then having someone adamantly tell you that everything you learned is wrong. It gets really confusing and all I'm trying to do is make the best decision for my dogs.
Do either of you have any links I could show this behaviorist? My husband is probably going to get frustrated knowing I'm most likely going to change their food again. If 22% protein is too low, then I don't want my dogs on it *sigh*
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