|Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 4:54pm PST |
|I found that with foods that are heavily loaded with fillers(corn, etc), by-products, preservatives(BHA, BHT, and a few others), chemicals and/or dyes... Charlie would have up to as many as three seizures in a given month. On grain-free, preservative-free, no by-product, non-dyed foods, he has MAYBE one seizure every three-six months. At absolute most. I would have to medicate him for epilepsy on cheaper dog foods. On the foods I feed(raw, and/or Acana), he has them so few and far between that my Vet wouldn't even think of medicating him because there would be more risks than benefits.
My old Rottweiler, Maya, was often fed foods such as Kirkland, Beneful, Ol' Roy etc in her previous home. Her arthritis got sooo incredibly bad, it was insane. She acted and looked crippled by it. She would scream in pain, etc. I took her in, got her on the same diet as Charlie, added raw egg and a little Glucosamine/Chondroitin to her daily supplement and she was acting like a puppy again in two weeks. I still ended up having to euthanize her at eight years old, but at least she got a bit longer, and a much less painful life from just a simple switch of nutrition, and exercise.
I've never personally known dogs that did good on those foods. And that's not to say they're not out there or that every single dog does good on grain-free, high protein foods(But there ARE grain-free foods without all the fillers that AREN'T as high protein as say, Orijen.) I just haven't seen it. Sure, dogs that LIVED on those foods. But dogs that THRIVED on them - that didn't smell, have disgusting teeth or smelly breath, that didn't have bad arthritis later, etc.. I've never seen it.
I've also never seen dogs that did bad on grain-free diets, or foods that weren't packed with fillers, chemicals, dyes, preservatives, etc. But.. again, just because I haven't seen it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
I haven't seen a $1,000,000 either.
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