|Barked: Wed Dec 19, '12 8:30am PST |
|Having worked in more than one racing kennel, it wasn't common to exclusively feed a high quality raw diet. Some of the meat given was raw, but it was USDA grade D and no organs were ever given, more often than not slopped right along with the cheap kib with several varied mix-ins including supplements. Those dogs never saw an organ or raw bone in their lives. Their dogs were top track earners anyway, so...why feed at higher cost than necessary? cuts into profits and they were a business after all. Still are businesses in the states that still have dog tracks and they all operate on the profit model. (I have no experience with UK track dogs). Feed is one of the first things to be cut down on. Otherwise we wouldn't see on this very site posts about how often folks have to cut back on a raw diet for a large dog when times are tough. Most male greys I handled were around 90lbs, multiply those daily reg's out by a factor of fifty dogs or more. That's reality. I'm not sure what they feed sled dogs as I don't have direct experience, depends on the musher and how flush they are, I'm sure. Meat is quite costly by geographical area for northern teams unless they hunt.
Nothing wrong with pressure cooking bones until they've softened enough, can be quite helpful for older dogs and young puppies, or those with dental issues especially. Nothing wrong with feeding cooked food to a dog either and it would be nice if solid data backed up claims, otherwise it's all just opinion. I keep researching but nowhere have I been able to find data lacking bias or peer reviewed journal studies that state that a well-researched, balanced home-cooked diet is inferior to a well-researched, balanced raw diet. Notice this thread is in 'home prepared food and recipes', not the raw forum, so it's not intended to be for a raw diet anyway. Not all people who homecook use grains or vegetables. I almost always just use meat and organs.
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