Proud to be a- kitchen wolf!!!
|Barked: Fri Jun 13, '08 11:19am PST |
|The advice you're getting is one thing, the suggestions for how to act on that advice is totally contrary!
A raw diet is not a high-protein diet. Contrary to popular belief meat is not 100% protein, and remember that a raw diet is also not 100% muscle meat. Like Tessa explained, the moisture content of fresh-frozen meat means that the as-fed protein level of meat is in the neighborhood of 15%. That's the same or maybe just a twitch higher than most high-quality canned foods. The quality of the protein is very high, which is actually (in my opinion and that of some vets out there) the most important factor -- especially when it comes to liver and kidney function.
Hill's w/d formula food is indeed low in protein, which is what your vet said he wanted. They achieve this with a parade of fiber, substances that offer the most minimal amount of nutrients, synthetics, and chemicals. Ick. Here's the ingredient list if you're interested:
Ground Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose 17.1% (source of fiber), Chicken by-product Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Soybean Meal, Iron Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, L-Lysine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), preserved with BHT, BHA and Ethoxyquin, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, L-Carnitine, L-Tryptophan, Beta-Carotene.
I don't doubt that this food lead to numbers on tests that your vet wanted to see, HOWEVER, you have to consider whether or not this is a solution for future health, or a way to achieve a certain result NOW.
It seems that you're not so sure that Hills w/d is a food you want to feed long term. Orijen is a fantastic food and may in the eyes of some even be a good food to feed even in light of Harry's funky liver numbers, BUT it is about as high of a concentration of protein you're going to be able to get into him!!! MUCH higher than a raw diet! As-fed, Orijen is in the neighborhood of 50% protein.
So are you and your vet satisfied that the high ALT numbers have been "fixed" with this diet change and not pursuing it further? LOTS of things can cause a high ALT reading, some of them serious. If it was the diet and you've changed that, great, but I'd consider the possibility that the food change simply served to mask symptoms of a deeper problem. Especially given that the diet change was suggested based on faulty logic (the protein thing), I don't know that I'd be so quick to close the case. How high was the reading?
I hope that nothing is serious and no matter what you decide that Harry gets back to feeling his best!
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