|Barked: Tue Apr 10, '12 4:23pm PST |
|So back from the vet, Farley got a "gold star" for his checkup. The vet said his teeth are the best as they could possibly be at 6 years old, and said she wished she saw that more often. He also weighs in at 70.8 lbs, and his body condition looks good. He's got a nice tuck behind his ribs.
She didn't bring up his raw diet until I was paying at the front. As I expected, she went on to say that he clearly is benefiting from his raw diet and looks great and is very healthy. Then she followed that up with an anti-raw printout. (I kind of saw that coming).
She said the printout was "unbiased", but the author of the article is trying to sell a book of homecooked recipes as well as products, so there's definitely some vested interest in profit there. Definitely not what I would call unbiased: (www.completeandbalanced.com)
I took the pamphlet anyway to check out what fearmongering it was full of, and it was full of the usual "cooked meat is safer" and that dogs and people are at a "huge" risk for salmonella infections from the raw meat. The article also recommended feeding your dog raw fruits and vegetables (which I don't agree with as far as necessity is concerned).
I told her he's been on raw for 4 years and that we don't plan on changing his diet, and it sort of ended there.
I did give examples of what I feed, and when she heard whole raw fur-on rabbits were a small part of the diet, she cringed and said she's a vegan. So yeah, that probably doesn't help with her viewpoint- although I did mention I know many veg/vegan raw feeders!
Anyway, I had a basic blood panel drawn for Farley, and the results should be in by tomorrow so hopefully that all goes well!
Oh, and on the front of the printout, there's a AVMA journal reference that says "a puppy fed a diet composed of an organic premix and raw ground beef" suffered from diffuse osteopenia and myelopathy..
So, feeding raw WILL give your dog diffuse osteopenia and myelopathy!
Edited by author Tue Apr 10, '12 4:25pm PST
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