|Barked: Wed Jun 20, '12 10:32am PST |
|I bought my last dog from a shelter in New Orleans while I was going to school there. The shelter sent me home with Science Diet and since I knew nothing about different kibbles, I fed that until it was nearly gone. Then I think I bought Eukanuba to transfer him over to because my second Golden's breeder had recommended that food.
After a while I noticed he was scratching all the time. So I took him to the vet who recommended a better food and sold me a bag of Solid Gold. So from there I started researching kibbles and eventually started feeding Blue Wilderness. Along the way I discovered raw and kept reading about how great it was. At first I thought there was no way I could afford it when I looked at the steaks in the grocery store. But eventually I learned how to make it doable and make the switch in 2009. Been feeding raw ever since.
The funny thing is, I'm pretty sure my shelter dog doesn't even have a food allergy. After the vet sold me that kibble, I realized he had fleas I hadn't seen because he's mostly black. Not sure how the vet missed that unless he just wanted to sell me that expensive food, but it worked out in the end.
Even though my dog didn't actually have a problem, I still noticed big improvements in his health when I switched. The no doggy breath is a big one and gets the most comments. Many people think (myself once included) think it's the normal way of things for dogs to have stinky breath and it absolutely isn't. I love being able to let my dogs' faces near mine without cringing away. Shiny coat is another one that people notice. I had someone ask me if I put something in Onyx's coat to make it look that way! Healthy inside = healthy outside. Plus the lean muscle (which most people equate to the dog being too skinny), energy, clean teeth, fewer poops, and just the enjoyment they get from each meal are all great
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