|Barked: Fri Oct 26, '12 10:28am PST |
|My vet is not only anti-raw, but she is anti-raw and vegan as well. Not that I care if someone chooses to be vegan or not, but she absolutely cringed when she found out Farley eats raw, and seemed especially disgusted and emotionally disturbed when I said he eats whole rabbits and piglets (among other things).
Thing is, even though she is anti-raw, she gives him excellent bills of health each checkup, and goes on about how insanely clean and white his teeth are for being 6 years old. Of course, she probably doesn't attribute any of this to raw, but I certainly do.
Keep in mind if you like the vet otherwise, it might be okay as long as they respect your educated decision to feed raw. Reassure her of your research and your dog's progress if you can. Also keep in mind if your dog ever does get sick or hurt in the future, an anti-raw vet may jump to feeding raw as the cause. Also, since raw feeding has outright been officially bashed by the AVMA, your vet may feel less hesitant to give any approval for it.
In my situation, Farley's health speaks for itself. I ignore the vet's anti-raw rhetoric and let her see his health for herself. In fact, he only really sees the vet for checkups because he is so healthy. In the end, I'd say do what you are comfortable with. If the raw thing causes a serious clash between you and your vet, it wouldn't hurt to look around for a different vet. Many vets don't know much about raw feeding and I have heard of some Dogster members that have been asked by their vets to provide information about raw feeding so they can learn more about it.
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