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Friday, July 29, 2005

What's REALLY in Your Dog's Food?

Most people are blissfully unaware as to what goes into commercially prepared dog food. (It'll shock you). But your dog's health is not unaware - your dog's health WILL suffer if you feed your dog most commercially prepared dog foods. Dogs fed on commercially prepared dog food tend to suffer from a higher incidence of degenerative-type diseases, and, on the whole, to not live as long as those fed a dog's natural diet.

Don't believe me?

An eye-opening article has been prepared by the Animal Protection Institute called "What's Really in Pet Food". If you've never read it before, I can guarantee it will put you off feeding your dog supermarket brands of commercial dog food again.

Click here to read the article.

Many vets and animal nutritional experts agree that the very best food for your dog is a mainly raw diet of bones and meat, as well as some veges and maybe some fruit and some whole wheat. It's commonly known as the BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food).

Don't like the BARF diet because you don't like giving your dog bones? You're not alone. I only recently found an alarming article which is making me think twice about bones (as opposed to raw meat, cartilage and some fat, which ARE indisputably good for your dog). My vet is one of those (in the vast majority, I believe) who has always advocated raw bones, but this article really does give cause for alarm, and I'm reducing, and considering cutting out, bones, especially as my dogs are getting on in years and may be at greater risk of bone splinters causing damage.

©2005, Brigitte Smith


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