Remember when we were kids-- now I am talking to those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s -- do you remember buying dog food in the stores? I certainly don't. Our dogs ate the leftovers from dinner. If you remember that than you also recall we almost never took our pets to the vet. Our Cocker Spaniel gave birth to eight pups and when they were ready to leave their mom, they went to good homes. In general, all our pets lived healthy lives.
I am not sure when, but I think it was in the late 60s, we introduced "pet food" to our dogs and cats. We were told it was unhealthy to give them table scraps. Soon, we had to take them to see the pet doctor as they were acquiring various health issues.
In my adult life, we had several dogs and cats who were all raised on pet food. They were, in fact, part of our family and only the best food would do -- and usually it was the most expensive. They acquired various health issues, including cancer, and certainly did not live life to their full potential.
Approximately six years ago, we watched a television special about commercial dog food and were appalled. It explained that it didn't really matter how much money you spent on your dog food, it basically was the same with so many chemicals, toxins, additives, food coloring you name it...
We immediately introduced our Black Lab to a raw food diet and within a few weeks, she lost ten pounds of weight that she did not need. Her coat became shiny and satiny, her eyes cleared from the allergies she had, her breath started to smell sweet and she had more energy.
Around the same time, we inherited a miniature Dachshund who was twelve years old. He had several tumor like growths and dragged his hind quarters. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and had to be carried outside to relieve himself. In two weeks time, he went from dragging his back end to running and jumping. His tumors literally disappeared and he was obviously happier. He is now 17 and our Lab is 13. They are still both youthful, playful and full of life. We have not had a vet bill in all these years.
Many of our acquaintances have switched their dogs to a raw food diet with similar results. I am so thankful for giving new life to our little friends and seriously recommend you check out a raw food diet for yours. We buy their meat at our local butcher which is ground beef and heart. To that we add carrots, celery, apple, parsley and yams that we have put through the food processor. We add some vitamins and that's it. A couple times a week they get raw beef knuckle bones which clean their teeth and work their upper body muscles. Healthy, happy pets without large medical bills.
It may be well worth while to check out a raw food diet that is recommended for your pet. Vets will usually warn you against it -- and I believe the reasons are obvious.