- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I think it is totally dependent on the individual pet. From my experience, a raw diet has been great for one of my dogs. I have a 12 year old English bulldog who was diagnosed with advanced congestive heart failure January of this year. She was always on a kibble diet and finding a formula that worked for her was a never-ending headache. She would do well for a while and then out of nowhere, she would turn into a hot mess. Patches of fur falling out, yeast overproduction, loose stool, etc. She was always on a premium formula and I would thoroughly research before changing her diet. When you’re spending $90 on a bag that still doesn’t work, it makes you want to rip your hair out. I never considered a raw diet because I thought it was some ridiculous new dog diet trend. About 5 months ago she started having these seizure-like episodes that began increasing to sometimes twice a day. After seeing her cardiologist and running a full panel of tests, we still didn’t have an answer to what was causing the seizures. Though the cardiologist was very pleased with her response to treatment after 6 months, I was still concerned with the seizures. A few weeks later she began having loose stool and losing patches of fur again. Come to find out, the dog food company had switched manufacturing plants and numerous other people were complaining of similar issues.
At this point, I was beyond fed up and with a dog in heart failure, the last thing I wanted was her to feel shitty due to her diet. I did some research on a raw diet because I felt it was the only thing I hadn’t tried. I consulted her cardiologist who said she typically wouldn’t suggest a raw diet. Well, I still wanted to at least try it for a week to see how she did. So August 1st I switched her to raw and she has done incredibly well. Her coat improved, yeast production was lower than it’s been in years, she gained an appetite that she never had in her entire life (she was never a dog that was excited to eat and now will jump up and wait in the kitchen when she hears the freezer door open), her energy level increased and is actually playful again, and last but most importantly, she hasn’t had a single seizure since switching to raw 3.5 months ago!!!!! Seriously, my mind was blown with how well it has worked for her. I can’t believe the drastic improvement to her health. Upon her diagnosis January 1st she was given 6-12 months and as we approach the one year mark, she is doing great with no signs of decline.
I will say that our black lab does well on a quality kibble formula so I really don’t think one diet is best for all. I am just glad I found something that finally worked, regardless of what kind of diet it is.
UPDATE: since this thread picked up again. Our vet was OK with us putting her on a raw diet and felt it was a good alternative. We tried but she wasn’t feeling it so now we are planning to try “home cooked foods” but with the minerals and vitamins already added (you can buy it pre-made). She loves eating home cooked foods but I am hoping that a properly balanced meal that was made for dogs will be better than us trying to figure out a good formula at home.
She is a little overweight but the vet said she looks to be very healthy and has a nice shiny coat so clearly she isn’t lacking vitamins which is good.
Also, please don’t bash other bees. All of us, I hope, do what is best for our fur babies. I can gather from
I appreciate that you have your opinion but are able to admit that it isn’t an exact one-size-fits-all approach. I really respect that! Makes these discussions so much more worthwhile. For interest’s sake, here are a couple of links – Raw Essentials is founded and run by a vet 😊 She also discusses risks of raw feeding.
I also feed my dog freeze dried raw food. He loves it. He’s such a picky eater, it’s been a challenge to find something he’ll eat that is still good for him.
Careful with raw dog food that has BONE in it!! We put our small/medium size dog on a raw food diet because he’s a picky eater and we wanted to treat him. Well after a few weeks his stomach became FILLED WITH BONE that he wasn’t processing fast enough. He was completely blocked up, couldn’t poop and in so much pain!! We had to put him on a liquid pumpkin paste diet for weeks. I wish someone told me to watch for all the bone in raw food. Please be careful bees.
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