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Old 01-24-2013, 06:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My parents have a Golden. And he used to have a horrific skin condition. Nothing they could do. He went to specialists all over Boston to try to care for this allergy related skin disease. Kind of like Eczema and psorasis in humans. The poor dog suffered from flaky, dry, painfully itchy skin. They tried every medication. He was on steroids and various products that while helped also made his immune system weaker. It was a horrible unhealthy cycle.

Until.........my step dad's coworker recommended he try raw for his dog. The term he used is BARF. At first my mom was skpetical. However, they tried this and with in days the skin started to clear up. By a month his skin was slowly coming back to normal. The flakes were gone, the itchiness has disappeared and the fur was growing back nicely. By the end of two months he was simply gorgeous. And now he is essentially back to normal. Theyhave discovered he is allergic to some foods and some products. He will ocassionaly break out if he eats a potoato chip or something not on his healthy BARF diet. The food he eats is helping his body heal itself.

Their vet at first thought they were crazy. The vet did not recommend this. But then the vet began to see the results of Raw (BARF). I do not think the Vet goes around suggesting to patients that they feed raw to their dogs. But he has been supportive of my mom's choice. The vet has been kind to my mother and has even said he wished there was more research about this for all dogs. Raw works for my mom and step dad's dog. Thank heavens it works as he no longer suffers.

I wonder why vets Pooh Pooh the idea?
Is it Egos ? Or maybe fears that the dog will be fed rotten raw food.. I wonder why they are not more supportive?
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Same question I'm still wondering
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I will say that vets have a right to be concerned. To many people go at it half assed. They think they can just give their dogs whatever as long as its raw meat. That is not the case. You need to make sure they are getting a balanced diet that contains meat, organs and bones.

You can cause more harm than good if you do not take the time to learn how to properly feed your dog.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I will say that vets have a right to be concerned. To many people go at it half assed. They think they can just give their dogs whatever as long as its raw meat. That is not the case. You need to make sure they are getting a balanced diet that contains meat, organs and bones.

You can cause more harm than good if you do not take the time to learn how to properly feed your dog.
I think I know someone who does that. She is doing agility and I hope she's feeding a balanced diet bc her dogs are great, but one time I had some deer (whole leg) meat for her I told her to come and get it and that we would be gone for the weekend, she says she forgot and then she came to get it on Monday. Of course in the Texas heat the ice melted and it was getting old. She said she still wanted it and so she fed it to her dog. I don't know the rules of Raw but that seems bad. And I thought you were supposed to freeze all game meat for a while just in case.


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Old 01-26-2013, 03:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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6 days 18 hours until I bring my ZIGGY home. I haven't been this nervous since I retired from the Army in 1994. I have read so much on this forum, I "almost" think I'm ready for anything!! I know RAW is the best way to fed, but I'm still a little worried about the first meal!! I'm hoping he will take to it with no problems. If not, I'll be eating skinless chicken for a few months. I do have 3 questions:
1- What is an AVATAR?
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3. Wings, Legs or Necks for the first meal?

Don't be too harsh with me...I've NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS!!!
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Welcome from NJ

1- an avatar is the picture under your name on the left hand side whenever you post to the forum
2- Sticky's are threads that we feel are important and by "stickying" them they remain at the top of each forum category so people can find them easier
3 - I don't feed raw, someone else will chime in to answer that for you

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Old 01-26-2013, 06:33 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot. Hopefully I will catch on, but I'm sure everyone will keep me straight. I think a lot of vets are money hungry
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Maybe I should not say money hungry, however, the pet industry is a billion dollar a year industry and one could easy be consumed by the profit they can make. My ex-vet seemed to be that way.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:46 PM   #19 (permalink)
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2ManyDogs, you hit the nail on the head. I have worked in Veterinary medicine for a very long time. Vet's that I have worked beside have the fear that people won't take the necessary precautions to feed RAW diet properly. I have seen people (DVM's) educate people how to properly do so and then the dogs owners call us with sick pets weeks later blaming us with their lack of knowledge. I personally have educated people to properly do it & some how it doesn't click. This isn't always true. Or not even most the time. But, sometimes. Vet's live in fear of this diet and most of the time it's easier to suggest a kibble. Guilty as charged.

I will say this. Not one vet (that I personally know) suggest CORN is a good source of protein or diet. Science diet holds the market sadly on certain diets. But, I won't go into that. I am done with my rant, I will step off my soap box.

I will just read post now. Thank you.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:23 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Thank you for your post!

Now how do we make sure we are doing it right?
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