A very interesting discussion and one that I have enjoyed reading and thinking about. Like Meg I feed a combination of foods. Raw, home cooked and cold pressed. I also use small baked kibble for training treats. I do feel that we still have gaps in our information about cold pressed food and indeed all commercial dog food.
After lots of reading and weighing up my own priorities, my current preference is, raw complete as my first choice, home cooked, second. I don’t feel that I have the knowledge and experience to do this properly and be confident that my dog is getting everything she needs so I keep it at around 25% of my dogs diet. Then I favour cold pressed over extruded or baked food. I do have doubts about how the ingredients were treated before the cold pressing but I have made assumptions (my old boss was fond of saying assume makes an ass of u and me) based on texture and marketing, that the temperatures are lower than other methods used. I think what sold it to me was doing the test putting some cold pressed and some baked kibble in a glass of water and vinegar which is designed to mimic stomach acid. The cold pressed broke down really well whereas the other kibble I used held its shape and went almost rubbery! Cold pressed does seem to be easily digested by my dog and I use it to relieve constipation which can happen from time to time with raw.
I am sure the future will bring many more revelations about nutrition and I may well do a complete u turn. I think all we can do is feed what we feel is the best for ourselves and pets based on what we know and feel now. If I had a vulnerable person in my household, I probably wouldn’t feed raw. I have in the past, stopped for a while when family members are recovering from surgery. The ideal food would be full of all the necessary nutrients, tasty and germ free but I don’t think that exists yet.
I tend to embrace theories full on but then I am equally likely to reject them on contemplating there antithesis. I usually end up somewhere in between with many compromises. Last year I was practically eating a paleo diet myself even though it goes against everything I thought I knew about animal fat. I am now Vegan more because I could no longer ignore the internal struggle I was having about the questionable ethics of the diary and meat industry, than for health reasons. However I did lots of research and at the moment feel my health shouldn’t suffer if I do things properly. I may well have to rethink down the line but not about eating animal products. I just hope I don’t end up drinking my dinner in a complete drink!! I like my food too much.