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General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Mar 01, 2016, 22:21 »
It is my personal opinion that dogs should not be vegan or vegetarian. Whilst I don't dispute that manufacturers can create a vegetarian food that provides everything a dog needs, I don't believe it can ever be optimum, and definitely not for cats. Ultimately, it is unnatural.

'PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) claims the nutritional needs of dogs and cats can be met with a balanced vegan diet.


All of my nutritional study has taught that cats are obligate carnivores and must eat meat to survive. Taurine is an essential nutrient for cats as they cannot produce their own - it cannot be sourced from plant based foods and would have to be supplemented synthetically. Personally, I completely disagree with the statement that cats can be vegetarian or vegan.

This is a very interesting topic and one which I shall research further. If any one else has links to scientific papers comparing meat and plant based diets, and long term effects of high carb diets in dogs please share! Thanks for starting.


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All about cat food / Re: Poorly cat...
« on: Feb 26, 2016, 10:55 »
If you have a weak cat, I would definitely make sure he is fed majority -if not entirely- wet food. Many of the 4 and 5 star brands do  cat equivalents. In my opinion, cat's shouldn't be fed dry food, regardless of quality. Raw and home-cooked are great options too although I understand not always convenient.

Alternatively, you could try soaking the kibble in warm water (if he will eat it!), to make it easier on the kidneys and digestion.

Hope you have found a diet that works for you  :)

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Home cooking / Re: Let's talk about home cooked dog food
« on: Feb 26, 2016, 10:01 »
Anita

Great to hear someone putting so much care and attention into feeding their dog's. WELL DONE!

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Raw feeding / Re: Veterinary Times article on raw feeding
« on: Feb 25, 2016, 19:40 »
I cannot help but feel that many of the health problems mentioned in the article could easily be avoided if more vets were trained in raw diet formulation. I can understand why many oppose raw when they have seen animals die from related issues; but why not advise people how to feed a raw diet properly? If they don't agree with feeding whole bones, advise clients to feed ground bones instead, and ensure the diet they are feeding is correctly balanced. Or at least refer them to a clinical nutritionist who can help them. Vets are in a very high position of trust so they have the optimum chance to help people. I am not a preacher of raw feeding but I do think it can offer considerable benefits if fed correctly. I aim to help people feed the best diet they can whether that be wet, dry, raw, or cooked. If some one came to me wanting to feed raw, I would give them my view on the best ways to do so. It is all about education and, in my opinion, veterinary medicine does not give nutrition the attention it warrants.

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I have always soaked my dog's kibble in warm water to aid digestion and reduce dehydration risk. You get the convenience of kibble, with the added benefits of wet food. I would recommend it to everyone.

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