I like chicken, I like liver….

by statia on February 10, 2004

Yesterday’s entry on dog food could have gotten a bit heated. I’m glad that people can still have civil conversations without being assholes.

It wasn’t my intention to slam people who feed their dog, dog food. It’s like children. Every parent is different and what works for some, others might not work for another. It’s the same with dogs. It was my intention to get you to think about what you are feeding your dog. Just as you would your own body. Reading labels is important. I switched g-man because he was getting sick. I also did it because he had hip problems as well as a hip surgery. He wasn’t healing like he should. At that point, I just wanted my dog back, and I wanted him to be happy. I noticed a transformation in his coat, weight, healing process within a month. To me that was worth it. My vet is also pleased with his health and weight maintenance. Labs are notorious for being overweight. It’s hard to get them into shape for some reason.

This just works for us. It is a lot of work. I generally cook enough beef for five days, which is about as long as it’ll last in the fridge. On those off days, I’ll make him some eggs, or I will give him a can of wet food. He can also have more treats ( by treats I mean, just about anything that dogs are allowed to have, in moderation of course) on this diet it seems, without gaining weight.

The bottom line is that your dog/cat should be healthy and happy. I mean, that’s all we really want for our pets right?

There was also talk in the comments regarding the BARF diet. While, I everything I feed g-man is cooked, you can find more info on that here. Also, in contradiction, here’s another article. If you’re going to do the BARF diet. Know what you’re doing, and do your homework first.

If you’re interested in keeping your dog on dog food, Sphinxy found this great link for Flint River dog food. As well as Natura from Stinkerbell, via email.

{ 5 comments }

norm February 10, 2004 at 1:31 pm

Have you ever seen a cat that wasn’t happy? In my next life, I want to be a house cat.

stinkerbell February 10, 2004 at 2:25 pm

wow I got mentioned…. *shakes head in disbelief* this is so cool :)

thanks for fixing my spelling typo too :)

jay February 10, 2004 at 8:33 pm

I love talking about dogs and anything that involves them. I too am glad we could have civil converstations. I do like debating, I dont like argueing. People just need to remember to take what they read with a grain of salt because there are always two sides to the story.

I actually am all for the home cooked diet so anyone who can do it all the power to them. I can barely cook for myself never mind my dog. Although I have mixed in some stuff with his kibble when I felt zealous and I have a kick ass recipie for doggy meatloaf.

For anyone that is interested here is a link to a web site that list just about every dry dog food imaginable. It shows their ingredients, nutritional info, possible allergies and other stuff. There are actually quite a few foods on the list made with human grade products.
http://www.greatgoldens.com/reviews/dogcomp.htm

David February 10, 2004 at 9:06 pm

glad to hear your dog is doing well :)

Pamela February 11, 2004 at 4:01 am

My mother used to cook special for her dog, too. She used ground turkey, which is low in fat…
You are a good pet owner… *s*

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