Anyone who knows me will tell you I am passionate about dogs, particularly Labrador Retrievers. I am extremely selective in what I feed Molly, my black Lab. I long ago gave up on the general selection of dog food found in the grocery store. . . words like "animal by-products" really aren't acceptable to me in a list of ingredients. Several years back when there was a real scare in the dog food industry and dogs were dying in large numbers, I switched to homemade dog food, after carefully researching what should go into it. For awhile, I fed Molly a mixture of cooked brown rice, cooked chicken and raw grated carrots. At times I would include hard boiled eggs with the egg shell included (it adds calcium to the dog's diet) and fresh raw spinach.
After feeding her this for a number of weeks, I took her to the vet for her annual shots and spoke with him about what I was feeding her. He told me it is extremely difficult to get all the nutrients a dog needs in homemade dog food and that he didn't recommend this diet for more than several months. He also stated that during the dog food crisis, it was almost always a smaller breed of dog that died, that larger dogs, while they may have become ill, usually did not die.
It was about that time that I switched to Blue Buffalo dog food, again, after carefully doing research.
Molly has thrived on Blue Buffalo. But it has become quite expensive - $60 now for a large bag. From time to time, I include my homemade mix in her diet to make the Blue Buffalo go further.
Several years ago, I worked with a woman who raises Dobermans who had always fed a diet of raw food and bones. Well, now! That was a hard one for me to accept!
Enter Lois, From Lois' Hands. Find her blog to the right of your screen in my Blog List. She has two Labs and both are active in Agility competition. Her dogs are fed a raw food and bones diet. They are obviously doing quite well.
She pointed me towards reputable information on this kind of diet and I am busy learning as much as I can about it. I checked with the farmer where I buy all my meat and eggs. He can supply me with raw bones and will even give me a sample in my next order so that I can try it.
I'll keep you posted on how far I get with this new idea. Meanwhile, I would be interested in hearing from any of my readers who feed this kind of diet to their dogs.
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