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The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

About a year ago I hit the roommate jackpot.  Not just once, but twice.  My friend, Janice, needed to rent a room out in her house and asked me if I was interested.  I wasn’t happy where I was living so I decided to give it a go.

Turns out it was a great move.  Not only is Janice a great roommate but shortly after I moved in she brought in another great roommate as well.

Here’s a pic from the first night I met Lipton.

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

Yes, Lipton like the tea.  Janice said her milky white coat reminded her of the color of the Lipton tea that her recently deceased husband used to drink daily.

Here’s a few more pics of her first few months:

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

What a cutie, huh?

I grew up with golden retrievers, three of them to be exact so I have a serious soft spot for them.  They trigger some child-like quality in me that I sometimes have to remind myself is not inherent in all human beings (which I don’t fully comprehend). 

I mean seriously, how can anyone not love a golden retriever?  What is it about their gentle and playful nature, their golden coats and big, floppy ears that is not to love? Let’s just say if there were no societal mores, I’d go up to every golden retriever I came across,  squish its ears in my hands, bury my head in its furry face and willingly accept whatever big sloppy wet dog kisses it wanted to give me.

For the first few weeks and months, everything was great with Lipton.

Except for one thing.

Commercial Dog Food

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

This is what Lipton was eating.  Grain-based, highly processed dried commercial dog food.  All three dogs I grew up with ate this sort of stuff. 

And all three experienced health problems at an early age.

The first, Taune, had thyroid problems and died at age 9.  The second, Misty, lost all her vitality by age 5 and the last, Cody, developed cataracts around age 1. Misty and Cody both died at age 11.

And while I can’t say all of their issues were united by commercial dog food, I suspect there was a strong correlation.  Because what did unite them all were two specific things and both of those things I started to see early on in Lipton.

The first was a very dry coat.  And the second was a lack of interest in their dry food. 

The latter in particular was something I vividly remember at the end of Cody’s life.  I’m pretty sure all three of our dogs ate a popular grain-based dried kibble called Science Diet.  If there were truth in advertising this crap would’ve been called The-Not-So-Science Diet.  

Cody would stand listlessly over his bowl, look disgustedly at his food, and know he had no choice but to eat it.

One night on a hunch I mixed in some canned beef broth as an experiment.  Probably not the best quality broth but those were in my pre-real food days.

Boy did he light up.  He slurped that broth down with all the enthusiasm of a ravenous young puppy.  

But I wasn’t going to convince my father to change his diet nor do I blame him.  It’s just what the vet recommended.  Heck I wasn’t completely convinced myself.  My beef broth experiment was just a brief, sneaking suspicion, one that passed as quickly as my trips home from college in those days.

The Eerie Parallels

Since I’ve started living with Lipton, I’ve been doing some research on commercial dog food.  Not surprisingly, the parallels between modern-day commercial dog food and modern-day commercial human food are eerily similar. 

Much like modern humans abandoned their traditional diets, so did they abandon their pets’ natural diets in favor of processed pet food.  And just like with human food, clever marketing by the highly profitable pet food industry has convinced us that cheap, dried kibble is a suitable diet for our pets.  And just like most doctors are uninformed when it comes to human nutrition, most vets are woefully uninformed about pet nutrition.  And just like modern humans, pets are experiencing higher and higher rates of chronic, degenerative disease.  

The best analogy I can think of is to think of dried commercial dog food as the equivalent of dried human cereal.  Imagine if you were forced to eat dried cereal every day for the rest of your life.  I imagine you’d wind up with some serious nutritional deficiencies and some serious health problems.   

Try the BARF Diet

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.When I expressed my concern about Lipton’s diet to my friend Eric, who is also a great dog trainer, he suggested I read The BARF Diet.  No, it’s not what you think.  BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.  It’s kind of like Nourishing Traditions for pets.  When you read it, little light bulbs start going on.  Because as much as it’s grounded in science, it’s also grounded in COMMON SENSE. 

It’s a great book and even better, it’s only around one hundred pages as well.  Click here to see it on Amazon.

The premise is that dogs are supposed to eat what they would eat in Nature which is raw foods – meat, bones and even some fruits and vegetables.

Not exactly rocket science.

And one thing you would definitely not find any dog ever eating in Nature is grains.  Grains make up a large percentage of dried commercial dog food.  Why?  The same reason grains make up a large portion of human junk food  – because they’re cheap.  

Nor would you ever find a dog eating canola or soybean oil.  Or propylene glycol.  Or corn syrup.  Or artificial colors. Or any of the other poor quality ingredients they put in commercial dog food.

Yup, they put the same crap in commercial dog food that they put in human food.

Feed Your Dog Human Food

I’m not talking about pizza and pop tarts but rather the food you eat that a dog would eat in Nature.  Turns out, there’s quite a bit in common.  And it turns out that this is supremely better for dogs than the dried kibble that passes as dog food to the majority of dog-owning Americans.

Go figure.

In fact, human food is exactly what my friend Eric feeds his dog.  Whatever he and his wife eat, the dog eats.

The Most Unscientific Experiment Ever Done

Take away everything you think you know about food.  And just tune it to your taste buds.  Now imagine you’re in a fancy restaurant.  The waiter gives you two dishes.  One, a dried bowl of cereal.  The next, a porterhouse steak in a red wine demi-glace over a bed of goat cheese mash potatoes topped with grilled asparagus (or whatever floats your taste buds boat).

Which would you choose?

So when I found out you could buy commercially prepared raw dog food at the store, I decided to do a similar experiment with Lipton.

And I actually took a video with my iPhone when Lipton was 5 months old.

I gave her a bowl of her dried food next to the raw food to see which she would eat first.  Now I know this is not a very scientific experiment.  In fact, I would say it’s one of the most unscientific experiments ever done.  But perhaps there’s some common sense-visual value to it.  And I guarantee your dog would have the same reaction if he/she was given a choice. 

Here’s what Lipton chose:

Now as much as I’d love to say that Lipton is now eating raw food, unfortunately, she’s not.  She’s actually still eating dried food.

Next time, I’ll tell you why and give you some tips what to do when a raw food diet is just not possible.

To read part II, click here.

In the meantime, be sure to pick up a copy of The Barf Diet so you can learn how to stop feeding your dog commercial dog food.  Because when your dog gets real dog food, he/she will be so much happier and healthier over the long run.  

The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

Click here to learn more about The Barf Diet.

Finally, share your experience in the comments below.  What do you feed your dog and why?


The parallels between modern dog food and human food are eerily similar. Learn the truth about commercial dog food and how to feed your dog real dog food.

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  1. Thank you for a great article. I have fed my dogs real food for about 20 years and enjoyed the health and tremendous benefits that resulted. They smell better, have clean teeth and coats, and good health and digestion. Our old friend, Ranger, is a collie mix (about 75 lbs today) who just celebrated his 16th birthday. In fact, it was the benefits of feeding the dogs real food that awakened me to the possibilities for humans and took me down the GAPS/Paleo path. Once you experience the benefits and pleasure of real food, it makes complete sense. I still have a place in my heart for my Golden Ret, Bonnie–great breed.

  2. We stopped feeding the dog dog food…accidentally. We just ran out, so we gave him eggs and leftover sweet potatoes that night, thinking we’d make it to the pet food store the next day. But we didn’t, so the next night we gave him something from the kitchen again. And so on. A few months later, here we are. We never did get around to buying another bag of dog food, and it makes sense to us this way: dogs evolved alongside humans, who were certainly not hauling home 30-lb bags of kibble from the pet store!

    It’s working for us, and for him. (He’s a golden retriever mix, about 11 years old, about 45lbs.) We’d have loved to get him on an all-raw diet long ago, but that’s out of reach for us (we have a heap of kids, jobs, other pets, etc.). This is simple and do-able. We aim to give him only reasonably dog-appropriate food, like lamb bones when we eat chops, leftover chicken, eggs, occasional vegetables, scrapings from the many dinner plates. Now and then he gets some rice or oats with stock poured over when we don’t have anything better to offer.

    We were just marveling last night at how this has worked out. We’ve eliminated the cost of dog food (which is pretty obviously the canine equivalent of Cheetos, even if you spring for the fancier brands) in favor of feeding the dog straight from the kitchen with what would otherwise have been scrap, compost, or fodder for the chickens/ducks (who are doing just fine on a wee bit less).

    This guy is pretty special to me. I’ve had him for ten great years, and he’s been through it all with me. I want him to live as good and long a life as possible. You can add my n=1 data to your “unscientific” experiment: he definitely prefers his new variety-filled diet!

  3. Thanks for addressing the dietary needs of dogs, who are an important part of a huge percentage of families. I will add that I too LOVE golden retrievers and own a 2 year old golden myself. I have fed my dog both raw and kibble foods and agree that dogs far prefer raw and seem to do better on it as well. Right now my dog is on a wheat, soy, and corn-free kibble that is all natural and low in grains. Not the best choice, but it is a temporary compromise. While on kibble, I like to occasionally supplement her diet with raw organ meats.

  4. Just wondering about proper nutrition for pets when it comes to homemade food. I’ve heard of many animals suffering nutrient/vitamin deficiencies due to pet parents not feeding a balanced homemade diet. Stories of dogs losing hair/fur or dogs with brittle bones that break easily because a pet parent decided to take their four-legged kids nutrition into their own hands (with the best of intentions, of course)only to cause irreparable damage because they did not educate themselves on their pets proper nutrition. Does anyone know of a good resource for this? I’d love to feed my “kids” homemade food but this is a huge concern for me.

    • Hi Sonia,

      The BARF book I mentioned is a good starting point. Also, Dr. Karen Becker is good. You can find her at healthypets.mercola.com.


    • Sonia,

      Along with the BARF diet, there’s also Dr. Pitcairn’s – Complete Guide To Natural Health For Dogs & Cats which is one of the books that started a lot of the healthier/homemade dog food diet popular. He was a vet for a number of years then moved to a more holistic approach.

      Another book I found helpful was Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs by Lew Olson, PhD.

      I had a third book by another vet, but I can’t seem to find it to get the title for you. If I do find it, I’ll try to remember this thread.

      All the best,

    • Susanne says:

      I had a wonderful vet for many years who completely approved of feeding our dog what we ate as long as it was fairly balanced. The one thing he did request was that we add a canine vitamin to take up any slack.

    • the balance of nutrients needed is 80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ and you should feed at least 3 protein sources. you can do the balance over the course of a couple weeks.

      heart is a muscle meat!! organs are liver, kidney, pancreas, adrenals, brain – for organ % most do kidney one week & liver the next and throw in the others as they can get them (they’re not real commonly available in most stores these days).

      all bones from chicken/duck/rabbit are fine for dogs, bones from larger animals (cow, goat, sheep)
      should be limited to breast bones (and maybe spine) as the leg bones tend to be too dense for them to chew through (unless it’s a really huge breed, that is). some animals need a higher % of bone and others less than the 10% benchmark – you just go with the flow and adjust it as you see there’s a need for it.

      always give a minimum of 3 protein sources – a poultry, a red meat and then either an additional of one of those (say chicken and duck) or do something like fish or rabbit for the third. you can also give more protein sources, too.

      supplementing vitamins isn’t really necessary if you’ve got the balance down properly. you can check to be sure everything is where it should be by having blood testing done yearly.

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  5. I LOVE this! It’s true that almost all the commercial dog kibble out there (and most canned dog food too) is basically processed junk and inappropriate for a dog’s digestive system. I have researched this subject of dog food for years, having had a very high-energy pure bread dog that was training for Search & Rescue, and now with our current dog that we brought home from a shelter with debilitating digestive issues. In the quest to heal our dog Dixie, we tried literally hundreds of different combinations of food & supplements. We finally found the perfect combination for her that includes a home-made vegetable mix, gluten-free soaked oatmeal, and alternating days of wild salmon & New Zealand lamb. We actually tried feeding Dixie raw food at first, but she wouldn’t eat it. She still to this day won’t touch raw meat, but she gets so excited to eat her breakfast and dinner that she drools and wags her tail at every meal – and has been doing this for that last 5 years! My husband and I are amazed at how shiny her coat is, how much boundless energy she has every day, and how she continues to get so excited about eating her food! We also give her snacks & treats the we eat as well: home made raw-milk yogurt, raw carrot slices, apples from our back yard tree, spoonful’s of ghee, butter, coconut oil, and coconut milk! She also gets freeze dried liver & fish treats and dried sweet potato treats! So far while on this diet for the last 5 years, she has had no digestive issues! I do want to point out that many dogs are able to adjust to eating some forms of grain, and many dogs (like ours) need the carbohydrates to maintain a healthy weight. When we were feeding Dixie just protein & veggies, she could not gain weight, and was simply too thin. Once we started feeding her the soaked oats, she immediately put on weight and now maintains the perfect weight for her size and energy level. Now, if we could just find a Magic Kitchen Genie that would make her food each week for us…! 🙂

  6. I read about the BARF diet when my cairn terrier was around 13 years old. He had problems with his coat, and hormonal imbalance, infections that wouldent heal etc. He did not tolerate it – he threw up all the time! Maybe he was too old for introducing, and too sick. From when he was around 6 years old, I started giving him the usual expensive brands, but in the hypoallergenic version (all protein smashed to pieces, so the immune system do not react to it). He lived until he was 19, and no more infections, hair falling out and cortisol injections.
    If I ever have a dog again, it will be BARF!! Our cats eat so many mice in the summer anyway, maybe more than half their diet..

  7. Monique Trahan says:

    I learned about Dr. Billinghurst’s BARF diet from a dog trainer in my first dog Gunnar’s puppy kindergarten class. He was about the same age as yours in the video, 5 months. he was skinny as a rail, extremely underweight, and would back away from his food. Four different vets found nothing wrong with him other than his congenital heart defect, which was to be corrected by surgery the following week.

    The trainer suggested a raw diet, and I reacted negatively. “Haven’t you heard of salmonella and e.coli?” was my response. She patiently told me to get the book and handed my pup a freeze-dried raw liver treat from her bag. His reaction to that treat was what convinced me. It was as if he’d seen real food for the first time in his life (since he was weaned from his mama, thatis.)

    I started him on raw chicken wings and he gained a pound a week post surgery until he was up to normal weight. He stopped having diarrhea and loved mealtimes. We feed both dogs in a plastic airline crate….we discovered early on that they will bury food that they want to save for later, and in the house, the only suitable place for burying snacks is in the couch cushions! Blech!

    Now the dogs get cheap chicken backs, and twice a week they get some greens and kefir or yogurt or raw goat’s milk in the VitaMix along with a half a carrot. I used to put apple in there, too, but a holistic vet told me the sugar in the fruit was causing a build-up of tartar. Tartar is unusual on a raw diet.

    Dental work makes up a HUGE percentage of the income of veterinarians today. Corn/grain based foods will cause this, as well as all the same diseases that are epidemic with humans, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Good for you for going raw!

  8. Yes, I am sure that all of the veterinarians (myself included) push “grain-based foods” so that they can continue to do dental work and make a HUGE amount of money! We also really love seeing patients with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer so that we can become RICH! This is all sarcastic of course. Most of us actually are doing this because we enjoy helping animals and their families. Many of us are still struggling to pay large college loans for decades after graduating. If you want to feed a raw diet, that is your choice, but please think before you imply that we are a greedy profession. You may really need one of us someday!!

  9. Mark Shields says:

    In regards to the previous reply, I don’t see where Craig bashed vets for being greedy, rather they are (as a whole) way under-informed on proper pet nutrition, just like most regular doctors are woefully out-of-date on human nutrition. It’s not a knock, it’s an observation, and one that is killing our pets.

    That said, we have/had 2 Great Danes… after our 1st got Lymphoma I really dug into pet nutrition (was feeding Orijen kibble at the time) and discovered the idea of raw feeding, which makes so much sense. Anyways, it was uber expensive for such a big dog (fed the same in your vid), but at the time I was desperate to help her…

    Now, we have just the one Great Dane, and feeding the commercial raw would be extremely expensive, so we still stick with Orijen…would love to switch him, but it would be over $200/month for the raw…

    Looking into doing it myself, doesn’t seem like it would be that much cheaper considering he needs about 3.5#s per day.

    • FYI my reply was in regards to the previous poster, not the original poster.

    • You can feed raw for way cheaper than Orijen if you can find a local co-op and order in bulk!

    • but would your dog need 3.5#s of RAW food? My dog is 85 pounds and he eats about 1 lb meat and 1/2 to 3/4 lb veggies. Organic carrots at costco are $5 for 10 lbs. Sweet potatoes $1/lb. Chicken is about $1.30/lb. Averages to about $1/lb! You can do it!

  10. Susan E. Roth says:

    My pets get a mix of dry food – that is GRAIN Free plus the dog gets beef marrow bones ( raw) and one of the cats and the dog get raw chicken legs besides. They get organ meats when I make them. I have one other cat who is 17. She has the worst condition with her thyroid. She ate science diet ( I totally agree with you-what a dupe that food is) and temtations to get her to take meds. The first meds were for a skin condition, that I know know was from the grain based food. The new meds are to keep her alive becuase her thyroid has been compromised from the years on the grain diet. The other car, 16, is healthier because he always was a hunter and supplemented his own diet, but now he has thyroid problems. OH and there is NO getting pills of any kind in him, no hiding in food. I am probably going to have to get a skin application for him. I am hoping that our pup, that has been raised on good dry food plus real food will not have the problems so many of my other pets did. Thanks again for a great post!

  11. Christine says:

    Hello! Thank you for writing this series – I own a holistic pet supply store in Portland OR, and we love raw food. After seeing it clear up many health problems for our own pets and hundreds of our customers’ pets, we will always feed raw to our own pets. All pets of course benefit from the addition of whole foods to their diets, but cats especially need a raw food diet – over and over again we see older cats who are so very skinny and old looking make a complete turnaround on raw food, and it makes so much sense. Think of the many many thousands of feral cats out there – what are they eating right now? Meat, bone, organ, moisture. Dry food diets without critical moisture and too many carbs have caused an incredible spike in kidney and UT disease in cats, as well as obesity. It’s a travesty that the AVMA has come out against the safety of raw food diets – the worst part was that they did this the very same week that Diamond Foods shut down an entire manufacturing facility due to Salmonella problems that made at least 49 pet owners sick (a number of them hospitalized) and issued recalls on all of the brands they make there – nothing like this has ever happened in the commercial raw food category. If vets were truly worried about safety, they should be warning about the incredible numbers of natural treats, chews, and kibbled dog foods that have been recalled every year – I wish I could include the very long list here – I’ve been keeping track for the past several years (last week alone had more than 50 products from 7 brands of pet treats were recalled due to Salmonella problems). Commercial raw foods are under quite the magnifying glass, overall resulting in incredibly clean facilities, careful sourcing and testing of product, and we don’t see these sort of widespread problems with raw. If people don’t have access or resources to afford commercial raw foods, it’s not hard to make your own, and then you really do have control over every ingredient and its quality. Craig – I hope that you might include these 2 amazing resources for people who want to make their own: http://www.dogaware.com/diet/homemade.html – This woman writes most of the food articles for the Whole Dog Journal, and outlines some great guidelines for making your own petfood safely. On this page is also a link to her articles reviewing diet books and their recipes – very valuable for someone wanting to pick a safe a balanced diet book. The cat link I give out a lot is by Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM:
    Thanks again for doing this – I know you have a great audience that cares a lot about choosing good foods for themselves and their whole families!

  12. I agree with a lot of this. Our dog is quite sensitive to many different foods. We have only found one food that doesn’t make her throw up, and it’s a combination of two different (but healthy) dog foods. I can’t agree with the video. I know there’s the unscientific disclaimer, but it’s based solely on taste. Give your average American some fried chicken and they will probably tell you it tastes good. Doesn’t mean it’s good for them. A taste test isn’t a good judge of the healthiness of something.
    Last, but not least, Lipton is absolutely adorable.

  13. This is all very interesting! We ourselves have been moving more and more to a real food diet. We are very careful about the type of kibble that we buy for our 11 year old dog and we like “Taste of the Wild”. So does he. It’s grain free, made with bison and venison and fortified with fermented extracts and a lot of vitamins. He does get table scraps and on occasion bones. We also put a teaspoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar on his food a few times a week. We too did an experiment with that. We put down bowls with and without the vinegar. He always eats the vinegar bowl first!
    I will be researching this and start supplementing his dry food with lots of other yummy, healthy stuff. Thank you for the series!

  14. I cringe when people joke about their dog trying to “steal” their food. In reality, the dog is starving and being poisoned by commercial dog food. Far from being cute, it’s very sad.

    Eating is one of the joys of life for all beings. To deprive an animal companion of the normal ability to eat food – real food, not dried cereal day after day – is inhumane and worse.

    But we don’t realize it because we’re all brainwashed by the big corporations that sell this crap as food. When something seeps so deeply into the culture, as “dog food” has, we don’t even question it.

    I hope we all begin to question the cultural norms. Our health, and that of our pets, depends on it.

  15. I constantly spent my half an hour to read this webpage’s posts every day along with a cup of coffee.

  16. Hi Craig

    Do you have or anyone have any ides which brand sells prey model raw diet? It is similar to BARF except that BARF treats dogs as omnivores while PMR opines they are CARNIVORES. PMR do not carries grains, fruits & vegetables.


  17. Renee Phillips says:

    Like you I started out feeding my dog Lily, regular dry food. We started our journey to real food for her when she developed an allergy to GRASS. yes. GRASS! She wasn’t even a year old when she first started breaking out in hives and welts and lost all the hair on the underside of her body including her tail. Because her skin was raw and open and itchy with scabs she got skin infections and so the vets just kept putting her on round after round of prednisone and antibiotics. The only other option they gave me was allergy shots 2x a week for 3 years. It was starting to look like we were going to have to move to the desert. After a lot of research and a book called “Food Pets Die For” ( which is an excellent read ) I took Lily to an off kilter vet who did Chinese medicine and acupuncture for pets. What a difference! It didn’t happen over night but with a grain-free-whole-food diet and some common sense Lily’s reactions started to tame down. She even tolerated weekly acupuncture treatments. Now, 5 years later we made it through the whole summer this year with just one occurrence of some pink skin. No hives, welts or hair loss. I always encourage people to choose real food for their pets. It is so easy and makes such a big difference. They give the best of themselves to their owners and deserve to get the same back.

  18. I am not arguing with your article, but my dogs lived long healthy lives on dry food with some left overs thrown in. They spent most of their time outdoors, and went on at least three to four long, fast walks with us each week. I think the exercise is just as important. My present dog needs to avoid most grains and high proteins due to sensitive stomach and skin, so I feed him dry food made with chicken and peas and sweat potatoes.

  19. I love this! I recently started feeding my dog natural balance food, made grain-free for dogs with allergies and restricted diets. To be honest, I had been feeding my dog $50/bag food to begin with because I knew that a lot of brands aren’t good for dogs. I didn’t switch to the grain-free type of food until I found out Griz was allergic to dairy and rice. The food he was on was lamb and rice, so no wonder he had bad, smelly gas ALL the time and was constantly itchy and dandruff-filled. Since the change (and I know it’s not the raw food spoken of here, but still WORLDS better than the rest of the dry foods out there) I’ve noticed that hardly ever does his gas actually have smell (before he could clear the room with the slightest pass) and his coat is shiny and silky with what most labs have to soften skin and make them water-resistant called lanolin. Before, there was no sign of the lanolin my dogs growing up had, and he was constantly scratching here or there.
    Yet another issue Griz had was pancreatitis, which I was told had nothing to do with a food allergy, but I have yet to be convinced. He has yet to have another problem like this, and after doing some research, I’m pretty sure his inability to process proteins, thus causing pancreatitis, may have had to do with the over abundance of grains in his diet, especially grains he was allergic to. He’s now eating venison and sweet potato, and had never been healthier or happier. Thank you for bringing this to light!

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  21. I have fed raw for decades, but now I have two 7 lb dogs and even with a raw diet they are getting tarter build up on their teeth. Any suggestions? They eat bravo, Or Darwin’s with occasionally added veg, egg, goat yogurt, fish, fish oil, and they have salmon skin chews. Any suggestions for their teeth? Thank you.

  22. I just started to feed my poodle human food with dog food to start her slowly I was told by a woman who was a breeder that my dog was starving to death and to feed her human food well I just started but what about diarrhea right now my poodle hasn’t had diarrhea but her poop are very tiny hoping it will change.

    Thank you

  23. CP is breezy yo says:

    I have 4 dogs. 3 labs and 1 chihuahua and all of them get fed what we eat or I’ll cook up a mighty tasty dish. Kibble no matter how pricey is just not gonna cut it for an animal to thrive over a 10-20 year period. It’s ridiculous how some owners force animals/ pets to spend their entire lives eating the same thing (shit) meal after meal and proclaiming they’re healthy. It’s more like “they’re lazy”! It’s easier to stop at the store and grab a bag of food for a month and scoop it at mealtime than actually make something healthy for a pet. My dogs are happy and healthy and i don’t and would never engage in buying Kibble from these fraudulent commercialized “big business” companies.

  24. Marguerite says:

    I feed Doc’s Stew (google it). I do sometimes have to use commercial dog food, but I keep it to a minimum.

    Part of the reason I feed Doc’s stew is because of something you are probably unaware of. There was a large observational study done a while back in an effort to determine the cause(s) of bloat. There were lots of findings and the data was published regularly. My information (secondhand) is that the lead researchers ended the study before all the enrolled dogs died because they knew they would not be able to publish their conclusions. They came to a firm belief that the biggest risk factor causing bloat was dry dog food. You can email me to find out what I learned, as I don’t wish to get either one of us sued.

    In addition to that, I ran into a period of time where I was dealing with chronic diarrhea in my two dogs, even though they were not on a commercial diet. After 2 months, I ran into the recipe for Doc’s stew and 36 hours later, every thing was coming out fine.

    I tried briefly to transition my dogs to a raw diet, but a $1700 vet bill from a chicken leg swallowed whole put an end to that. When my dogs get bones, they are either too large to swallow or they are ground or cooked until they are soft enough to squish between my fingers.

  25. Antoinette M Piatt says:

    Thankyou for sharing your experiences ! I took all of my cats and dogs off of DRY kibble over 2 years ago….what a wonderful out come! Their coats are beautiful and they smell better. i agree totoally about the “grain” obsession with this economy. It’s so cheap they stick unnecessary ingredients to stretch and preserve the products. I have been happy with buying chickens, serving the pieces both frozen ( as chickensickles in the summer) and cooked. I have so many animals that I do still use canned foods but I supplement them with healthy add ins. I would rather pay for GOOD FOOD than make my vet rich! And don’t get me started on that immoral sales duo! The vets are turning a blind eye to the quality of food they are selling for profit!

  26. Michel Margarita says:

    As we care for our dog, we should not feed them low quality food. Our company produces the best for your pap.

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