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It’s true that dogs live longer, but whether it is due to kibble, is big area of debate. Conversely, it can be also be argued that this increase in lifespan is due to the improved medical care that our beloved dogs and cats receive in today’s modern world. In our minds, this concept is rather misleading, as we are of the opinion that our fur kids are living longer today because of improved social status and advances in medical care. “Back in the day” dogs were not considered the valuable family members and companions they are today. Dogs were left outside to brave the elements. They were guardians of house, possessions, and livestock. Dogs had a purpose, a job, and when they could not do that job, they were retired or disposed of. Medical care for dogs was scant and typically unimportant, as more prestige was gained from being a livestock vet than a canine vet. Very little notice was given to the dog’s health if it could still do what was asked of it. Canine kids’ longevity and quality of life has been decreasing for many breeds since the advent of processed grain-based food. People who remember the “old days” when dogs were fed raw meaty bones often report their dogs living well through their late teens. Nowadays it is a “miracle” and a testament to the “excellent nutrition” the fur kid must have received, and vets and commercial pet food companies claim this “miracle” as occurring often enough to become “commonplace”. Too bad most of the vets who remember the good old days have now retired or even moved on.
In our opinion, this myth has been perpetuated by McKibble and McCan to discourage pet parents from fooding real food. The truth is that some commercial feed can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer, and allergies or allergic reactions, such as skin rash. Additionally, store bought, or veterinarian sold, kibble can include a long list of ingredients that are not so healthy for your pets. Many dry dog feed contain animal by-product (waste), otherwise known as the waste items humans won’t or shouldn’t eat, as well as grain or grain by-products (waste), such as corn meal or wheat. These by-products can contribute to health problems for your pet because they are not part of their natural diet. Unfortunately, feed manufactured in other countries, especially Asian countries, can contain other harmful ingredients, which can be very hazardous to your pet’s health. Read the Raw Feeding Veterinary Societies (RFVS) opinion on this topic, titled WSAVA Problem 3 Nutritional Deficiency and Excess (https://rfvs.info/rfvs-position-statement-2019/).
In our minds, this truly is a fad that is designed to take unknowing pet parents’ money and make a big profit. The idea that Salukis should have mostly goats’ milk, dates, and only a tiny amount of meat because there is hardly any meat in the region they come from, is rather preposterous. These claims fail to consider that all dogs have the same internal anatomy and physiology and the same nutritional needs despite size and breed. For example, view the different skulls of dogs; all of them have the same kinds of teeth that dictate carnivore. If we look at this further from a practical, common sense point of view, we are faced with a powerful question: What about mutts? If dogs have “evolved” in that short time period to eat only the foods from the regions in which they were developed, then what do you feed a dog that has a variety of different dogs contained in its heritage? Most of the time people can only guess what breeds of dogs contributed to their loving pet, and if dogs had to be fed a designer diet, they would be at a loss for what to feed it. Thankfully, canine heritage and nature herself point to the proper answer: feed a raw natural diet.