As I said:
Originally Posted by Rico'sAlice
Obviously you don't need to answer my questions, and you seem to be happy with your situation. But from a more general,a cademic argument POV I'm interested.
I am not personally invested it what you feed your dog. I was a having a more general discussion about raw, allergies,etc. Yes, you/your dog were the "case study" or whatever, but the point wasn't to tell you what you should be doing. I asked you questions, and then went on to discuss some wider issues. I was really unprepared for such an emotional reaction. I really don't know how to address that aspect of your posts.
Originally Posted by moonfirefaery
The apology doesn't help, especially after you compared my dog's diet to fast food.
What? I never even mentioned fast food, so I'm not sure what you mean. ?
|I'd much rather see an explanation of how to afford lamb and fish when I can barely afford to feed my own humans family chicken and how exactly I should feel if switching her to that more expensive raw diet of non-beef and non-poultry causes her to have another month-long triple-in-size ear infection.
I know nothing about your finances. I don't know what is available in your area I also don't know how much you pay for the kibble you buy. However, while I understand that it may be a significant factor to how you actually feed your dog IRL, it is completely irrelevant to the discussion of what your dog is capable of eating (or not eating).
You have failed to identify/mention any specific allergens so I have no idea if your dog is actually needs to avoid beef, or chicken, or anything specific. I have no idea what are her "safe" foods either as you did not answer my question about the ingredients in the kibble she is currently eating.
However, my point was really not trying to "diagnose" your dog or suggest what she would be able to eat. I was giving generalized examples of what dogs COULD be allergic to and what they COULD be fed as alternatives. For all I know your dog is allergic to ostrich!
Being on a raw diet or not is a separate issue from identifying and avoiding certain allergens. [of course for some OTHER dogs the issue was a specific additive, preservative, etc. in kibble and they could switch to almost any home made diet or a "natural" kibble and see improvement]
Obviously there are foods that your dog is allergic to that are not in the "hypoallergenic" kibble. But "hypoallergenic" kibble is not magic. There is nothing special about what it does contain- only what it does NOT contain.
[For a long time many were made of lamb and rice b/c they were uncommon ingredients so few dogs had allergies to them. However, people starter thinking they were "better" and feeding it as a matter of course and so some dogs built up allergies to the lamb& rice food. So then we go onto fish & potato, or rabbit& pea based kibble. etc. But if everyone feeds that then you get some dogs having an allergy to potatoes, rabbit, fish, etc.]
Dogs can be allergic to "hypoallergenic" kibble. In a universal sense it's kind-of a misnomer. The point is that it has ingredients that the average dog is unlikely to have eaten previously. It's just a matter of finding the food that does not contain any of the ingredients that your particular dog happens to be allergic to.
My only point is that THEORETICALLY one could
feed a specific home prepared diet that also avoided those allergens. ["Raw meat" or "meat" is not a specific food that one could be allergic to.]
An obvious place to start would be based on natural, whole versions of the primary ingredients in the kibble.
But again, that doesn't mean I am saying that is what you personally should do! You've figured out an option that works for you. Great. Although we are talking about your dog, the issue isn't really about you
. It's a discussion thread. If someone brings something up, then it is potential fodder for discussion. I was really only interested in sorting out the "facts of the case" and discussing what they meant. I have no business or interest in "approving" of what you do or not.
The real issue for me is in separating out what's involved with finding a diet on which your dog avoids allergic reactions from the debate of feeding raw versus feeding kibble as it is a separate set of determinants and for you to present them as the same muddles the more general discussion occurring on this thread.