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<a href="http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2005/10/15/build/wyoming/40-dog-food.inc" target="_blank">Nice to see a mostly possitive reporting on a non-mainstreem way of feeding ones pets!</a><br><br>
[/QUOTE] "The more he experimented with it, the more he realized processed foods were causing most of the degenerative conditions that were existing in the animals he was treating," Mueller said.[/QUOTE] <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">And dried food components are cooked, which destroys enzymes and other "life-enhancing factors" that promote health.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Veterinarian Dr. T.J. Dunn said he made the same observations in his northern Wisconsin practice, which is why he feeds raw foods to his dogs, and recommends the diet to clients.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Horsch also observed uncooked foods may carry parasites, and suggests "go look at the wolves in Yellowstone and tell me how long they last. They're not around for 16 years, and they end up picking up parasites from the things they eat."</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> uh the big dif. is that our pets are under some form of health care whereas those wolves are not.
 

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Pros and Cons of raw diets is controversal.<br><br>
Howevere there are pros and cons about dog food as well:<br><br>
1. Preservatives and dyes<br>
2. Can attribute to allergies<br>
3. Made from byproducts which can be anything from roadkill to feathers<br>
4. May not have the proper nutrients for dog's special needs.<br><br>
5. Good points can be that it is pre made and convenient to feed and store.<br>
6. It is precalculated with the nutrients added back into food.<br>
7. It can be vet prescribed....vets know the pet foods better<br><br><br>
Raw diet:<br><br>
1. Foods can carry parasites so proper food handling is reccommended.<br>
2. You can use human grade raw diet/ which parasites are unlikely.<br>
3. It needs to be caculated and planned out at first<br>
4. It should be regulated to the individual dog/animal's needs.<br>
5. Digestions can be challenged and they may need probiotics.<br>
6. Supplements may need to be added.<br>
7. Storage can be a challenge...with large animals, especially.<br>
8. It can be very expensive.
 
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