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Took the dogs into the vet for a check up prior to our move and she commented on our dogs sparkling teeth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I told her they are on the BARF diet. Neither dog has ever had their teeth professionally cleaned and they are 7 and 8 years told.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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That must be so nice to hear. Way to go! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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how did your vet respond? I would be nervous to tell the my dog is on the BARF diet for fear of them trying to bully me and shame me into feeding kibble
 

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She just said she had some clients that also feed the BARF diet. I've told 3 different vets we feed BARF over the years and none were rude.
 

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I have gotten that from some vets. I usually respond with the "smile and nod" routine that I hear many use when given un-wanted parenting advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
It also helps that we've been feeding raw for 5 years now, so I can't be doing that bad of a job and I've gained some confidence along the way. I don't engage in the debate or try to convince them that I'm right and they're wrong. After the long "this is why it's dangerous, I don't recommend it" the speech usually ends with "well your dogs look great so you must be doing something right".
 

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I have the same philosophy as Ola, I won't debate it with them if they gave me a hard time. One of dogs was advised to be on Science Diet low protein rx food for life because he had a liver shunt that was treated with surgery. Reading the label was horrifying, it's basically all grains. He has been on BARF exclusively for about 4 years now and is in the best shape he's ever been in.
 
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