Robyn wrote to ask if a certain site selling a report about Dog Food secrets was a credible siteWhen I started to research this, I discovered a number of similar sites, so I don’t want to single out a particular one. Knowing Google – you’ll see them all listed in the ads on this page – LOL.Without requesting and reading the report I cannot give you an absolute answer, but my feeling is that it is most likely a scam taking advantage of the recent scare over the recalled dog foods.
If you are concerned about the recalled foods, the AVMA is keeping a list of all foods for dogs and cats that have been recalled here. They also point out that while this list looks very long, in fact 98 percent of commercial dog food has been ruled perfectly safe. The FDA is now testing individual ingredients for the contaminants involved. Considering the reputable companies involved, I have a hard time believing this was done maliciously and on purpose. Instead it is an unfortunate incident resulting from an unanticipated effect of combining certain ingredients. It hardly makes sense for dog food manufacturers to endeavor to kill their customers dogs!Many dog breeders have long recommended natural foods, or even making your own dog food. I have made my own dog food in the case of a dog who had multiple severe food allergies, but I would not recommend it for the average layman.
However, if you are willing to put out the extra effort, you will find a great deal of information available online about the BARF diet, starting with Barfworld.com. This is a holistic, raw based diet developed by a veterinarian with a great deal of documentation and adherents, as well as products commercially available to make it as convenient as possible for you to provide this diet for your pet.
Not everyone has the time to make their own dog food. In that case, I would recommend a quality brand dog food. If you purchased your dog from a breeder, that breeder will certainly have some recommendations. You can also ask your vet what he recommends. Speaking from my own experience, I have raised many dogs on Purina products, supplemented with Bil-Jac frozen dog food and experienced very few health problems.You will get as many different recommendations as people you ask. The best person to tell you what is good for your dog is…your dog. If s/he is healthy, happy, with a shiny coat and clear eyes, a wagging tail and plenty of energy – there is your answer. If s/he is not, then you may want to consider a change in their diet.