Kibble isn't lethal, but grain free IS important.
Having said that, we did switch our B's from a good variety of kibble to fresh meat and bones/cartilage: where we live (Netherlands) there are several good brands of fresh meat in many varieties, and we supplement that with lamb ribs with meat, chicken, turkey and beef throats and the like, for additional nutrients and their chewing needs. From what I read it is a good practice to give about 5 different animals in a 2 week period, so they get everything they need. They also like vegetables (good fibers!) like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, cabbage. And a raw egg now and then.
Results: better coat, much less poop (about 40%) and much firmer. And possibly in the long run, less health problems.
Basically, it is no different from us humans: eat fresh (no processed foods), and eat what you were designed to eat - for dogs that is fresh meat (no matter what the kibble marketeers say). Strangely, many vets are against fresh meats.
What is interesting about these nutritional debates is that dogs actually adapted "to thrive on a diet rich in starch, relative to the carnivorous diet of wolves" ( http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v495/n7441/full/nature11837.html ) Dogs survived as scavengers for thousands of years, and yet now we think we need to feed them a precisely formulated diet, which must be carefully controlled and balanced. In fact, we worry more about what we feed our dogs than what we feed our kids! Up until the middle of the last century, most dogs were fed table scraps, and they did just fine. I'm vegetarian, so table scraps will not work for me. Accordingly, I feed a dehydrated diet, which is as convenient as kibble, but not so over processed. If I still ate meat, I would probably just feed him my leftover scraps, some veggies, and yes, some grain.
Table scraps really equal to pretty good food when you think about it…. people think that table scapes are "crap"... not so... look at what you/people are calling scapes.. it is really leftovers... for the most part.. so in the days when table scaps are/were given to the pets.. it was really pretty good stuff...so I disagree with people that say they fed table scrapes and that was not "good" stuff
…...it is really leftovers... for the most part.. so in the days when table scaps are/were given to the pets.. it was really pretty good stuff...so I disagree with people that say they fed table scrapes and that was not "good" stuff
Yes, precisely. The dog would eat what you eat. Maybe not the choicest cut of meat, but the trimmings. Nothing unhealthy about that. Dogs tended to eat what their masters ate, so in the North, for example, sled dogs would eat a lot of fish, or perhaps caribou, rabbits, etc. In Scotland, doubtless sheepdogs got their share of porridge, along with meat scraps and other veggies! Dinner plates scrapped into the dog's bowl is something I have seen often on farms…..with a few meaty bones thrown in.
I remember many years ago a vet saying not only COULD you share some of your own healthy food with your dog, that he thought you SHOULD. Keeping a dog confined to one taste when their taste buds make our ability a joke was just wrong… it was a way to really give them pleasure. Unless it is not good for them (ie chocolate etc) or I am too selfish to share (lobster)... they get a bite of nearly everything I eat. Hasn't made picky eaters, not fat, and I frankly feel better about sharing.
I second the Fromms! Loved it, the company is so transparent, easy to reach and very willing to help you with questions and concerns- so aside from being grain free and of good quality..its a win-win
I was forced to switch because Oakley has very specific dietary needs and unfortunately Fromms doesnt make a low protein, grain free option (I wish they did). Good Luck