I just received yet another email from a raw feeder whose dog is having symptoms of “allergies” and arthritis after feeding raw for 2 years, even under the supervision of a ‘homeopathic nutritionist’. I’m reminded of the problems my own dog had when I was feeding raw meat exclusively, including going deaf from chronic ear inflammation at age 9 after 8 years of being 100% raw. It was only after I stopped feeding meat every day (alternating with fasting and days where only plant foods were fed) that my dog stopped having health problems, including ear “infections”.
So many raw feeders are finding that their dogs still have issues even while they’re doing what they think is their absolute best feeding-wise. Feeding raw in the prey model (PMR) or BARF style is definitely an improvement over what most dogs get fed, especially if it is home-prepared, but at best it’s a half way point. Very young, active dogs may do well on all meat or nearly-all meat diets for a time. But invariably, as PMR or BARF fed dogs get older, they experience declining health in the form of decreased mobility, skin inflammation, tumors and worse.
This is because the products of modern animal agriculture (yes, even “grass fed” and “organic”) produce a great deal of waste in a dog’s body, and the body naturally loses some of its ability to eliminate wastes efficiently with age. More waste is produced by these foods than an older dog can effectively eliminate if he is fed raw meat everyday. This creates a backlog of waste, and this is the primary cause of disease.
The answer is not to abandon the raw diet completely, because dogs definitely need raw meat and bones in their diet. But things need to change as a dog ages, and owners who recognize this are the ones who are getting positive results, particularly the ones who come across my blog articles, book and Facebook group.
It goes without saying that those who learn the skills of proper feeding and dietary tweaking when their dogs are puppies never have issues to begin with, because they are already equipped to navigate the natural developmental changes that dogs go through as they age. However, it is never too late for a dog owner to discover the real underlying causes of his/her dog’s declining health and learn how to resolve it naturally with DIET ALONE. No vet, conventional or ‘holistic’, is taught this information. No canine nutritionist, no homeopath, no pet practitioner of any kind. And it’s easy to see why the pet sickness industry has no interest in either knowing or sharing this information. Once a dog owner is empowered with the information that really works, there is nothing to buy except FOOD. Real food, the kind in a regular grocery store, where people buy their own food. No products or services, no remedies, no supplements, no fancy oils, pastes or powders, and especially no drugs. Nothing except real food.
Every day in my Facebook group we are hearing success stories from people who tried literally everything else to resolve their dogs’ health issues and only got results when they tried the methods outlined in the book. If you’re having some challenges with your aging dog’s health, there is hope that s/he can regain the physical vigor s/he enjoyed as a young dog. It happens all the time when people change their diets for the better, and it happens to dogs, too.