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Trevor   oklahoma city, Oklahoma

1/16/2014 5:15:30 AM

Wild dogs/wolves have to cook their food in the wild to survive.

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lyle   austin, Texas

12/2/2013 3:29:04 PM

Dogs have short digestional tracts and are intended to consume easily broken down diets. Cooked foods are harder for them to break down, and most dog food has some kind of persevative in it. If your dog is on a constant cooked and or, dog food diet you are not doing your best friend any justice. Right now my girls eat raw venison nearly ever friday, saturday, and sunday, and have done so for over 5yrs now. I also give them raw leg bones with fur and all on them. At least, they are enjoying what they are consuming, and not being lead a life of a routine persevative induced diet.

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nathaniel   Birmingham, International

11/12/2013 6:04:38 PM

I get compliments alot from looking or stroking my dog. They all ask what you feeding her raw meat diet regular response no way or get out of here. I think people rely on vets the world is and always will be run money over people. They have the cure for aids for atleast over 10 years or so but give you those back up anti viral drugs. Wolfs are carnivores, goats are omnivores and so a rabbit. A lion is a carnivore so why should I deny my pitbull a natural diet and dogs are carnivores ask your vets commercial feeders see how honest your vet is or yiu only get a honest response when vet bill comes. Im in the uk I fed her on commercial but found they put dead horses, road kill, animal they put down no wonder dogs get cancer so much for perservatives and healthy balance diet they promise. Then they found horse meat in our beef made supermarket products oh what a surprise no wonder people get cancer dont panic our health system is free experiment on us. No vet on the planet can tell me nothink they are surgeons not nutritionist. We either visit a surgeon or nutrionist oh a vets both guess he can help in relationships aswell. Vets harfly get nutrionist experience I rest my case.

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robert   LaQuinta, California

7/26/2013 6:20:18 PM

i think Dr. Geller and most vets profit from dog's eating canned food. Think about it. It's kinda like Doctors and the pharmaceuticals, they don't want to cure you cause they would go broke & lose a lot of money. I've heard dog food companies aren't regulated like our food is so it allows the greedy to use the cheapest quality meat & filler's and then they overcook it to make it safe for humans to handle but over cooking it robs the vitamins & nutrients out of it. And we all know diet has everything to do with health. So far i've heard nothing but good things from people who feed their dog raw meat, I heard about one dog that lived to be 27 yrs old on a raw meat diet! I think canned dog food companies share a symbiotic relationship with veterinarians that have a lot less to do with health and everything about money (not all veterinarians of course)

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some-people-are-stupid   Justin, Texas

7/25/2013 1:36:50 AM

oh boy vic you really are clueless all raw meat has parasites event he store bought. only fully cooked meat is parasite and bacteria free


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vic   hinesville, Georgia

6/24/2013 3:14:45 AM

I am disturbed by the vet's belief that raw meat "often" contains parasites. What kind of raw meat does he think we give our pets? I only feed raw meats purchased through reputable grocers, and if they are parasite riddled as he suggests then we all have trouble. And not everyone eats their own meat well done. My steaks are frequently cooked and eaten by me rare. Am I in big health trouble too?

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leslie   new york, Alabama

5/20/2013 8:55:40 AM

think of it this way,if we never use to have dogs as pets how would they eat?back o the wolf,see wolfs are dogs but are normally whiled,and what do the feed on? raw meat,so there is no problem feeding your dog raw meat it natural once their body gets use to it

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

3/30/2013 11:16:00 AM

I agree with Dr. Geller.

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MARYANN   shirley, New York

2/8/2013 6:29:05 AM


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threenorns   Minden, Ontario, Canada, Wyoming

12/28/2012 12:55:11 AM

belen - if you can eat it, so can your dog. myself, i prefer to limit pork, though, as it makes my dog fart. he's been on raw food diet since he was a puppy after the second time i had to heimlich kibble out of his throat before he choked to death - he's a border collie mix, weighs about 65lbs at the moment (he's a tad on the thin

otherwise, he gets 600gr of raw meat a day; marrowbones twice a week to chew on; enough bone to keep his poop firm (too much bone and your dog will be pooping out little bricks - not kidding). meat includes: beef, chicken, turkey, pork, goat, duck, moose, deer, and anything else i can get. i give him a can of sardines and a raw egg weekly bec his skin gets very dry in the winter (we heat with wood). he also get bananas, sweet potato, avocado, carrots, sweet peas, green beans, cauliflower, shrimp and canned but not raw salmon (gives him the runs).


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threenorns   Minden, Ontario, Canada, Wyoming

12/28/2012 12:50:05 AM

jane - almost correct: dogs (and wolves) are not "carnivore". cats are carnivore - specifically, obligate carnivore. canids are more appropriately omnivore with a high protein requirement. they still need (and eat) berries, roots, grasses, fruits, vegetables, worms, bugs, and, yes,

if you feed your dog nothing but meat and bones, they will do okay - but they will not be optimally healthy and they'll be chowing down grass every chances they get (experienced this with my own dog - when i increased his fruit/veg portion, the grass-eating stopped; this was important bec of road salt, vehicle pollution, and pesiticides).

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belen   bakersfield, California

12/15/2012 12:52:05 PM

hi what kind of raw meet should i feed them

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Laurie SaveSamoa   Blairstown, New Jersey

11/19/2012 2:39:08 PM

Dr. Geller, as you say, the diet is a topic of great controversy within the vet community. Thankfully, all of my vets support my choice to feed my cats a species-appropriate raw food diet. Your readers may be interested in the alternative viewpoint by a vet that supports raw feeding. As she says, "To this day barn cats catch and kill mice, and no one calls poison control. Farmers also don't call poison control when their dog finds a litter of baby bunnies and pops them in their mouth like little Tootsie Rolls. In these cases, no one thinks to induce vomiting or say, 'Oh my gosh! My pet just ate raw meat!'

Dr. Becker specifically addresses the concerns of parasites in meat. I know I eat and love sushi.

http://healthypets.mercola. com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/02/15/raw-meat-- the-best-and-healthiest-diet-for-pet-cats-and-dogs- .aspx

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monty   w chester, PA

2/18/2011 11:47:06 AM

check out my website:

it explains the benefits of feeding raw meat/bones to a dog, the vitamins and nutrients you get from various animals and organs they can eat, and also different supplements you can give them.

pet owners have to 'get over' this fantasy land we live in that our precous fido's eat kibble which is 1. convenient for americans because we all love our convenience and something that is quick and 2. we might think raw is disgusting and we don't want little tommy and little sarah seeing our dog eat a whole chicken.

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Jane   Toronto, ON

2/10/2011 8:31:23 PM

A dog's gut has an acidity that is something like 7 times higher then a humans. They also have a much shorter digestive tract, designed for digesting meat and

What does this mean for your dog? Well basically, any parasites that MIGHT be present in the meat will likely be pulverized by the acids, and furthermore will not remain in the digestive tract long enough to even pose a

Your dog is a carnivore, it's dna is 99% that of a wolves -- raw meat is the optimal diet for him or her.

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Steve   Ajax, ON

1/25/2011 11:55:12 AM

Re Raw

I am not a vet or the owner of a raw food outlet

These are some observations noted about 2 weeks after changing my dog's

I own 2 dogs (boxers actually) They have been on a raw diet now for about 6

Dog # 1 ( Male 80lbs)

1 ) Over all doggie smell

He had a overall doggie smell. A bath with a baking powder shampoo would help for about a week then the smell would

2) Bad breath

This dog could knock you over with his breath

3)pimples and minor skin infections

He used to get pimples on his chin which would occasionally

Dog # 2 (Female 65lbs)

1) Less lethargic more

She would be less active on a walk and lay around the house more. Now she is much more active.

Both Dogs

1) Better looking

Both my dogs now have healthier looking coats and I swear the white looks

2)drink less

They both drink less water. This is because the raw diet has more moisture than the premium kibble they were on.

2)Stools are substantially smaller approximately 20 % of pre diet

Their stools are smaller and more firm mainly composed of bone. If left in the sun for a day or 2 they turn white and can be put in the

Wish I had fed this way from the first. Feeding was scary at first as I too had fallen for the " it's not safe" comment. As long as the bone is not cooked they can have it. Mixing raw and kibble is not a good idea.

My conclusion

1) Most vets don't know much about nutrition. Your not being lied to by your vet but all they generally know is what the dog food companies tell them. A good dog food does not come from a vet's merchandise or an outlet store.

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Estora   Hiestand6, CA

12/20/2010 6:43:56 PM

Although I will not feed my dog any raw meat. My dog's brother insist on feeding him raw meat. Is it safe for the two dogs to play together?

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Michelle   Brownsville, TX

11/22/2010 6:48:03 PM

I have a 5 year old basset hound with a very sensitive stomach and an overactive thyroid. I have not been able to get his body to absorb as many nutrients as he has been able to with raw food. He has never been as healthy as he is now, and the raw food has even solved his food allergies problem. I don't think that raw food is for all dogs but I wish I Would have strarted mine on it sooner. He is normal weight and he LOVES his raw food!

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Claire   Owatanna, IA

7/27/2010 6:39:31 PM

Shyla, I'm sorry but you don't know what you're talking about. Heartworm is caused by mosquitoes- not raw meat. I'm sorry about your dog, though.

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Shyla   North Vernon, IN

6/3/2010 7:16:39 PM

My house was robbed and the people who robbed my house gave my dog raw meat to keep him queit so he would ot wake up the nieghbors. But the raw meat gave him heartworms and he died from. So basically they killed my dog. I know not to give dogs raw meat. it is very dangerous for a dog to eat raw meat. it killed my dog so think about your dog before you give it any more raw meat.

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