For Your Boston Terrier
Our user-friendly nutrition guide will help your Boston maintain optimum health through better nutrition.
Susan Bertram, D.V.M.
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What's the consensus on homemade, frozen and raw diets among Boston Terrier experts? Well, there isn't one yet. Trudy Sample of St. Louis, Missouri, Boston fancier for 64 years, and proprietor of Kirkwood Boston Terriers, summarizes the concerns: I object to the fact that there has been no research on what feeding these diets does to dogs, Sample says. What they [raw diet proponents] put out as research, I believe it isn't true research, says Sample, who is the chair of the BTCA health committee. Sample places her trust in a long-standing pet-food manufacturer, whose research facilities she has personally toured. I know what kind of research they do, the money they put into it, feeding it to generations and generations of dogs, she says.
Kathleen Brewer of Denver, Colorado, walks the other side of the fence. She has raised Bostons at her Kanis kennel for the past 18 years, and began feeding a BARF (acronym for Bones And Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) about two years ago. Brewer uses organic, free-range chicken, organic fruits and vegetables, kelp and cold-pressed flaxseed oil, among other ultra-pure ingredients. Since making the switch, birthweights on her puppies has doubled, a big plus for better survival rates. My dogs don't get colds anymore, and have no trouble with diarrhea or illnesses of any kind, Brewer says. Brewers current pride is Ch. Kanis Just Aint Whistlin Dixie, a 2-year-old Boston who won four BOB honors during her first show as a special (Champion), at the Colorado Kennel Club show in Denver in February 2003.
Stoyanov chooses the middle ground on the raw food debate: BARF diets appeal to a lot of people, and theres no problem, as long as your veterinarian approves, Stoyanov says. Stoyanov fed a raw diet to her own dogs for six months before switching back to dry food. It [the raw diet] was too much work, and my dogs didn't seem to do better on it, she says.
A final cautionary word on feeding fresh ingredients to your dog. Onions and garlic, in quantity, can cause severe anemia in dogs. Acute kidney failure associated with eating grapes and raisins has been reported by the National Animal Poison Control Center. Rhubarb, spinach and beets are high in oxalates, which can irritate the digestive tract of dogs, causing vomiting or diarrhea. Cabbage, broccoli and other members of the brassica family are high in sulfur and produce intestinal gas!
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