I read many blogs, and one that I particularly enjoy is Spot Speaks by Dr. Nancy Kay. Dr. Kay is a veterinarian and the author of Speaking for Spot. Yesterday Dr. Kay wrote about the raw food debate. As you may know, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently adopted a policy that discourages feeding a raw food diet to dogs and cats. A big debate has erupted as a result. Check out Dr. Kay’s blog for more info about that debate.
It got me thinking about food and pets. I have spent a great deal of time and money pondering the best food choices for the dogs and cats that live here.
With DeDe, I must take care to ensure her food does not include things I believe she is allergic to. But I also want to make sure the food she eats keeps her healthy, as she has other health concerns (hypothyroidism, diabetes insipidus). DeDe is eating Evo, but I haven’t found Evo locally except in a shop that sells animals, and you know how I don’t like supporting those kinds of businesses. So I may start buying her food from Chewy.com.
I had always fed Rumpy the same food as DeDe, because it was easier that way. But recently Rumpy participated in a food trial with Innova. He likes the food, and his coat looks so much better that I have chosen to keep him on this food.
The cats? Well, that has also been a struggle. I’ve written before about Graybow’s tummy troubles. For awhile I couldn’t get that cat to eat anything but Purina One for sensitive stomach. I didn’t like the food, but he had to eat something. And when you feed one cat a certain food, they all want it.
Thankfully they are now all eating Iams Sensitive Stomach. Graybow eats it and is having no stomach problems. The cats’ coats are shiny, and Malachi’s coat looks especially good.
I have to tell you that I do not feel content feeding any of these products. It’s not the products themselves- they are all exceptional foods produced using sound scientific principles to formulate. But I do feel uneasy that there is no food out there that provides these guys good nutrition while ensuring the animals that were slaughtered to make the food were treated humanely. At least there’s no product I can easily access and afford.
I know some of you feed raw to your pets, and that’s your choice. I don’t feel it is a safe option for us. I don’t raise my own animals or hunt, and I am concerned about the safety of raw meat.
So tell me, what thought processes go into deciding what to feed the animals you care for?
CONGRATULATIONS to Auri Lae, the winner of the Canine Hipster Bag! Her bag was shipped out yesterday, so she’ll soon be stylin’ and profilin’ with a cool bag on her shoulder.