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Raw Diet for Dogs and Cats?

Do any of you have any experiences or comments on the benefits of feeding dogs and cats a raw diet? I would love to hear all your comments, concerns, and experiences, either good or bad.

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By Robyn

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August 16, 20120 found this helpful

I had my dogs on a raw diet for awhile. It is a big pain and lots of handling raw meat; but, I thought it was good for them. However, one of my pups got a very rare parasite from the raw meat that is incurable. Since he wasn't a puppy he will probably be ok but if he had been a puppy, this particular parasite is fatal in young dogs. Just do your homework and make sure that the meat you buy is high-quality and from an reputable grocery (I think the bad meat I gave them came from a ethnic, cheap market but I'll never know). Proceed with caution... and good luck!

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August 19, 20120 found this helpful

My cat has a congenital disease that causes him to have seizures. The seizures appeared when he was about 18 months old There was nothing the Vet could do for the condition. I tried a raw food diet (chicken) and the seizures were reduced a great deal. I have continued to feed him this diet for 5 years now. He continues to have great checkups and blood work.

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I used the recipe and advice from Dr. Lisa Pierson at www.catinfo.org. It is a lot of work. I am down at the market every Tuesday for my ingredients and then home for an hour or so with the meat grinder(which cost $200). I do not freeze the food which would make things much easier. I noticed the diet was less effective when frozen but I think that is just my case, which I think is unusual. Most folks can and do freeze.

Be prepared for a fishy stare from some Vets. I ran across one who just couldn't believe my cat was healthy even though she was holding his excellent blood work in her hand. Most Vets are great about it. I do use supplemental vitamins that I get from Only Natural Pets (online). My cat is gorgeous. I never saw fur shine like his does. If you have questions, feel free to ask. Best of luck.

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