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  • bacchus_
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    Mira,
    I hope you didn't think I was putting the BARF feeders down, and I realize that it is not a fad, and has been around a long, long time. What I meant was that lately it seems like a lot of people are hearing about how great it is, think they should switch their animals to it, and just start buying turkey necks and veggies and think they're doing fine. They don't do the research, they don't plan ahead, and they end up with sick animals, wondering what happened. That's what I meant by it becoming a fad.

    Personally, I know I don't have the patience or energy or time to do BARF for Bacchus. If the day should come that I decide I do, or need to for his health, then I will come back here, search the archives, and turn to you experts on the subject before I buy even one chicken wing! lol

    Gotta run!

    Heather and Bacchus (the soon to be two-year-old boy!)
    Greenville, SC

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  • chillygirl
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    I meant to say this before, just got too busy at work.
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

    I also have been thinking about BARF, but just from listening to the many voices of experience on this site, I know that it is not something to be entered into lightly. I am just in the very, very early stages of research to determine whether this is the right choice for my dog and I. If I do decide to do this, it will not be until probably more than a year from now after many months of research.

    I really just want to thank Paul and all of you other great DOLers for helping me to be a smarter Dane companion. :+

    :* :* :*

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  • Mira
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    I feed raw and agree that before you feed this diet you must research. It is alot more work than just pouring kibble in bowl. I myself have had wonderful results with this diet. One of my dogs had horrible allergies and was almost put down b/c no one could fix her no matter what my vet did. My other dog had pano and immune mediated joint disease and also was about to be put down. When I switched to BARF the problems went away. But this is just my story.
    But this is not a fad or trend. I know breeders and people like me who have been feeding this diet for over 30 yrs with awesome results. The people who are feeding raw are aware of what is in kibble and wish not to feed it. But that is there choice and that is fine but I think everyone needs to research both kibble and BARF before you give your opinion. B/c you can't bash one without knowing much about the other. If you do you feed kibble feed a high quality. High quality is not Iams, Science Diet, Eukanuba, etc. But that is my opinion. I did not write this to make anyone mad, just to make people aware that there are pros and cons with everything.
    Here is a link that talks about both kibble and BARF www.barfdiet.com

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  • Merlequin
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    Sage Advice and logical too!


    ~ Bonnie ~

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  • MiHi
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    Also to add to Paul's post is that if you are interested in feeding a raw diet you don't have to go it alone! There are plenty of good, reputable companies, that are reasonably priced that make it for you and all you have to do is buy, pre-formed 'dinner' blocks. I myself don't feed Raw anymore...too busy...but I have one link that may explain it better than I can:

    www.mountaindogfood.com

    Good thread Paul!
    Michele

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  • Whinnys_Mommy
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    Well said Paul. I really think that doing a BARF diet can have severe consequences if not done properly. I think that it is an ok diet, but you must know everything and research your head off before implementing it. I mean like 6mo.-1yr. We get sick if we do not get proper nutrition, and so do dogs.


    Whinny's Mommy
    (Jamie)
    http://www.PictureTrail.com/jneveaux

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  • bacchus_
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    Thank you, Paul, for saying this. I also see too many people talking about switching to BARF, without really knowing what they are doing, simply because "so-and-so" says it's great for the dog. It's almost like feeding BARF has become the latest "fad", or trend. But screwing around with your dog's diet when you don't know what you're doing is not something to be done on a whim! I hope that everyone that *needs* to read your post does so. Folks need to educate themselves, their pets lives are depending on it!
    JMHO

    Heather and Bacchus
    Greenville, SC

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