I'm not going to argue over how much of the subject they had in university or even how many of them slept through it. But the basics of nutrition are pretty much the building blocks of the core understanding of how an animal works. Just because a vet graduated doesn't mean he's good. They're human... some are smart, some not so smart, some lazy... etc. If your vet isn't able to show knowledge where you think he should, it's time to go shopping for another. You'd move on if your GP gave you blank stares in response to your questions about your own personal health.Bid wrote:Lol - you're missing the point, which is that nutrition in detail is not part of the vets training over here.beeeerock wrote: FWIW, if a vet doesn't have a clue about nutrition, you should be looking for another... it's very much part of what they SHOULD know. If your doctor prescribed cholesterol meds but didn't mention that perhaps you should reduce your consumption of A, B, and C foods, would you have any confidence in him/her?
If raw feeding is going to be healthy for a dog, the owner MUST do the research to ensure they are providing the correct balance to the diet. Concerns about fillers and preservatives aside, a quality dry food has had some expert input into what is required to maintain a balance. Here's an extract from this page - http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/he ... -pets.aspx - that discusses balance:
There should be four primary components in a nutritional program for your dog or cat, including:
Meat, including organs
Veggie and fruit puree
Homemade vitamin and mineral mix
Beneficial additions like probiotics, digestive enzymes, and super green foods (these aren’t required to balance the diet, but can be beneficial for vitality)
A healthy dog’s diet should contain about 75 percent meat/organs/bones and 25 percent veggies/fruit (this mimics the GI contents of prey, providing fiber and antioxidants as well). For healthy kitties, the mix should be about 88 percent meat/organs/bones and 12 percent veggies.
Fresh, whole food provides the majority of nutrients pets need, and a micronutrient vitamin/mineral mix takes care of the deficiencies that do exist, namely iron, copper, manganese, zinc, iodine, vitamin D, folic acid, taurine and Biotin (for cats).
Keep in mind that just because nutritional deficiencies aren’t obvious in your pet doesn’t mean they don’t exist. A considerable amount of research has gone into determining what nutrients dogs and cats need to survive. At a minimum, you do a disservice to your pet by taking a casual approach to insuring he receives all the nutrients he requires for good health. The kitten who is the subject of this article is a good example of a pet whose breeder meant well and didn’t see any immediate damage to the animal, yet the kitten became acutely ill on the raw chicken-only diet.
If you’re preparing homemade food for your pet, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of insuring the diet you feed is nutritionally balanced. It doesn't matter whose recipe you follow, but it does matter that it's balanced. You can accomplish this by using balanced pet food recipes you prepare at home, or by feeding commercially available pet food that meets the minimum standards set forth by NRC, AAFCO and/or the ancestral diet analysis.
Embarking on the RAW lifestyle for your animal requires a serious commitment from the owner and attention to the details. Humans can live as Vegans, but they usually wind up getting B-12 shots and suffering from other issues relating to what is missing from their diet... unless they pay strict attention to their dietary needs and not just what they "can't" eat.
In both cases, you have to be sure you're not just jumping on the band wagon because someone said it was fantastic.