Sorry, for the late response to your replies.(life takes a hold of ya sometimes)
You provided some excellent reads and have a different view on the subject at hand. The whole diet itself is pretty much based on the "know they dog" statement. What works for one, may not work for another. I too have had issues mixing raw with kibble. Created a VERY noisy tummy, gassy and uncomfortable dog. This dog naps several times a day and she couldn't even get in a half hour nap! So, based off that experience, I recommend(especially new feeders) people to not mix the 2 in 1 meal.
I am no vet by any means. And my knowledge in the health field is VERY limited. Having you on the site will help me expand my knowledge some more. The lectins in chicken; my pug seems to be having issues with chicken as well. 1st it seemed to be commercial only birds. Started feeding her the turkeys/ducks we hunt and she is fine with that. So then I decided to source some naturally reared chickens and she STILL is having issues. Granted it is much less of an issue than from before, but her itchiness is still increased. With commercial chickens, she would gnaw herself raw. Couldn't leave her alone without coming back to her rear end(right where her curly tail rests) being red, bleeding and very raw. With the naturally reared chickens, it is just an increased bit of itching. What were the symptoms that your Pom expressed with sensitives to lectins?
I totally get how life can take hold ... Ughhhh
I definitely agree that one should feed what works for the specific dog. Dr. Karen Becker, nutritionist Monica Segal and nutritionist Cat Lane have all made the comment that some dogs don't tolerate raw food.. Cat just mentioned it last month on her Yahoo group (The Possible Canine) and I left a post asking why she thought that was --- she didn't reply. I would think that there was something else going on if all three hadn't said it.. With all the dogs I've had/fostered I've never experienced that -- even ones with HORRIBLE digestive issues. However because a few don't do well with it we don't suggest that all wanting to feed raw start by cooking their foods and then wean on to raw if able. For some, like your little one, it may be necessary to home cook or keep kibble and raw at different meals but for the vast majority I don't think there is really an issue.... My only concern with making a sweeping statement like that is that it could prevent some kibble feeders from experimenting with raw... That would be BAD... I have worked with a few people who converted to raw cold turkey but most started by enhancing the kibble diet with raw. And yes, this is a site for raw feeders but others link to posts made here --- that is how I found this site. I hope I'm making sense --- didn't sleep until after 2:30 last night and my brain is angry with me ..
Awww, your poor little baby!!! My Pom gets SEVERE ulcerative colitis with exploding diarrhea if she gets too much chicken. I feed exclusively organic (and free range when able). The thing with lectins is that they affect different people (and pets) differently. Take gluten --- some get gluten intolerance or digestive upset, while some get celiac disease (malnutrition etc) and yet others have neurological issues and no digestive issues. People with gluten ataxia have episodes of temporary blindness, stroke like symptoms (speech issues, drooping face etc), white matter brain lesions (aka brain damage in the white matter area of the brain) etc.
I have experienced those very symptoms attributed to gluten ataxia (except the stroke like symptoms) only I believe dairy, and not gluten, has caused mine. I started having vision loss at age 12. I was diagnosed with white matter brain damage in my early 30's. In addition to those symptoms I've had (over the years) joint issues in both knees requiring the use of crutches, inflammation in my jaw that would make my teeth loose, sinus issues, headaches, malnutrition symptoms (like iodine deficiency hypothyroid, iron anemia, b12 anemia etc). Symptoms started when I was a child but I wasn't diagnosed, despite having an ND as a father, until I met the right doctor when I was 40 years old. Sorry, got a bit off track there -- just wanted to emphasize that symptoms can very greatly from person to person and pet to pet. Other issues attributed to lectins --- symptoms of food poisoning (vomiting and diarrhea), kidney disease, type 1 diabetes (the kind dogs get), thyroid disease, behavioral issues (shyness as well as aggression), arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer and on and on. My boss gets "geographic tongue" from the lectins in strawberries. I know several people that can't tolerate cucumbers.. These are all healthful foods but when eaten in excess can have some significant health consequences to those that are intolerant of them... One of the reasons I think feeding a WIDE variety of foods is a wise idea...
One of the posters on DFA had made a comment that dogs (and people) could react to a "family" of proteins -- such as all poultry etc. I kinda poo pooed the idea but leave it to my own dog to teach me I'm not as smart as I hoped I was ... As mentioned, she gets colitis from chicken. She has eye goobers most of the time and I could never pinpoint what the problem was --- I don't use heartworm, flea/tick, don't vaccinate after initial shots (even for rabies with her), feed organic and a wide variety etc. Sure enough I started noticing the goobers were worse when eating duck -- so eliminated duck and noticed improvement but not 100%. Then realized she was also reacting to turkey and the ostrich that I was feeding ----- ostrich??? UGHHH CRAP I have to figure out another way to get adequate omega 6 linoleic acid in her now....
Some potential benefits of lectins --- they have discovered that certain lectins can kill cancer cells in the same way that they cause disease. Banana lectins have been found to kill the HIV virus. If my hubby makes me mad I can give him food poisoning by adding the soaking water from pinto beans to something else he is eating .. He gets violent food poisoning from pinto bean lectins.