I will soon be welcoming a new English Setter pup into my home. Naturally I want to do what's best. I've read some books, lurked on forums, read kibble reviews...I'm try to learn.
I do see the advantages of the raw meaty bone thing. The benefits to teeth and gums and good bacteria make perfect sense. I get it. I just feel like mixing in a bowl of grain-free kibble a couple-three days a week isn't going to hurt.
If a dogs digestive system is so bombproof (road kill, swamp water, goose poop) then shouldn't it be capable of handling a mixed menu just like my system can?
My body processes different foods at different rates too. I'm doing ok and expect to live to about 90! I feel like there are many really good choices of high protein, high fat, low carb kibbles. I can add a raw egg, beef heart, liver, turkey, some fresh sardines or an emu (they're making a comeback here in Minnesota)...or give entire meals of the same. I also understand gluten, sugars, grains and carbs are bad. Too many are bad for me too. That's why I don't eat Captain Crunch cereal 3 times a day. Then again, I don't eat ribeye 5 days a week either.
Moderation in all things. Right?
Ok you can throw your rotten tomatoes at me now. But honestly, I'm really open to hearing what everybody has to say. Like everybody else, I want to do what's best for my dog. So stay calm, tap into some logic and poke a hole in my thought process, and maybe I (we) can learn something from this thread. And by the way the pet food industry is out to kill our pets and I once knew a guy who's dog lived to be 37... don't qualify as support for an argument.