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Old September 22nd, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Good point, Merlin's Hope . High fat meat is not good for either cats or dogs, same as bone.

Fresh meat for carnivores is the equivalent of fresh fruit and veggies for humans. If it was not good for our pets, who are carnivores, then there wouldn't be any wild coyotes, wolves, cougars, etc. Feeding a pet a species appropriate food will allow their bodies to operate properly, including keeing an ideal ph level in the urine.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 02:03 PM
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I'm listening. No carrots no flavored treats. I was answering others. It wasn't Pus. No smell. UTI was diagnosed by a urine sample. PH was 10, no blood in the urine but there was some white cells.

What do you give your dog for treats. Can you give them cheese?

I know about the frontline. I was saying that I used it 3 times but then stopped. I did not continue because of what is in it. I am looking at a website that does raw diets and oils for animals. The site is all natural.

I'm trying to grasp all of this but it will take some time. I'm grateful for all the information and advice that all of you have given me.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 02:10 PM
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We get dried liver bits as treats; it's like doggy heroin in our house, they LOVE it.
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jasp, I just wanted to mention that if you are in an area with lots of ticks, topicals might still be your best bet. We're in Tick Central, here, and despite the dangers of topicals like Frontline, it's really the only thing that works. You have to be careful of the natural remedies that contain essential oils, since some of them are toxic as well, and we haven't found that they offer near the protection that the Frontline does. So unless one of the dogs ends up having a reaction to it sometime down the pike, we're likely going to have to use it as long as we're living here. Even with the Frontline, about a quarter of our sizable annual vet bill goes to fighting tick-borne diseases.

As for the heartworm preventive. We keep our dogs on it all year round for the extra worm protection (we use Heartgard +), though we may be rethinking that expense this year. If you keep your dog on it for just the mosquito months, remember to have them tested for heartworm exposure each year before you start the meds again. Both methods work.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 07:23 AM
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I'm listening.
lolol! GOOD! Was just making sure.


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What do you give your dog for treats. Can you give them cheese?
Frozen organs, tiny, cut up pieces of fresh meat, dried meats, some cheese once in a while, but mostly dried meats.
We don't use treat-based training methods here, so the call for treats here isn't a big one per say.

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I am looking at a website that does raw diets and oils for animals. The site is all natural.
and this will help your dog how? Again, stay away from commercial products. A natural raw diet means going to the store, buying some meat and giving it to your dog. It's no more complicated than that. When you enter into the world of commercial foods, you are doing the very same thing you did when you bought kibble.

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I'm trying to grasp all of this but it will take some time. .
I found the whole thing became easy when I stopped thinking like a human and started thinking like a dog. Try to keep it simple. This is not a complicated diet. it's 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. If you stick to that rule, you'll do just great.

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Old September 24th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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I found the whole thing became easy when I stopped thinking like a human and started thinking like a dog. Try to keep it simple. This is not a complicated diet. it's 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. If you stick to that rule, you'll do just great.

Best of luck
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That is exactly what you need to do. Don't worry about them eating raw meat because humans shouldn't we have two different digestive systems that are meant to eat different diets all together. I find that commercial pet foods "prey" on humans thinking their pets should be eating the same as humans, when in fact veggies and grain added to the pet food is actually just cheap filler for the industry.

Also, if you don't complicate things, it may not become such a chore or expensive.
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