I have a new 5 1/2 month old Cavalier and my breeder recommended a natural, organic raw food diet. I use HPPI, by Healthy Pet Products. I use as a supplement Taste of the Wild Pacific Formula -Salmon. I had already been reading about the raw diet for dogs, as my neighbor had been feeding her dogs for 3 yrs this way. She has now switched to Healthy Pet Product's after she checked them out. I have been very happy with feeding her a raw diet, especially this one as it provides a complete well balanced diet of protein, fat, fiber, moisture, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Omega 3 & 6 and probiotics, prebiotics and full spectrum enzymes. They come in 2oz. sticks, very practical for smaller dogs. After going to a few dog shows, I find that most show dogs are on raw diet. Healthier, shinier coat. I lost my first Cav. Addie in august to cancer, so doing everything to prevent illness is at the top of my list. As far as intestinal tract. Usually a dog will process their food about 30-45 mins. after eating, which prevents bacteria from forming. So glad to see so many are turning to a natural way of feed.
I am interested in some feedback. My 7 year old toy poodle has bladder cancer. After doing a ton of research, I decided switching her to raw would be helpful in building up her immune system so that she might better fight this monster. She loved it and would whine every evening while I was getting her food ready. Long story short---she's on Metacam, a Nsaid, to help fight the cancer, and we've gotten great results so far. But, she also has a kidney infection now - e coli based, which can be deadly, for which she is taking an anti-biotic. Anyway the vet vehemently insists I take her off raw for now because her immune system in compromised by the Nsaid the anti-biotics, and her system can't handle the bacteria in raw food as well as a healthy dog might. Others have said to keep her on raw.
Any one else have to deal with a similar situation?