Moving towards a Holistic Approach

Over the last 20 years, I’ve studied canine nutrition and raw diets. Since then, I’ve tried giving my dogs chicken necks and backs or pre-packaged raw food as treats and gave my older rescue boxer raw food as part of her meals, but I’ve never moved all of my dogs onto a raw diet despite the fact that it is widely known to be better for their overall health. I’ve decided to take the plunge and move them to a raw diet in the next few weeks. I have been told by many experienced owners and read that dogs should go cold turkey to a raw diet and not mix in kibble. I’ve also been told to start with one protein for a few weeks before adding others, so I’m going to start them on Nature’s Variety Venison formula and see how it goes.

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I’ve also been reading more and more about reduced vaccination protocols and reactions to vaccinations. In previous years, I’ve always done exactly what my vets told me and gave vaccination boosters yearly, but this no longer seems wise no matter what the average vet says. I’ve done a titer for parvo/distemper on Tucker and if it comes back that he has plenty of immunity to those diseases, we will not be getting his annual booster this year. I am also considering doing the same for Raiden and Leeloo.

As I move towards more healthy ways of maintaining my dogs, I am considering finding a new vet who will be better suited to assist me with the raw diet and reduced vaccines. I will let you know how this search goes and hopefully will find the perfect vet for my dogs.

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