Welcome to The Barking Lot!
We believe that pet parents are passionate when it comes to the subject of what they feed their fur-kids, and with good reason. A good diet can contribute to a long and healthy life and even psychological well-being for our fur-kids and likewise for our pet parents. Our moto: Happy Pets = Happy Parents! The question you are trying to answer;- what is the best food to feed domesticated dogs or cats? While the majority of pet parents feed commercial grain-based kibble or canned food, many pet parents like you, today, are looking for healthier options. And the net is full of materials to help you, and confuse you, when it comes to natural feeding.
You will find many anecdotal reasons for feeding on biological specie appropriate diets, for and against, or home-cooked for that matter, even more on the prey model. You will also find many “scientific” articles on why not to feed raw, sadly, as little research is done into raw feeding.
And not too mention all of the confusing terms! Why do we refer to natural diets? In our minds, raw is complete, and therefore natural, as designed by nature, and not broken. Raw, in today's convenience society, seems to indicate part of something, and not complete. But natural contains all the parts needed (as designed), therefore complete (or whole), so we advocate natural pet cuisine, or if you want to knit-pick, biologically specie appropriate natural raw pet cuisine.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - Buddha
To paraphrase Dr Ron Hines from Texas, USA, what we have learned to date, is that there are exaggerations on both side of the pet food diet debate. Your fur kids will not live forever on natural unprocessed diets, but they won’t either die tomorrow from eating them, and the right decision for you depends on you and your pet's specific situation.
The difference is that we are documenting our learnings here for everyone to read, review, comment and contribute! When we started, we spend hours on end trying to decipher the garble available on the net to read, purchased many thousands of dollars of books to read (and have read), and are now starting to document our learnings, so that you, as the pet parent and guardian, can benefit.
One can rightfully ask: why raw and not kibble? Pet parents are asking that every day, and some are coming to the realization that while their fur kids may be doing well, they could be doing better. This is one of the reasons pet parents switch their pets if their pets do not have some major health problem. They switch because they believe their dogs or cats can have better quality lives if they are fed a raw diet.
When it comes to our pets, there’s no national organization that tracks the occurrence of cancer. We do know that many common human cancers are not prevalent in pets, but there are other cancers we do acquire in common, including breast (mammary gland) cancer, lymphoma, skin cancer that takes the form of mast cell tumours in pets, and bone cancer. We touch lightly on this very emotional topic.
Constipation (obstipation, megacolon), often suspected by pet parents but in fact, rarely diagnosed, occurs when the pet is unable to properly evacuate his bowels. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Canine hyperadrenocorticism , commonly known as Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism , results in overproduction of adrenal gland hormones, most commonly glucocorticoids . The disorder is relatively common in middle-aged to older dogs and rare in cats. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrine pancreatic disorder of cats and dogs. The incidence of diabetes in cats and dogs is reported to be anywhere from 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 pets. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Epilepsy is the name given to seizural disorders in dogs and cats for which there is no identifiable cause. Primary epilepsy is the result of functional cerebral disturbances without obvious cause other than a possible hereditary tendency. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Urinary incontinence means that the pet cannot totally control his ability to urinate. Typically, urinary incontinence causes a “leaky bladder”. Clinical signs often seen include finding “wet spots” under the pet where he/she sleeps, and seeing dribbling urine as the pet moves about. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Inflammatory bowel disease is the name given to a group of conditions that are characterized by pathologic evidence of inflammation of the intestinal tract which is associated with gastrointestinal signs. These are usually chronic and persistent. We discuss this condition in more detail.
Traditionally, vets have recommended restricting protein consumption because protein is poorly metabolized by dogs with kidney failure. Protein creates a high nitrogen load that can further stress the liver and kidneys. The problem is, that most commercial pet foods are made of poor quality protein that is not easily digested or utilized and this is what places the stress on the kidneys. We discuss this condition in short.
In our daily interaction with pet parents and ill fur kids, we have found some valuable herbal solutions that will help your fur kids recover and / or fight some common diseases we often observe. We discuss these in greater detail.
Your fur kids’ poop (stool or faeces) provides a wealth of information, which is why it may seem that veterinarians ask you about your pet’s poop — and request samples of it — pretty much every time you go to the clinic. We discuss this topic in greater detail.