Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Evidence-Based Practice with Raw-Meaty-Bones

In medicine and in veterinary medicine, the current rallying call is for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). EBP is supposed to replace out-of-date and intuitive practices that are based on prejudices, old-fashioned practices, and idiosyncratic ideas. EBP is accumulated evidence from the clinical experiences of many practitioners -- data that do not meet the standard of double-blind, scientific research, but provide helpful guidance where research is lacking.

One veterinary excuse to dismiss raw-meaty-bones is there is no research to show that rmb is better than manufactured foods. In an earlier blog, I explained why no research on this critical topic has been reported. Vets warn against dangers to pets from rmb -- choking, bacteria, bone splinters, broken teeth, and more (an August blog). Additional veterinary fears about rmb are bacterial infections of pet owners and their families from handling raw meats and cleaning up feces from raw-fed pets.

Well, I have an EBP to report. Personally, I have fed more than 43,600 rmb meals to 14 dogs and one cat over a period of 7 years. Actually, I fed more than 50,000 rmb meals during this period, because puppies under 6 months are fed 3 times a day, and puppies from 6 to 10-12 months are fed twice a day.

Just counting one meal/dog/day, I can report that of 43,600 occasions, when vets would predict problems from feeding rmb, I have experienced:

  • Zero broken or cracked teeth
  • Zero bacterial, digestive upsets
  • One chicken rib bone wedged across the roof of the mouth of Ben, a Papillon. Bone was removed by index finger.
  • Zero bone fragments caught in throats
  • Zero bone fragments in intestines
  • Zero trips to vet to have bones removed
  • Zero trips to vet to have dogs' teeth cleaned
  • Zero trips to vet for allergies
  • Zero trips to vet for "hot spots"
  • Zero trip to vet for obesity or any problem, other than accidents that require stitches
  • Zero personal or familial bacterial infections from handling raw meats (but we handle raw meats safely for ourselves as well)
  • Zero personal or familial bacterial infectons from cleaning up the small amounts of feces from raw-fed dogs or cleaning the cat's litter box.

As a breeder of Labrador retrievers, I have an average of 18 puppies a year. From 3 to 4 weeks of age, puppies are introduced to raw meats and soft bones. By 5 weeks of age, puppies are chewing up chicken wings and graduating to drumsticks and thighs by 6 weeks. Before they leave me at 8 to 10 weeks, puppies are chewing on meaty beef and pork bones and eating a wide variety of rmb.

My experience with more than 100 puppies fed rmb from 3 to 8 weeks of age includes approxmately 100 meals/ puppy or 10,000 puppy meals. In 10,000 rmb puppy meals, I have seen:

  • Zero choking
  • Zero bone fragments caught in throats
  • Zero bone fragments lodged in intestines
  • Zero intestinal upsets
  • Zero trips to vet to have bone fragments removed
  • Zero trips to vet for food-caused illnesses
  • Zero trips to vet for allergies
  • Zero trips to vet for "hot spots"
  • Zero personal or familial bacterial infections.

Combining rmb meals I fed to adult dogs and to puppies, my EBP is based on more than 58,000 data points. My EBP of feeding rmb says a rmb diet is not dangerous and offers far better, more species-appropriate nutrition than any other diet.

Most critical: Puppies fed rmb do not develop foul mouths and periodontal infections that affect 85% of kibble-fed dogs.

My rmb experience is repeated by tens of thousands of pet owners around the world. Millions of rmb meals are fed without problems.

Vets could pay attention to this vast amount of EBP with rmb and stop their fear-mongering. Of course, if they adopted rmb as their EBP, their kibble-and-cans business, and revenue, would fall off. Because they are thoroughly indoctrinated to recommend and sell commercial kibbles and canned mush, vets are unlikely to listen to the EBP of tens of thousands of pet owners who feed rmb.

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