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Old 20-01-2017, 08:54 AM   #21 (permalink)
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The first "Special" foods were aimed at racing Greyhounds. And yes, it did help them to run faster. But it also tended to blow their hearts out. But if one person used it then everyone had to or they were not in the same race! Then came "Puppy" foods. An answer to a non existent problem. After all, there is no puppy food in the wild and dogs have lived without problems with humans for hundreds of years without puppy food, or even dog food for that matter. But again there were advantages. Puppies developed faster so appeared more mature in the show ring, so show people were again almost forced to use them or accept that they were not going to win.

The dog food manufacturers aim when producing a food is, and has to be, profits. That is simply the nature of any business, it has to be or the business would go bankrupt. So you cant blame them for trying. Put the story out that dogs MUST have the same food every day or it will get a dicky tummy will give you a captive market, it will keep you buying that manufacturer's food, and it's also self fulfilling. Feed the same food long enough and the dog's stomach will adapt to that food, and yes, it really will get a gippy tummy if you change. But the same food every day is not natural for dogs. They are opportunist feeders. In the wild they eat what they find when they find it, and they certainly wont find the same thing every day!

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Old 20-01-2017, 03:35 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Next puppy for us I think will get a varied diet early on. I did that with a litter of kittens found in our backyard with their eyes barely just opened and now they can (and will, which is the greater problem with cats) eat just about anything. Cats are notoriously picky and these are not. INteresting though, even when presented with a great variety of cat appropriate foods there were still marked preferences. One definitely prefers kibble over canned. I would know this because I still have two of them, and their mother. Did find good home for two.
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