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A word of caution about homemade/raw diets
I just wanted to add a word of caution here about feeding homemade and raw (which I do, almost though not exclusively . . . just my personal preference, lots of people do extremely well with a good kibble).
"I made the decision to put my poms on homemade food...since I could not find what I should feed them I came to the choice that hamburger, rice and veggies would make sense. I would supplement with vitamins and be content that they were getting good, natural and fresh food! I drained the hamburger so there wouldn't be excess fats, etc. After two days my one Pom <name removed> became very ill, he wouldn't eat drink or play. I took his temp and it was 104.5...so off to the vet! He was diagnosed with Pancreatitis, due to the hamburger. After a vet bill of nearly $400 and making my poor pom so sick ... "
Turns out this person used ground meat bought in a supermarket . . . that stuff can be just be loaded with bacteria, hormones, antibiotics, chemical/artificial fertilizers/pesticides. They grind chicken (I would never feed that raw to my dogs though I know some people do) and everything else in the same grinder, and its usually only cleaned once a day . . . and maybe not sterilized even then, who knows! My dogs get extremely ill if fed even one meal of ground meat from the supermarket, even if it’s well cooked. They’re so little, and the meat is so concentrated in their diet they just can’t handle the high bacteria count. So I get my raw meat from a butcher who raises his own cattle organically, slaughters them himself and is very, very hygienic over his grinding/handling equipment. If I’m really stuck, I’ll buy a roast at the supermarket and grind/blend it myself … lot of work, but safer.