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02-07-2014 02:12 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Originally Posted by Kaimeju View Post
My grandparents mostly fed scraps to the dogs, including raw eggs. A lot of fatty cuts of meat, bread, vegetable scraps. My mom says they went through one bag of Ol Roy in the winter, when the dogs needed to eat more to stay warm. I can't remember how long these dogs lived but my childhood dogs were out of Lady and Chance, and those dogs had to have been at least 13 when they died. My dogs Shadow and Cinders only lived to be 10 and 11, I think. Both fed Eukanuba their whole lives, both died of cancer. Shadow had allergies.
My Shadow ate Eukanuba all his life, until his death from cancer at age 7. Research revealed ethoxyquin in the Eukanuba, someone told me that it happened after P&G bought Iams, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I haven't bought an Iams product since Shadow died.
02-07-2014 02:04 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Originally Posted by zyppi View Post
Piggybacking on my longevity thread, am I the only one that remembers how dogs were fed way back when and how long they lived?

Remember my parents mixing table scraps of all kind and supplementing with cornbread. They had Dobies, Boxers, and various other mutts. Think they went to vet once a year for rabies vaccination.

Not advocating the above lifestyle, but, these dogs all lived long healthy lives.

Thoughts?
I agree 200%. Our dogs, and my grandparents' hunting dogs (Eng.setters) were all fed the same as what the humans got. Kibble didn't exist. My mother would buy canned food (aaack--probably horsemeat) to supplement if there weren't enough leftovers. I never heard the words bloat or gastric torsion, never heard of anything like that happening... And, you're right, they only went to the vet for yearly vacs. And all our dogs made it to 14, 15 yrs...

To me it seems like the increase of such horrendous conditions corresponded to the increase in popularity of kibble foods.

I am soon-to-be 67, so we are going back in time when I talk about my parents' and grandparents' dogs. Healthier than today, that's for sure. I don't remember anything resembling food allergies, either. Hmmmm...
02-07-2014 01:35 PM
Springbrz I for one have been a dog owner my whole life. Ziva is the first dog I have ever spent so much time researching diet. She is our first raw feed dog. She is also my first dog that I have ever had that I "KNOW" has food sensitivities. Although, in hindsight, I believe our last two(littermates) had unrealized food issues. She is also, by far, the most picky eater I have ever had.
I wonder some days if I'm just over thinking what I should be feeding her. Then again, most of the dogs in my life have been mixed breeds (mutts). I truly believe that mutts tend to just be healthier for some odd reason. Like they just turn out without the health issues that pure breeding brings.

Is it the food quality? Our misunderstanding of what quality food for a dog should be? Or, over breeding a bad trait? IDK? But, this thread is making me think about it.
02-07-2014 01:15 PM
s14roller Good thread and interesting points. I also raised this in another thread that someone was asking a question. I still buy dog food for my girl based on the ingredients I read, but half the time wonder if itís mostly marketing that has us thinking this way. Honestly, I think that sometimes we forget that there is a lot more research and data that goes in what is appropriate nutrition for our dogs vs. what we can read off a label. The prime cuts of chicken, etc., may be appetizing for us, but may or may not be the most effective for the dogís system.

Thereís another thing I wanted to point out...we often knock the big name companies bc they may use byproducts, etc., yet few of us really look into what makes that list. I personally think of beaks, feet, skin, etc., when in reality when I took a look at whatís acceptable, itís things like liver, hearts, etc. The things that wild animals would go to first due to higher nutritional value. We also forget the brand equity a larger company has in that they have a lot more to lose if they mess up. With all that said, Iíll be the first to admit buying Acana and Orijen makes me feel goodÖIím just not 100% sure if Iím doing my dog any good vs. other products. I donít buy items with byproducts because of the conception that goes with it, but I think Iíll be digging into it more in the future.
02-07-2014 12:16 PM
Kaimeju My grandparents mostly fed scraps to the dogs, including raw eggs. A lot of fatty cuts of meat, bread, vegetable scraps. My mom says they went through one bag of Ol Roy in the winter, when the dogs needed to eat more to stay warm. I can't remember how long these dogs lived but my childhood dogs were out of Lady and Chance, and those dogs had to have been at least 13 when they died. My dogs Shadow and Cinders only lived to be 10 and 11, I think. Both fed Eukanuba their whole lives, both died of cancer. Shadow had allergies.
02-07-2014 12:07 PM
Castlemaid Personally I think that the cheap kibble from back then was much better quality than the cheap kibble of today.
02-07-2014 12:01 PM
ksotto333 Same story here, my first gsd/elkhound mix lived to 14.5, ate Purina, black lab/big boned 110 pounds lived to 13.5...ate the Purina or whatever was on sale...
02-07-2014 11:18 AM
LaRen616 My family's GSD/Husky mix lived a long healthy life and died at the age of 14.5. She was never on supplements and she ate cheap, low quality kibble.
02-07-2014 10:51 AM
misslesleedavis1 My nephews grandpa on his fathers side fed his hunting dogs ol roy, they ate ol roy and exercised hard everyday, cindy and i forgot the others ones names lived to 17 years old.
02-07-2014 10:44 AM
shepherdmom My first dog was fed "old Blue" a feed store brand dog food that probably was worse than old Roy. She lived to be 13. My boys were fed Science Diet most of their lives. Science Diet was supposedly the best back then. Buddy is 12. Lost Shadow at 9 to DM.

Oh look just did a search they still have it. http://oldbluepetfood.com/products/o...-food-nuggets/
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