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Posted Sep 12 2008 11:38pm

A Monster Diet!

I LOVE talking about food and my favorite, RAW MEATY BONES, WOOF! Mom talked with Monster’s mom (he’s a dog, a big dog like me WOOF!) bepaws Monster had MRSA on his ear but now he’s all better, YIPPEE! Monster’s Mom, Dona, found my Mom bepaws she works with The Bella Moss Foundation helping to prevent MRSA in animals. Dona is very smart though and decided to help Monster get well she had to feed him a natural diet even though the vet said the pet food companies know best (hehe, yeah right). Good thing she went with her instincts and now Monster was declared all better by another vet! Raw Meaty Bones, that’s what we want, WOOF! Here is Monster’s story as told by his mom, Dona:

Monster the German Shepard dog

I adopted Monster, my German Shepherd, from the breeder when he was 4 1/2 months old, 3 months after my 14 year old Shepherd mix died. He joined our family which already included a two year old rat terrier, Comet, and a 7 month old Jack Russell, Jack Sparrow. Monster had a skin condition (staph infection, I was told) and the breeder gave me a Keflex prescription for him to finish. Monster also had loose stools, bad breath, discharge from his eyes and a poor appetite. He had been raised on kibble and canned food, mixed - the same as my other dogs.

The breeder said they thought the loose stools were from the antibiotic, so I expected them to become more solid once off the medication. They did, temporarily when I changed kibbles and then became loose again. His skin healed but remained dry and flaky. I tried several other more expensive kibbles (you know the ones) and nothing really helped significantly or stimulated his appetite.

Everyday when I fed him I felt bad about the quality of food I was giving him. He’d pick at it and look at me; I had to coax him to eat. My other two dogs chowed down on it, but I always thought, “Yeah, I wouldn’t eat that crap either.” I would stand in the store for an hour reading all the labels on all the different kibbles trying to figure out which was the least offensive choice for my dogs. I began to wonder why I should feel obligated to buy “chicken and rice” in this bizarre form when I could make natural chicken and rice for my dogs. (Like my Dad said they did in the old days.)

In researching that thought I was inspired to feed my dogs raw food, but I thought I’d read as much as I could before making a firm decision. I asked my Vet’s office what they knew about the B.A.R.F. diet or R.M.B. diet for dogs and they said, “Dr. So and So recommends store bought kibble because the dog food companies have done all the research and they know what the dogs need.”

Armed with the knowledge that the dog food companies thought my dogs needed to eat something that smelled like cat urine, I went promptly to my local supplier and purchased 20 pounds of raw chicken necks. I went out of town and decided that when I came back we’d go raw. While gone, I boarded my dogs at an exlusive pet resort for a week and when I returned home Monster was holding one of his ears off to the side. He didn’t want me to touch it and he pawed it constantly. We started the diet and I began cleaning his ear. I’ve read some stories about people having a hard time getting their dogs to eat the raw food, but I had never seen my so excited about dinner. It was really fun to see them enjoying their food. Monster’s appetite showed the most significant improvement, but it was obvious that the other two thought that chicken was really something special. Monster’s stool improved immediately.

Several days later I took Monster to the vet and they cultured the ear. Four or Five days later, the vet called to say that Monster’s culture came back as MRSA. My heart stopped as I took in all the information he gave me. Then I realized that my dog’s ear already looked remarkably better. I searched the internet to find someone familiar with treating MRSA and became more and more concerned. No one had anything encouraging to say about it. I made some calls and found a vet that said she’d had some success treating MRSA and made an appointment for a second opinion.

Suddenly I became concerned that I could harm my “immunosupressed” dog with this raw diet. At the very moment I was pondering whether or not I should start cooking my dogs’ food for dinner that night, Kim returned my voice mail from the day before. With her encouragement I did not change my dogs’ diet. When we went for our second opinion, the first comment the vet made was, “ This looks like a healthy, well-cared for dog to me. I like what I see. ” After inquiring about his nutrition, she told me that while she is not necessarily an advocate for the BARF diet, she has seen it work wonders for some dogs - specifically, dogs that suffer from staph infections. She went on to say that Monster’s ears were beautiful and showed no sign of infection. She checked his skin (no longer flaky) and said it looked great. No discharge from his eyes. She said EXACTLY what Kim said: “ You’re already doing the best thing you can do for your dog. Don’t change a thing. I would only suggest adding green tripe to his diet.”

Of course I will watch him closely, however I am ecstatic with his present condition and with having found a vet who supports his diet.

Kim, again, I cannot thank you enough for the encouragement you have given me. Please keep in touch.

Warmest regards

PS Just heard back from the vet and his blood work is “perfect”!!
Oh and by the way, my rat terrier, Comet had a baby tooth that never came out. The old vet had recommended removing it surgically (to the tune of $250) because of all the problems it would cause. After eating raw meaty bones for 3 weeks, it just fell out by itself!!!

WOOF! The proof is in the MEAT & BONES!
Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, raw meaty bones day, WOOF!

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