My next guest blog comes from Emma Suiter who is a third year vetinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in London discussing the future of pedigree dogs in the veterinary industry as a vet nurse, dog handler and overall dog lover. She has recently been appointed to be a Health Representative for her breed, the Kooikerhondje (yes, I did spell that right) and not to mention the youngest health rep The Kennel Club has ever had – quite an achievement!
As a result I was keen to know her thoughts on the overall health of pedigree dogs as a whole and the tasks we face in future.
Enough of me though, find out what she has to say here.
Statistics reveal that there have been 18 deaths from dog attacks in the UK since 2005 and that number will rise. I don’t think there ever seems to be a month that goes by without some sort of hysteria fuelled by the media. Hysteria that causes both dog owners and non-dog owners to demand knee-jerk reactions, more regulations, restrictions and biased views on various breeds and dogs in general.
The media thrives on controversy and lets be honest, without it they wouldn’t sell papers. What often follows the stories is assumptions about causes and a public demand to ensure that these cases never happen again. Then the MPs hear those concerns and quite rightly, decide to act. Frankly, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a single solution to these problems? Sadly the reality is that as a result they are mostly just making legislations that are not fit for purpose and patchwork messes. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, I’m looking at you!
The past few years I’ve been doing a fair bit of research into dog food, learning about proteins and essential nutrients and it’s a topic I didn’t want to write about until I could get facts and opinions from both sides of the ‘debate’. That is, to feed raw or not to feed raw?
I understand this is a very controversial subject many dog owners are rather passionate about, some on the other hand may never have heard of raw diets at all. I’m not looking for a concrete answer but I’m genuinely interested to hear your thoughts and opinions on the matter because part 2 of this feature will includea poll and discussion page so everybody can have their say.
Before I go into my thoughts on the matter, I’ll briefly go through some of the pros and cons of raw and kibble along with some interesting statements. These points are based on the testimonies of four people with different material interests in different diets as well as things which I was taught during my apprenticeship. However, this is NOT a scientific list and includes just a few opinions to get us started. As it stands, and as far as I’m aware, there is no conclusive scientific research. I would love to hear from anybody but particularly people who are trained in nutrition or who can present a relatively unbiased view!
At the bottom is a gallery of everyone’s submitted pictures of their dogs eating. I needed one for a featured picture and the response I got was overwhelming so I wanted to show everybody off!