I’m amazed at how often I read of people with lame dogs. They are either on crate rest or being examined by regular veterinarians and specialists alike. I can count on one hand the number of times that Gel has been lame, always in his front end. I’ve never had to put him on crate rest. He was lame once since he started homeopathic treatment and a re-dose of his constitutional remedy corrected it immediately. Fern was lame in the front end once for a day. As I’ve mentioned before, the rear end hitch that Gel was exhibiting went away after he had been treated homeopathically.
The quantity of meat protein in most brands of kibble is low. Much of the protein listed on the label is coming from the grain ingredients. Even the grainfree brands of kibble contain non-meat ingredients which contribute to the percentage of protain in the food. The meat in all commercial dog food, kibble or canned, is cook. Cooking reduces the bioavailability of the protein in meat. A dog consuming a kibble diet, even if it is a high quality brand, is consuming as much protein as a dog on a raw diet.
In an excerpt from article, “Some Nutritional Problems in Dogs”, page 32-33 written by DS Kronfeld, states: “No lower limit or minimal requirement for carbohydrate has been established in the dogs. Ketosis and associated sodium depletion occur in humans suddenly shifted to low carbohydrate diets. Dogs are much more resistant than humans to ketosis when fasted and fed 100% fat. Sled dogs fed a high fat (66% energy) and zero carbohydrate diet at twice maintenance has very low blood levels of acetoacetate and betahydroxybutyrate 3 and 9 weeks. There is no evidence that dogs have an essential nutrient requirement for glucose, using nutrient in the strict sense of something assimilated from the diet. Tissue utilization of glucose accounts for about 25% of the total resting metabolism in dogs and other animals. Clearly this can be synthesized from nutrient precursors of glucose, (e.g. amino acids and glycerol, in dogs fed zero carbohydrate). In this respect, dogs resemble ruminants, chicks, rats, and cats. Even in man, the metabolic changes that immediately follow dietary intake of carbohydrate deprivation abate with time. Thus, there is no minimal daily intake of carbohydrates recommended for man. It has been suggested that some unassimilated carbohydrate is beneficial mechanically in facilitating regular bowel movements. Regularity is synonymous with health in the eyes of anally-oriented people. The anthropomorphic projection of this ideal to dogs has no established medical basis. The small, foul smelling and infrequent productions of a dog fed a low fiber diet may be less desirable than the bulky, relatively pleasant herbivore-like scatterings of dogs fed high fiber diets. Or they may be more desirable. This is a matter of esthetics.”
Carbohydrates (be they from grains or vegetables) are in kibble as a means to hold the ingredients together. For whatever benefit a dog may obtain from carbohydrates, pet food manufacturers might as well switch to Elmer’s glue to hold the ingredients together.