The most common response I get when I state the importance of RAW for a Boerboel is “I’ve feed my other large breed dogs such and such and they’ve done fine”. While that may be true, the Boerboel breed seems to be highly susceptible to health issue when we feed/treat/prevent with our man-made formula’s. Why is this breed so sensitive to what other breeds seem to have adapted to? I don’t have a real answer for that, but if you look closely at our pets overall, you will see a huge rise in cancer, skin conditions, joint issues. Ect.
What I can tell you is this: Over the past 6 years I have consulted with more Boerboel owners than I can count regarding health issues. Most of the time it’s because their breeders do not have an answer for them. I have walked these owners through Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Joint problems, Severe skin/allergy issues, issues that veterinarians cannot define and even aggression issues. A few times it has been with my own puppy owners and hearing one of my own owners/puppies go through the devastation of something like this is heartbreaking to say the least. I want to do everything in my power to prevent any of my owners and puppies from these types of issues.
In each instance, the root cause has been come back to 3 major environmental factors: Processed food, vaccines and monthly preventatives. In each case I’ve walked the owners through detox, immediate change to RAW and natural remedies to monthly preventatives. In a few cases it was too late to reverse the damage done, but in most of the other cases, major improvements were seen in as little as four weeks with complete healing for many.
Food: While you might not see any negative outward affects of kibble on your puppy, the unseen is happening. Swollen joints cause incomplete closure of growth plates, ingredients that dogs would not naturally consume are building up in the digestive track causing inflammation which, in turn, causes IBS and other severe digestive issues. In time the body starts to reject the ‘foreign bodies’ and builds intolerances that are labelled as allergies.
Vaccines: Vaccines are live viruses being put into your dog’s system. Each time this is done their immune system is attacked. With every attack of the immune system, your dog has less ability to fight off viruses that he/she would naturally fight off and opens them up for health problems. The veterinary world has done a great job of scaring us into vaccinating our pets for unnecessary ‘bugs’. We will vaccinate for parvo/distemper once only. Same with rabies (and only where required by law). After that, titers need to be done so your dog is not over-vaccinated.
Monthly Preventatives: Again, these man-made concoctions destroy your dog’s immune system. If you do some research on the systemic flea/tick meds, you will see that thousands of dogs have developed epilepsy and even died from these products. One of my owners almost lost her BB last year due to one of these products. There are many safer alternatives.
I understand that it is often more cost affective and convenient to go with these man-made products/foods, but the reality is, that over the life of your dog, you will spend far less on veterinary expenses and your dog will live a longer, healthier life.
Below are some links that I hope you will find informational.
You can search the following websites for good, solid holistic approaches to just about anything.