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Most often asked question: What to feed my PON ?

 

 

In my fourteen years in PONS, I have noticed that the most often asked question that owners puzzle over, is one which involves PON diet. If anything excites PON lovers, this issue is among the top five on the list of controversies. Politics aside, deciding on an appropriate diet may mean the difference between a happy, healthy, symptom-free (minus vomiting, diarrhea, itchy skin; reddened, gunky ears; itchy face and chin; compulsive licking of the paws, etc.)  PON and one which is on a life long regimen of meds, high vet bills, and possibly even re-homing when an owner's patience and money become significantly reduced in this economy. 

 

What is the most scientific way to determine which diet is best for your beloved PON ? There are certain basic principles which need to be followed in an owner's quest for the best possible diet:

*  Owners need to do their own research and think independently. Following the advice of those who have an agenda may not necessarily be beneficial to the health of your family PON.

*  Consult with your veterinarian and breeder if possible. Listen to their advice and then exchange information and research with long time, experienced PON owners. Consult veterinary reports on the dangers of following certain diets.

* Your PON'S general health, age, and life style need to be taken into consideration.  If possible, inquire about your PON's litter mates and parents. Which diets have they followed and why were they put on specific diets ? What is the status of their current health?

What about your own life style ? Do you have the time and skills to craft an individual diet or is it necessary to offer commercial food ?

Once you have established basic principles to guide you along in your decision, you need to inform your self of the basics of canine nutrition (by reading up on the subject) and  conducting a comparison of available food on the market.  If you have decided to offer your PON commercial dog food, you need to be able to intelligently read and understand food labels.  The following link may help guide you along with this task:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=labelinfo101

Although grains are not in themselves, a "bad ingredient" , it has been noticed that many PONS are known to have reacted to wheat grains  and may benefit from being offered dog foods that are formulated with non-grain sources of carbohydrates.

Please click on the following link for a partial listing of grain-free dog foods:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=grain_free

Objective (Scientific) PON owners will appreciate the following article on Pet Nutrition Principles, which includes a section on bones (with a link to actual cases of bone obstruction and issues involving the food value of bones).

http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/nbasics.html

The above reference did not discuss the high levels of bacteria found in raw foods. Please consult:

http://pondigest.tripod.com/healthreports.html

This page contains:

February 15, 2006, Vol. 228, No. 4, Pages 537-542
doi: 10.2460/javma.228.4.537


Evaluation of bacterial and protozoal contamination of commercially available raw meat diets for dogs.

 

 

 

In summary, the quest for the best PON diet involves a wide range of factors, and what works for major power brokers in the breed, may not work well for the health and well being of your PON.  Do your own research and try and become an independent thinker. Just think.....will those brokers be there for you when disaster strikes ? If you have additional questions, please shoot us an email. Consult your family vet for all major health care decisions.