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The bare facts on whether your dog should eat food in the rawConvinced that processed dog food was inappropriate and unhealthy, Ian Billinghurst, a small-animal veterinary surgeon based in Bathurst, New South Wales, began to ask himself a basic question: Should dogs be eating what their wolf and dog ancestors would have eaten? From this simple question, Billinghurst and his fellow Australian vet Tom Lonsdale went on to pioneer BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food), a radical departure from the canned food and kibble mainstay of the modern dog's fare harking back to a diet revolving around raw meaty bones
Last month, two leading pet-food manufacturers were forced to recall large batches of their dry food products from stores and distribution outlets throughout the US after a number were discovered to have unacceptably high levels of mycotoxins, the toxic and potentially carcinogenic byproducts of mould
If you suffer from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD, or GERD in the US), you'll probably have been prescribed a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a drug designed to stop the 'reflux'-the backflow of stomach acid up into the oesophagus-that characterizes the disorder
America has experienced a spate of virulent cases of food poisoning over the past several years, and scientists are convinced that irradiation is the most effective way of ridding foods of the causal bacteria such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli