Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
W.B. Yeats, 1865 -1938, The Second Coming.
This poem was written in 1919 but has been quoted more often since the beginning of 2016 than in the previous 30 – 40 years. The reason for that of course is that we live in an age of post-truth or “alternative facts”. Visitors to this parish will be well aware of my thoughts on the post-truth/alternative facts used by raw feeders and their passionate intensity..
This has come to the surface again as a result of a BBC Radio Scotland piece about the potential health hazards of feeding raw meat to dogs and cats. This is not new; the World Small Animal Veterinary Association advised against raw feeding back in 2015.
Having said that, I’ve never highlighted, far less dwelt on the question of potential health hazards. My attention has been on the - to me - spurious and fanciful attempts to justify raw feeding on grounds that it is biologically appropriate, that grains cause allergies, that dogs and cats cant digest grains and so on.
I’ve recently received a torrent of criticism and even abuse from raw feeders who clearly are ”factually challenged” on the finer points of pet health and nutrition. This stands in stark contrast with the pet owners who actually feed Burns and sing its praises. Even today, I’ve heard from someone who tells me that blood tests show that his Border Collie is now free of diabetes, something the vet has never experienced before. And it’s all down to Burns food.
This is not particularly surprising to me. I believe that in my professional life I have done more to promote and improve pet health through my work as a pet food manufacturer than I ever achieved working as a vet in practice.
Don't just take my word for it, though. Take a look at some of the positive reviews we receive (names and pictures protected for anonymity) on a regular basis from owners who have been feeding Burns for years:
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