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keto diet.. to feed or not
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2 July 2018 - 12:42 pm
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My holistic vet is very big on the keto diet,.. My onco vet,, who is well known in the US, ( name withheld) is not a fan.. Here is his post to my inquiry on keto programs

, I have been doing nutrition research for 35 years. About every 3-5 years, a novel fad comes around and everyone jumps on the band wagon. There are often no data to prove that the diet works in dogs, cats or people. Follow the money. If the people promoting the diet are making money because of it, it should be regarded with suspicion. 
The ketogenic diet is being hyped by people who actually make me look like I endorse it. I do not, at least not til good studies have been done to prove its efficacy. The reality is that it is nearly impossible to push dogs into ketosis. The “keto pet sanctuary” are a group who are funded by a rich person….but they do not have the credentials, background and funding to do a double blind, randomized, placebo controlled study to prove that the keto diet works. 
Red meats and red meat fats are not ideal for you, me or your kid!
I’m thinking,,, ( limited knowledge.. etc) that the keto kibbles have very low carbs… which might be good for osteos.. I might get a keto low carb kibble and instead of using hi fat meats for ketogenesis,.. continue with my routine of lean turkey chicken beef  etc…  thoughts on this??  ( I sent this idea to my onco vet for his opinion)
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This is so frustrating, isn’t it? There are so many opinions it makes a new osteo diagnosis feel more overwhelming than it already is. My dog just had an amputation two days ago so i am very new to this whole thing. But we have started using Dr.Harveys Paradigm food for a ketogenic diet, and I feel good about it. My dog likes it and it is nothing if not nutrient packed. We add lean meats. Low carb does not equal high fat to us. There are $4 samples on the website. We also are using a whole regimine of turkey tail, mushroom elixer, life Gold, hemp leaf and probiotics/yogurt/whey in addition to distilled water and diatemaceous Earth. Yes, we’ve gone off the deep end..

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15 July 2018 - 11:32 am
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are you buying the distilled water?  I was suggested to use alkalne water from a holistic vet..  I’m able to get it for $14.00 per 5 gallon. ( the well is near where I live in CA. 

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 Yes, we are using only distilled water. For absolutely everything, including making the bone broth, boiling an egg if we want to hard boil, etc. Now I am just so torn if I want to stay on the ketogenic  diet hard core, or give him some kibble, but really high quality/air dried  (Expensive) That the holistic person I’m working with recommended. At this point, I may just wind up making everything myself and supplementing with the paradigm food.

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Fyi. Started buying ketona.  low carbohydrate .. Less than  8%

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18 July 2018 - 8:12 pm
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Please keep in touch with what your info vet thinks. I’m curious. I think we are going to stick with a ketogenic diet, but modified and mostly homemade. We use only one scoop of Paradigm food, add some rich greens that I cooked up, and mix in a variety of meats. We also give yogurt, whey.. so far, he’s a happy boy! Good luck to you. 

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