Okay, I would really like to hear what you all think of this so-called report? The link was posted on another lab board, and I am finding this very hard to believe. Seems like a big scare tactic to get you to buy this book. Just a warning: there are some disturbing photos. Please post as to your feelings on this. Thank you
IMHO, It's a scare tactic only, and I might question whether this person has a link to PETA. I don't think there's anything anyone can do to extend our dogs' lives. As long as they're happy and healthy, that's about all we can do...Unless this person has a crystal ball, lol
Up until maybe 10 years ago, a number of pet foods used ethoxyquin in their dry foods to keep fats from becoming rancid. As studies accumulated showing some toxic effects from ethoxyquin, many?most? manufacturers discontinued using it.
As to the claim that by following the recommendations of the book that dogs' life spans can be extended "134%" -- I think that's hooey.
There are a number of recent studies that show that decreasing the daily calorie intake to 75% of normal results in significantly longer life span and significantly fewer health problems:
The first two links are reports of different results from the same study and as if it was recently done (actually it was published in JAVMA around 2003-4 or so). The first summary emphasizes the huge increase in longevity; the second the siginificant reduction in health problems.
I didn't read all of the links but I just wanted to say...before we knew better, we had GSD's & my husband had English Setters. We bought our dog food at the local feed store & I am sure it was not the highest quality. All of our dogs lived to be 15-16 years old. Then as we started researching dog food & wanted to get the best quality for our dogs....we got Shadow. She was fed a high quality dog food and at 9 1/2 she develooped leukemia.
It is just my opinion but I am now wondering if some of this is not genetics. I see some people feed terrible (in my opinion) dog foods & their dogs live well into the teens and these are big dogs. Then there are others who only feed the best food available & their dogs get cancer or other potentially life threatening illness.
Do you think it is possible that dogs, like humans, just have certain makeups that predispose them to disease? I know people who only eat the healthy foods, exercise, don't smoke or drink & still get cancer & other terminal illnesses.
If there truly was a way to extend my labs life.....I would be the first in line to get it.