I'd like to share a conversation that happened in my clinic recently:
"If you had to, what kibble would you feed your dogs?"
"I would never feed kibble to my dogs."
"But if you HAD to, no other choice."
"That's not a real life situation; there's always other choices."
"Ok... thennn... if it was the END of the WORLD...?!?"
"If it was the end of the world and my dogs and I were still alive but ran out of food, I'd have to turn into a hunter/gatherer to survive, so my dogs would get REALLY fresh raw then! Certainly kibble processing plants would be unable to run at that time."
I'm not sure my client was happy with my answer!
She feeds raw and was asking for someone else. I'm pretty sure she knew I wouldn't budge, but still tried.
This isn't the first time a conversation like this has occurred. People want an answer, but it's not going to happen from me. Why? I made a decision a while back that I want the best for my patients, and that means taking myself completely out of the kibble world, as I feel it would be a disservice on my part to lead people to the "best" of the worst foods for their pet.
There are plenty of other pet resources out there who would gladly give a kibble recommendation to those looking for it. If a client needs that answer, I am positive they can find it elsewhere - no problem. I will not take part for any consequences from feeding such food.
Keep in mind, besides being a carnivore nutrition consultant, I am also an animal chiropractor. Do I have chiropractic patients that are not on raw? Yes. They are seeking my chiropractic services, not nutrition. Does diet come up? Yes. I explain my views and why, how it benefits dogs and cats, what I feed my dogs, etc., but as the owner of their pet, they make the final decision. I never would force anything on my clients, whether food, harnesses, toys, etc. It's my job to share my knowledge; it's their job to be their pet's best advocate and decide what to do with it.
Anyone who has asked me about kibble will tell you that I do not offer support on processed diets because I know processed diets do not allow for optimal health. Sometimes when I explain this, that I feel recommending a processed food is doing them a disservice, they realize that it could be contributing to their dog's problems, that they won't heal as quickly on a processed diet, or that just like if they (the owner) can't be healthy by eating fast food or cereal every meal of each day, their dog couldn't be fully healthy with a processed diet either. From continuing my education into carnivore nutrition and educating on the topic, I have had a lot of clients decide to switch their dog(s) or cat(s) to raw and it makes me REALLY happy to see all the great changes... and they are usually quite happy too!