Dr. John, I am starting this thread to serve as a platform for me to ask you random, various questions about animal care. I can see your other thread getting long, and possibly confusing to you. Not that I won't participate in any other thread in this forum, rather, just an attempt on my part to organize a small portion of this arena. I will hence forth post any direct questions towards you here. Some may be just questions. Some may be questions followed by my thoughts, opinions, and/or any speculation on my part. Maybe it will be useful. If not, eh, it's conversation. So, this question will deal with animal nutrition. I sell about 10 30# cases of chicken backs a month to a lady who then chops and feeds them to her many dogs. She cites that canines are inherently carnivorous, and raw, unadulterated meat is the most healthy meal they can have. I'm not a nutritionist, or an expert to any degree in animal science, but I disagree with her logic for a few reasons. Mainly, it is my belief that canines are omnivorous, not carnivorous. From what I've read, and watched about wild canines, they will hunt and kill mostly herbivores, and routinely eat the contents of there stomach and intestines...which is mostly grass, fat, and blood. They also eat a variety of grasses right off the ground. I'm not saying they don't eat meat, just that they don't eat meat exclusively. Also, I don't even know how much comparison can be made between wild dogs, wolves, and domestic dogs in terms of their diet. I just don't believe the whole 'dogs are carnivorous' idea. I also don't believe that the Science Diet that I feed my dog is the best she can have either. I mostly feed her the same thing day in, day out for behavioural reasons, and for sanitation reasons being an inside dog. Her food is also specialized due to potential obesity reasons, and possible food allergies. I like to feed her diet food made with lamb and rice. Do you think her diet and logic is correct? She has had a relatively high mortality rate in the pups at times, but blames that on the required vaccinations. Do you think that an improper diet, like strictly raw meat, could contribute the the mortality of the pups, if not adult dogs as well?