Pet Food Myths: Busted!
I can’t get nutrition off my mind since attending the conference early February. It opened my eyes, and hopefully yours too!
- “Had a recall” is NOT a bad thing. This means they were testing, and that they were being honest with the public (voluntary recalls don’t always require public notification) Yay!
- Grain allergies are very uncommon. Grain is NOT a filler - it is nutritious and substitutes are actually worse for your pet. Obesity is made worse by increasing fats.
- Don’t get distracted by presentation labels and fancy ingredient lists. These can be doctored to look and sound better than they really are! Remember: By-products aren’t always bad!
- Still read the bag! Just pay attention to things like the nutritional adequacy statement, manufacturers name and contact information. Do they say it is a complete and balanced diet? If it doesn’t say “feeding trial” it was not fed to pets. Beware “all life stages” diets – this is FALSE!
- Ask if the company has a true veterinary PhD nutritionist, who contributes to their own research and development. Do they manufacture it themselves or is it largely outsourced? How is the quality control?
- Raw diets are usually NOT balanced and contaminated with nasty bacteria. Unlike coyotes, our pets live close with us and some even share our beds!
- Do not worry about gluten allergies. If your dog has food sensitivities it is most likely caused by the protein.
- Terms like “holistic”, “does not contain by-products”, “all life stages” have no meaning. They are marketing terms.
- Pet supplements and vitamins are NOT needed if you feed a balanced diet In fact, beware. Toxicity can occur and there is usually very little evidence of efficacy.
- Trustworthy pet nutrition sites, reiterated from the last blog:
Please don't get blinded by flashy marketing!