Error Found in University Pet Food Study

A most excellent article!

As always, I caution all readers: Home preparing your dog’s diets is not a case of simply slapping whole foods in a bowl and calling it good. If done wrong, the negative effects listed in this article can occur.

A little commentary here:

There is an error in the article that needs discussion:

While board certified nutritionists are employed by commercial food companies, not all are. The problem with those that aren’t is they won’t deal with pet owners directly, only with vets (at least all contacts I have made have been that way). But if your vet won’t even submit your diets for review, heck, if your vet doesn’t even review your diets him or herself, you’re on your own.

Additionally, only vets and vet techs can get certification at their respective levels from the Board of Veterinary Nutritionists. What I find odd is that a tech who is only required to have a GED before taking the 18 month tech course is eligible for continuing education, but I, with my 4 year undergraduate college degrees which include college level biologies, chemistries, etc. (required for vet school admission), am not.

A personal communication concerning the possibility of an exemption, which included my college transcripts, or the suggestion of an undergraduate degree offering was met with the response that only those properly trained in the veterinary field (vets or techs) are suitable for such education, and that it would be inappropriate for the general public to receive same.

Getting into, or information from, the Illuminati would be easier than getting the same from the American College of Veterinary Nutritionists!

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Oops! Big Error Found in University Pet Food Study

You might recall a study released by UC Davis last year claiming most home prepared diets fail to provide all the nutrients a dog needs. Warnings were all over the news advising consumers to ONLY feed their pet a meal balanced by a board certified nutritionist (otherwise known as commercial pet food) – based on this ‘study’. Well…as it turns out, the study appears to have a significant error (…I believe more than one).

The UC Davis press release on the study that bashed home cooking for pets stated:

“Some owners prefer to prepare their dogs’ food at home because they feel they have better control over the animals’ diet, want to provide a more natural food or simply don’t trust pet food companies,” said Jennifer Larsen, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the William R. Pritchard…

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