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Journal of Animal Science Article Full Summary, Volume 98, Issue 6, June 2020

June 16, 2020

By Nicole R. Cammack

BACKGROUND & HISTORY OF DCM INVESTIGATION In June of 2018, Lisa Freeman, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist from Tufts University published a blog titled “A broken heart: Risk of heart disease in boutique or grain-free diets and exotic ingredients.” This blog warned pet owners and veterinarians that ‘BEG’ (boutique, exotic, grain free) diets were causing heart disease in dogs. This left professionals and the public scrambling for more information, which was further fueled by media frenzy. As a result, the FDA launched an investigation which was complicated by sampling bias, overrepresentation of subgroups and confounding variables. For the past two years,...


Summary Journal of Animal Science Article, Volume 98, Issue 6, June 2020

June 16, 2020

By Nicole R. Cammack

In 2018 a blog from a veterinary nutritionist sparked a controversy between ‘BEG’ diets and heart disease in dogs. For the past two years, despite an FDA investigation, scarce and vague scientific data has created major issues for pet owners and the pet industry. For clarity, ‘BEG’ diets are known as Boutique, Exotic protein or Grain Free. A recent article published in the Journal of Animal Science titled, “Review of canine dilated cardiomyopathy in the wake of diet-associated concerns” that appeared to be a saving grace for many advocates of ‘BEG’ diets. This paper investigated a potential association between grain-free...


AVMA, Nutrition & (lack of) Ethics

May 24, 2020

By Nicole R. Cammack

How many times have you heard a veterinarian or the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) preach that those who are not veterinarians should not be giving nutritional advice?  Probably more than a few times. Interesting, maybe the AVMA should take their own advice before distributing an unvalidated, unscientific internet blog. Or, maybe they should rise to meet their own ethics pillars when disseminating information which is unable to withstand basic scientific scrutiny. In short, this is a scientific body distributing subpar work that would get a student ejected from any reputable undergraduate or graduate program. Figure 1 AVMA member email dated May...


Is Goat’s Milk Good for my Pet?

May 5, 2020

By Nicole R. Cammack

As a supplement, raw goat milk has nutritional benefits for your dog or cat. Many owners add it to kibble, canned and raw food for supplemental nutrition and extra moisture. Most goat milk for companion animal consumption does not go through pasteurization, meaning it also contains naturally occurring good microbes (probiotics) which may be beneficial for common digestive problems. However, with lack of pasteurization it is important to note that there may be increased risk of pathogens as well.1 In this blog we’ll take a closer look at the evidence and lack of evidence supporting the use of raw goat milk...


Pandemic: Raw food Affordability & Considerations for Switching to Kibble

May 4, 2020

By Nicole R. Cammack

Many pet owners are facing shrinking budgets due to job losses, layoffs, and minimal hours. A lot of raw and canned petfood feeding households are making the switch to kibble or supplementing with kibble. For many avid raw feeders, this is a tough thing to consider. However, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some things to consider: Look for a lower carbohydrate kibble.  To calculate the percentage of carbohydrates, add together the percentage of protein, fat, moisture, fiber, and ash.  Commonly ash is not listed on the label, so you can estimate it to be at about 6-8%....


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