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legume proteins. They are an affront to the notion of a natural, biologically appropriate raw food diet for both dogs and cats. If you think raw-feeding might be an option, go online to the Our BerkshireTimes magazine archive and read the article about raw-feeding on pages 18-19 of the Autumn 2018 vol. 50 issue. That will get you started with some myth-busting facts.

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Caveat Emptor When you’re evaluating a pet food, remember that ingredients on a pet food label are listed by weight, and that a named meat, poultry, or fish on the label is listed with its water weight included unless it is listed as a meat meal, poultry meal, or fish meal. Using water weight to their advantage while fractionating (splitting up the weights of) dried grains, legumes, and potatoes, allows a pet food company to include far more plant protein than animal or fish protein, even though the named meat, poultry, or fish appears first on the ingredient panel. As such, a pet food may appear, with meat, poultry, or fish as the first ingredient(s), to have a high inclusion of animal or fish protein, but, in reality, an overwhelming amount of plant protein may dominate.

And One More Word . . . The FDA’s initial July 2018 alert sparked a great deal of concern and discussion among pet owners and throughout the pet food industry. Fueled by the fact that the initial FDA statement revealed little by way of substantive information, speculation was rampant and tensions and tempers flared. The FDA was accused of colluding with the big grain Big Pet Food manufacturers, and those Big Pet Food manufacturers certainly did not waste the opportunity to ride full throttle over their grain-free competitors. It’s been nasty out there. But in all of the back-and-forth, I found one rebuke to be particularly appropriate. After a commentary on the FDA alert found its way into publication in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a preeminent veterinary hematologist issued a sharp reprimand to the quintet of veterinary nutritionists responsible for the commentary. In delivering her scolding to the group for its characterization of the issues under review as a problem with “boutique, exotic, grain-free” diets, she denounced their “BEG” acronym as inflammatory rhetoric and observed, “Again, there is too much narrowcasting. We need to broaden our view and think about DCM and nutrition more holistically.” Some months after the initial FDA alert, an FDA official characterized the initial alert as a mechanism for the FDA to solicit more information from veterinary cardiologists who might have information to share, but that message translated into a rather oblivious accounting of the FDA’s actions considering the tailspin the alert has created, and which the FDA should have anticipated. ~ Kristina “Tina” Dow is sole proprietor of BensDotter’s Pet, a retail pet supply store in Great Barrington, MA. www.bensdotters.com

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