Grain Free Kibble and Heart Disease… the science of kibble-borne disease

Written by Chelsea Kent Recent reports have been associating grain-free kibble products with an increase in incidence of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in breeds that historically have never been diagnosed with this disease.  In theory, the high levels of lectins found in legumes and non-grain binding ingredients are inhibiting conversion of taurine from cysteine. As dogs are… Continue reading Grain Free Kibble and Heart Disease… the science of kibble-borne disease

“Complete and Balanced” vs “For Intermittent and Supplemental Feeding Only” – what it really means

AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) was established over 100 years ago. Only about 35 years ago AAFCO realized that commercially available pet foods were significantly deficient in health-sustaining nutrients, leading to the addition of synthetic vitamin and mineral pre-mixes in commercial pet food products. (1) This supplemental requirement was intended to meet the minimum nutritional requirements to… Continue reading “Complete and Balanced” vs “For Intermittent and Supplemental Feeding Only” – what it really means

AAFCO is looking to change the name “by-product”

AAFCO is currently in the process of trying to find a new name for "by-products." This is because they are aware that consumers feel that by-products are unacceptable and/or undesirable. Rather than eliminating by-products (which consists of all the questionable and unwanted products from other industries) they are simply seeking to change the name so… Continue reading AAFCO is looking to change the name “by-product”

“Wheat” as a product – AAFCO Definition

Like any bureaucracy, AAFCO definitions and documentation can be tedious and lengthy. That's why I allotted several hours to the task of tackling the AAFCO definition of the additive and ingredient "wheat." But, in this case I was surprised to find... AAFCO Publication: Page 626 Index: "Wheat" ......... page 387, page.... wait, what?  One page? … Continue reading “Wheat” as a product – AAFCO Definition