A new report from Sarah Whitman finds commercial pet food carries numerous risks and is not a safe choice. Sarah’s 16-page report entitled, “Commercial v. Homemade Dog Diets: Why Homemade Wins” outlines results from numerous existing studies, cases and findings linking commercial pet food with a range of problems. The paper’s Abstract is below. Contact Sarah for the full report.
Commercial vs. Homemade Diets for Dogs: Why Homemade Wins
Diet is an important aspect of an animal’s health, and striving for high quality and safety is a fundamental aspect to establishing feeding protocols. A look into the status of commercial pet foods indicates a diet consisting of human-grade foods is inherently safer than a diet of commercial foods. This is due to in part to numerous risk factors present in commercial pet foods, including mislabeling, contamination from bacterial, viral, chemical and drug sources, inappropriate nutrient content, breed-specific complications and potential long-term effects of feeding foods containing phytoestrogen-containing soy (Cerundolo et al. 2004).
Currently, the level and range of information available to pet owners and veterinary professionals is sparse, despite an increasing demand (Remillard 2008). Therefore, education is paramount to the success of advocating and executing a home-cooked diet. This paper reports on results of studies focusing on specific risks and threats within commercial pet food, specifically dog foods. It also highlights the need for additional information in the public and professional sectors. Further, this paper notes the pitfalls of enacting a “one-size-fits-all” dietary approach to the canine diet, and seeks to clarify the most essential approaches needed to educate and empower caretakers to seek and execute beneficial and safe diets for their dogs. Studies and reports from universities, veterinary schools and clinics, law schools, governmental regulatory agencies and independent websites were reviewed.