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Pet Food Misinformation with Dr. Lisa Freeman

Dr. Lisa Freeman and Steve Dale on Petfoodlogy


Steve Dale with Dr. Lisa Freeman on Petfoodology

Dr. Lisa Freeman

What’s marketing and what’s true about our pet foods? I talk with veterinary nutritionist Dr. Lisa Freeman, professor of clinical nutrition at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about pet food misinformation.

Freeman says there’s SO much misinformation, often deriving from the Internet. And this can be downright dangerous. One example, is a heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy. This mostly occurs in cats when they don’t’ receive enough of an essential amino acid called taurine in their diets. Manufactured pet foods should certainly have enough taurine, but doing it yourself at home you may not know about this. so dilated cardiomyopathy – which should never happen with a proper diet – is occurring.  Freeman is seeing unbalanced recipes, or websites supporting diet instead of medicine for treating various illnesses. Steve Dale and Dr. Lisa Freeman on Petfoodology

One GREAT source of information is a website from Tufts called Petfoodology

Understand all individuals are just that – individuals, a diet should be geared for an individual pet, which your veterinarian can comment on.

Freeman warns: BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT SITES THAT RATE PET FOODS. It’s because they rate based on myth not fact, and may perpetuate pet food misinformation.

Foodfoodology’s blog regarding FDA alert on grain free diets.

Dr. Freeman agrees dogs are not wolves, and should not be fed like wolves.


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