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The Mother of All Pet Lectures

 

For all pet-lovers in the Pittsburgh area, I’ll be speaking from Noon – 2 PM this Sunday (Mother’s Day) at the 2017 PetCon Expo at the Washington County Fairgrounds. My topics are nutrition and integrative medicine. Join me, and bring your mom!

 

PETCON EXPOS

 

 

 

 

Special Presentation July 31

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‘Paws, Claws, & Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling’

Healthy Pet Products is excited to present, “Paws, Claws, and Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling.” This full day event will feature industry experts who will be discussing the importance of what and how we feed our pets, what it means to be your pet’s advocate, and how to navigate through pet food ingredients. We will explore the benefits of holistic healing, the science behind food as medicine, how pet foods are prepared, and why we must continue as their advocates!

Our all-star lineup features local and national experts in the fields of holistic veterinary medicine, food science, industry regulations, and consumer advocacy:

Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic
Roxanne Stone of Answers Pet Food
Billy Hoekman of Answers Pet Food
Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food
Marty Hudak Roos of Nature’s Variety Pet Food

Where: The Dog Stop
2530 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When: Sunday, July 31, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Why: We love

Tickets:
$75.00 VIP seating
$50.00 General Admission
To register, visit http://www.wpahumane.com/events

We are proud to partner with our friends at the Dog Stop for this fundraising event to support the efforts of the Western PA Humane Society.

*VIP ticket guests will be invited to a special coffee hour with some of our guest speakers, priority seating, and individual gift bags.

Lunch to be provided.

The Natural/Holistic Pet Food Myth

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Most pet foods that claim to be “natural” or “holistic” are indeed not! All you need to do is look at the official definitions of these terms to understand what I’m saying.

The standards for pet food labels are set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO’s definition of natural is:

“a feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources, either in its unprocessed state or having been subject to physical processing, heat processing, rendering, purification, extraction, hydrolysis, enzymolysis or fermentation, but not having been produced by or subject to a chemically synthetic process and not containing any additives or processing aids that are chemically synthetic except in amounts as might occur unavoidably in good manufacturing practices.”

I don’t know about you but that does not sound very natural. Besides, AAFCO only addresses the naturalness of ingredient processing. The statement says nothing about how natural it is for a pet to consume specific ingredients.

For example, it is totally unnatural for dogs and cats to consume grains. However, if the grains are processed according to AAFCO’s definition of natural, a pet food containing them can call itself natural.

My definition of natural nutrition is:

“A diet consisting of ingredients that a particular species has evolutionarily adapted to eat with the macronutrient (protein, fat, and carbs) and micronutrient (vitamins and phyto-nutrients) balance that is ideal for their health.”

Such a diet is by definition a balanced, raw food diet. No dog or cat evolved eating kibble or canned food.

The concept of a “holistic” pet food makes no sense whatsoever. The term holistic means that it addresses body, mind, and spirit. All pet foods address the body. I suppose some might have ingredients that affect the brain and thus could be said to address the mind. However, no pet food addresses spirit.

AAFCO has no definition for the word holistic so any pet food company can use it as they wish. Basically, if you see a pet food labeled as holistic it means that the pet food manufacturer thinks that they can sell more food by slapping that word on the label.

Don’t be fooled by pet food labels with their trendy words. Now that holistic medicine is starting to catch on, everyone is trying to cash in. The only natural pet food is a balanced, raw diet.

Do you feed a truly natural diet?