Do Veterinary Associations Support Pet Food Nutrition?

Pet food nutrition – Is this important to veterinarians?

In recent months, four veterinary associations have supported a policy against raw meat pet food.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have joined with the two largest veterinary associations in the United States in establishing this policy.

The only commercial pet food singled out was raw meat pet food.  Many consumers,   Pet Food Nutritioncompanies, and veterinarians oppose this policy. 

I read a good article on the excellent blog,  It is entitled, “Does AVMA, AAHA Support This in Pet Foods?”  It is written by Susan Thixton.

Ms. Thixton asks some great questions.  What about some of the horrible ingredients that go into some pet food?.  She asks about euthanized animals used in some pet food.  Diseased animals and animal parts are reported to go into some food.  “Mold and filth contaminated ingredients” are also found in pet food.

But there is no policy against these terrible ingredients set forth by these veterinary associations.  Are they saying that these ingredients are acceptable?

Here is a quote from the article:

Where are the AVMA and AAHA policies against euthanized animal pet food ingredients?  Where are the AVMA and AAHA policies against diseased animal pet food ingredients?  And where are the AVMA and AAHA policies against filth or chemical contaminated pet food ingredients or manure animal food ingredients?  Are your corporate partnerships or sponsors more important than animal health?

This is very simple.  Dear AVMA and AAHA, now it is time to ‘put your money where your mouth is.’  Quality nutrition is a basic foundation of good health.  If you truly care about the health of animals, you will promptly develop policies against rendered diseased animals in pet food, rendered euthanized animals in pet food, and filth or chemical contamination in pet food.

Now, because you’ve entered the pet food arena, it is time that your organizations send representatives to AAFCO meetings.  If you truly care about animal health, your organizations will speak against rendered waste ingredients to AAFCO and FDA.

You no longer can sit back and ignore what is really going on in pet food and animal food.  You are ‘out there’ now.  Now it is time to see just how serious the AVMA and AAHA really is about animal health.  So what’s it going to be?  Are you going to work for your corporate sponsors or are you going to work for animal health?  We’re waiting to see what matters more to your organizations.

The entire article can be found here.  I encourage you to read it.

These associations have waded into the pet food nutrition discussion.  Therefore, they must address all areas of pet food nutrition, not just one.

My dogs have always been fed the best quality dog food.  They are extremely healthy.  We have complete trust in the company that makes this food and the veterinarian that formulates it.

How do you feel about pet food nutrition?  Thanks for any comments you want to leave.

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