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Commercial dog food

Wednesday May 27th, 2009

By Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim

Question:

Are grocery-store brand dog foods as nutritious as they claim to be?

Answer:

All wet and dry commercial foods ought to promote good health, as all are supposed to meet the same AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) nutrition standards. The big commercial companies test the products to make sure they have all the nutrients they need to support growth, reproduction, and good health, but as we learned from the recent pet food recall, mistakes do happen. If you're concerned about your dog getting the right nutrients, ask your veterinarian for a recommendation.

Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, and professor of sociology at New York University, while Malden Nesheim is a professor of nutritional sciences and provost emeritus at Cornell University. They are the food editors of Bark magazine and are currently writing a book entitled What Pets Eat.

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