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Posted on 03-02-2018

Nutrition plays a key role in the health of our pets.  The food that you choose can have an impact on your pet’s hair coat, dental health, immunity and of course gastrointestinal health.  So, with so many pet foods out there how do we, as veterinary professionals, go about recommending a good diet for your pet? 

First, we start with something called the AFFCO statement. There are two different statements that can be used.  One says that the food follows the nutrient guidelines, while the other says that the food has been tested in food trials and fulfills these guidelines.  As scientists ourselves, we almost always prefer that what we are giving our pets not only follows guidelines, but also has been tested.  If you have more questions about AFFCO visit their fact sheet here http://talkspetfood.affco.org/faq

Another way that we evaluate foods is from past performance of that brand.  We are constantly monitoring the pet food market for recalls and do not recommend foods that have been recalled on more than one occasion.

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