What does your vet really know?

The truth is, much of the nutrition advice that so many veterinarians provide is either misleading or just plain wrong.

Veterinarians lack nutrition training

Veterinarians spend a relatively paltry amount of time studying nutrition compared to their extensive training in surgery, diagnosis, and drug prescription. Veterinary schools often do not even require nutrition courses to graduate, offering only elective courses if at all.

Clear conflict of interest

The only curriculum provided, for the only nutrition course required, at any veterinary college in the US, is from the Mark Morris Institute. Who is Mark Morris? The founder of Hill's Science Diet.

From the time they begin their studies, vet students are surrounded by materials and influence from large pet food companies. They offer free food, discounts, and other incentives to vets for selling their products once they graduate and start their own practices.

Poor training breeds pet nutrition myths

The myths promulgated by most vets turn out to be demonstrably false, often merely with common sense. Let’s examine a couple:

Myth 1:

Dogs are omnivores

A brief examination of their teeth is all that's needed to dismiss this notion. There are no flat molars for grinding plant matter; nor do their jaws hinge horizontally to further aid in this process. Perhaps most telling, however, are the deeply rooted carnassials (found where the aforementioned flat molars would otherwise be) that are strong enough to crush large bones.

Oddly enough: vets usually agree that cats are indeed carnivores, yet they recommend the same carb laden foods for cats as they do for dogs.

Myth 2:

Grains are healthy

Grains are not only nutritionally inferior to other foods, but they're actually harmful too. Grains contain anti-nutrients: namely phytates and lectins. Phytates block mineral absorption, while lectins damage the intestines: resulting in impaired cellular function and reduced nutrient absorption. Lectins also alter flora in the gut, which can allow harmful bacteria to run amock.

Quite simply: there are no good reasons to eat grains, but there are plenty of reasons to avoid them.

The burden of proof is not on advocates of genetically and evolutionarily-appropriate pet diets; it’s on those who advocate processed pet foods that have only existed for mere decades in contrast to many thousands of years of evolutionary biology and genetic adaptations.

In other words, where are the controlled studies that demonstrate the superiority of grain-based pet foods? There aren't even studies that demonstrate the inferiority of low carb or otherwise prey-based diets. Veterinarians and large pet food manufacturers repeatedly toss around the term 'science' quite casually, but the actual science isn't there.

The Truth About Pet Nutrition

Now that we know what vets don’t know, we can uncover the truths about how our dogs and cats are evolutionarily and biologically designed to eat.

Ingredients Matter

Thousands of years of evolutionary biology demonstrate that your dogs and cats evolved to eat meat, organ, bone, and other prety contents--with little to no carbohydrates. Chances are: the dry food your vet, breeder, or other 'expert' recommends contains large amounts of grain and carbohydrates. These diets are detrimental and antithetical to your pet's natural physiology.

At Joey’s we provide alternatives that have a higher meat to grain ratio than the major, vet-recommended dog food brands (and many of the so-called 'natural' or 'holistic' brands too). What does a more evolutionary and natural dog or cat diet look like? Let's find out.

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