by Marion Nestle
Jan 8 2009

Pet Connection Interview: Unedited!

My interview with Christie Keith about Pet Food Politics has just been posted on the Pet Connection blog site.  Pet Connection is the pet care and everything else website that played such an important role in tracking the events of the 2007 pet food recalls.  Christie Keith writes regularly for Pet Connection but I first came across her work as the exceptionally thoughtful pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.  This is a first for me: the interview is a verbatim transcript of a long telephone conversation.  The conversation was a lot of fun, but also instructive; it changed my thinking about some issues regarding pet food labeling.  Enjoy!

Comments

  • Sheila
  • January 8, 2009
  • 9:29 pm

I have owned dogs and cats for 30 years, always fed them a commercially purchased diet. I was interested to learn from this article that a veterinary nutrition expert believes it possible to feed home made diets and maintain nutrition, and do it fairly easily. I have always had the vets who discouraged home diets, saying “people food” is not good for dogs or cats. Even when I explained I did not plan to feed high fat, high salt fast food, or old spoiled left overs, they still almost all said there were no really acceptable recipes for long term feeding of dog or cat. Now I know better. I will worry less about pet food recalls if I am able to feed food made with ingredients I eat in my own diet.

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