The truth about dog food is there is no truth, according to Guy Blaskey, managing director of Pooch and Mutt – maker of health supplements and treats for dogs.
Recent controversy surrounding the nutritious value of different types of dog food was discussed in a Channel 5 documentary, The Truth About Dog Food, which aired last night (Thursday, January 30).
In response, Mr Blaskey said while he did not consider himself an expert, he was knowledgeable enough to see through the biased arguments of others.
“With Channel 5 releasing a documentary about pet food, its PR machine seems to have gone into overdrive, with every man and their dog – excuse the pun – weighing into the debate,” he said.
“Unfortunately, most of the people involved in the debate seem to either have a commercial agenda of their own, or be chosen for their looks more than their expertise.
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ diet that will be right for every dog, just as there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet that will work for every human.
“The only truth is the diet that is right for your dog is the diet it does best on and which is the best you can afford.”
Alison Daniel – pet nutritionist and co-founder of all natural pet supplements supplier Din Dins – however, believes a dog’s physical health could be in jeopardy if fed a certain diet.
“Signs of poor nutrition range from physical issues such as ear infections to skin problems, dandruff, poor digestion and unpleasant odours; to mental symptoms including a lack of focus, scavenging or hyperactivity,” she said.
“Containing huge amounts of salt, sugar, oils and fats, as well as being a contributing factor to behavioural issues, pet ‘junk’ food is being held partly responsible for a rise in pet obesity.
“Ingredients such as meat digest, animal derivatives, wheat gluten, corn and artificial flavourings provide little nourishment.
“This can slow down your dog’s digestion and make it feel sluggish, eventually leading to bad health and disease.”
Chief executive of the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) Michael Bellingham moved quickly to defend the members of his association.
“PFMA member companies work hard to ensure pet owners are well informed on good pet nutrition,” he said.
“They do this in a number of ways, which includes providing information on pack labels, the content of which must comply with EU labelling legislation.
“They also provide information on their websites, which in some instances, will have been written with input from experts such as vets, vet nurses, scientists and animal nutritionists.”
To watch the programme, visit Channel 5’s website.