Pet Food Quandry: What’s Best for Dogs and Cats?

Pet Food and Pet Nutrition

When it comes to pet food and pet nutrition, there are as many opinions floating around as there are people who offer those opinions. The end result is a confusing mass of information for pet owners, much of which is contradictory.

How Do I Provide Good Nutrition in My Pet’s Food?

One thing is certain. All of us want the very best for our dogs and cats. We all want to be feeding the highest quality pet food. But what exactly does that mean? Some of the questions that seem most confusing include:

  • Should there be grain in my pet’s food or does a grain-free food provide the best nutrition?
  • What about corn? Is corn an acceptable ingredient in pet foods?
  • What about by-products? What are they? Do by-products provide good nutrition for my pet? Should they be part of a good pet food?
  • And what about quality control? How do we know whether a pet food is safe to feed to our dogs or cats? Could we have a repeat of the melamine incident that killed so many pets?

Expert Opinion on Pet Food and Pet Nutrition

This week, Dr. Marcie Campion joins us to discuss pet foods and pet nutrition. She answers all of these questions and more in her interview, which you’ll find below.

Dr. Campion, PhD., is a nutritionist and is currently the Scientific Relations Managers for Iams/P&G Pet Care. She joins us this week in an extremely informational interview and graciously offers her expert opinion on many different pet food questions.

Will everyone agree with Dr. Campion’s answers to these important pet nutrition questions? No, probably not. However, she answers them based on her experience and training as a pet nutritionist and an expert in her field.

During the course of the interview, Dr. Campion also shares with us a bit of information about a new line of pet foods being offered by Iams. One of the things that is really nice about this line is that it provides an alternative for those people who prefer a pet food that has no corn, meat by-products, fillers, preservatives, artificial coloring or artificial flavors. After all, regardless of anything else, it’s nice to have options and alternatives.

Sit back, relax and listen to the interview. And don’t forget to join us next Monday here at Animal Cafe for another great interview.

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue/


How controversial can feeding cats be? Look it up anywhere, and it states that cats are obligate carnivores.. those that "depend solely on the nutrients found in animal flesh for their survival"

They were designed (or evolved depending on your religious views) to live in the desert and get their nutrients on small mammals and birds. Not climb trees and eat fruit, nor harvest grains..

I'm tired of pet food companies putting in foods that are "healthy" simply because they are healthy to humans. Spinach, blueberries, fruits, veggies, all are ingrained in us as healthy, so when we see them in pet foods we are supposed to think the food is healthy. Well it would be if humans were eating it. But from what I understand, cats lack the digestive enzymes to get nutrients out of plant based ingredients properly.

I really wish one company out there would "get it" and give us a decent food for cats based on what they would eat in the wild..

(and yes, I had a diabetic cat who went into remission on a no carb diet, and I fostered four others that did the same. And then there were the two kitties that blocked while eating a high carb "premium" dry food. )

Rumpy Drummond
Rumpy Drummond

I'm glad that humans are finally getting some better choices in food for animals. Diet DOES matter!


If a cat's teeth prove it to be a carnivore, why would you feed it fruit, let alone wheat or corn? When a cat is diagnosed with diabetes, it is advised to go on strictly wet grain-free food. I'm disappointed that Dr. Huston didn't call Dr. Campion on that.


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