Articles by David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

The 'complete and balanced' petfood: is it a myth?

The argument is that nutrition is not a complete science and our understanding of it will never be completely known, so any claim that a product offers complete nutrition is a farce
In my research for last month's commentary on the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), I ran across a long-argued premise made by someone in the petfood industry that there is no such thing as a "complete and balanced" petfood. In the writer's opinion, no single commercial food is truly suitable to serve as the sole source of nutrition, so any implication to that effect for a product is no less than blatant consumer fraud.
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AAFCO misrepresented by websites replete with errors

The briefest surf on the Internet reveals many misunderstandings, if not downright misrepresentations about what AAFCO is and does
Because of its integral role in the regulation of petfoods, my commentaries frequently mention the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). I presume that the reader understands the nature of the organization and its general functions. 
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