Myths and misperceptions about ingredients used in commercial pet foods

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2014 Jul;44(4):689-98, v. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.03.002. Epub 2014 May 10.


Information and misinformation about pet nutrition and pet foods, including ingredients used in pet foods, is widely available through various sources. Often, this "information" raises questions or concerns among pet owners. Many pet owners will turn to their veterinarian for answers to these questions. One of the challenges that veterinarians have is keeping up with the volume of misinformation about pet foods and sorting out fact from fiction. The goal of this article is to provide facts regarding some common myths about ingredients used in commercial pet foods so as to better prepare veterinarians to address their client's questions.

Keywords: By-products; Carbohydrates; Corn; Grains; Preservatives; Soy; Wheat.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed / analysis*
  • Animal Feed / standards*
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Cats / physiology*
  • Commerce / standards
  • Dogs / physiology*
  • Nutritional Requirements*
  • Nutritive Value