By Mike BarnettI must say, I was surprised when I saw a post relating to the purported dangers of GMO dog food on Facebook by Caroline O’Sullivan, DVM. She is not just any veterinarian. She is a holistic veterinarian. And that’s dandy with me that Dr. O’Sullivan considers all aspects of a dog’s needs, including psychological, physical and social, should be taken into account and treated as a whole. I’m not sure that the dog cares, but the good veterinarian is not marketing to dogs, she’s marketing to people.
Actually, it’s good to know that dogs—just like people—have a choice when it comes to the food they eat. I know people care about their pets’ health. I feed my dog, Miss Molly, a premium dog food because I want her to have the proper nutrition. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that dog food has genetically modified grain in it and I don’t care. Why? I eat genetically modified food, too—the people variety, however—and I have for many, many years. Miss Molly—my dog—is only five years old, so as far as I know, GMOs have always been part of her diet. We’re both pretty healthy.
It seems that anti-GMO activists use the same, tired pseudoscience in talking about pet food as they do with people food. Dr. O’Sullivan cites the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) as her primary source. I have never heard of the AAEM, but I have heard of the National Academies of Science and the American Medical Association, who have concluded that genetically engineered foods do not pose any more risk to people than other foods. I would assume that holds true for pets, as well.
But if you still want Fido to remain GMO free, there’s a number of dog foods out there like Grandma Lucy’s Organics: Pumpkin, Blueberry, Banana-Sweet Potato; Honest Kitchen; and Anita’s Organic Animal Feed. By the way, a 10-pound box of Honest Kitchen’s Love Dog Food, described as “a gluten-free dog food made with dehydrated Midwestern beef and produce like sweet potatoes, dandelion greens and papaya,” is listed on the Internet for $96.99. That’s some expensive dog chow.
I asked Miss Molly if we could stick with Purina Pro Plan. I took the tail wag as a yes.
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