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  1. Marsha

    What’s New! At least the Jerky treats came in second.

  2. Hogen

    Purina obtained surprisingly light votes.

  3. Ellie L

    It is so disheartening to continually read about the corruption in the FDA as well as just about every other government agency in our country.

  4. Sharon

    Biggest surprise – the AAFCO wasn’t higher. Their “guidelines” are used by pet food companies to formulate some of the worst pet food ever. Despite study findings that indicate large breed puppy food should contain around .8/.7 percent calcium/phosphorus, the AAFCO is fine with levels up to 1.8/1.6 percent. Their justification: lower levels of calcium/phosphorus inhibit growth. Exactly!
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    What they choose to ignore is that too many calories creates excess weight on delicate growing bones and too much calcium cannot be processed efficiently in large breed puppies. Excess calcium deposited on the outside of bones causes bone disease. A large breed puppy will grow according to genetics, how fast he gets there should be controlled by calorie intake and calcium restriction. (Restricting calories and calcium does not mean feeding less protein.)
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    While I do not agree with intentionally subjecting any animal to testing conditions that will end up harming them and quite often euthanizing, it is foolish to ignore the results of these tests as pet owners have been unwittingly producing the same results without any understanding as to why. Breeders of large breed dogs and owners should start by reading this concise report: http://www.bestfriendsvet.com/pdffiles/bonedevarticlewa.pdf followed by more detailed research.

  5. Georgia Picton

    Excess calcium deposited on the outside of bones causes bone disease. A large breed puppy will grow according to genetics, how fast he gets there should be controlled by calorie intake and calcium restriction.

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