Pet Food Advisors ®

Wondering what you should be feeding your dog or cat? Confused by all the choices? Is raw really best? Or does it pose health hazards? What should you know when deciding which commercial food to feed? Are cats’ digestive systems able to metabolize carbohydrates or is all dry cat food “kitty crack,” as Tracie calls it? Do dogs and cats need supplements — and if so, which ones? This show brings you facts and opinions to help you make the best personal decisions about how to feed the four-legged members of your family so they live long, healthy lives.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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Lucy Postins (Honest Kitchen) on Book: Dog Obsessed

March 13, 2017

Pet Food Advisors (03-13-2017) #7050: Lucy Postins, the guiding light behind The Honest Kitchen pet food company, talks about her new book DOG OBSESSED: THE HONEST KITCHEN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER LIFE FOR THE PUP YOU LOVE. Tracie has been feeding all her dogs the Honest Kitchen’s dehydrated whole food formulations since Lucy […]

Diet, Supplements to Reduce Dog’s Arthritic Pain

January 23, 2017

Pet Food Advisors (01-23-2017) #7048: Veterinary pain specialist Dr. Mike Petty (author of DR. PETTY’S PAIN RELIEF FOR DOGS) discusses diets and supplements that may —– or may not — have added value in helping mitigate a dog’s arthritic pain. And the value of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet of younger dogs as a […]

Feeding Your Dog a Whole Chicken, Bones and All?

December 13, 2016

Pet Food Advisors (12-12-2016) #7049: Can you feed your dog a whole chicken, bones and all? Dr. Greg Martinez talks about the ease of putting a small fryer in a crock-pot with some vegetables and 18 hours later crumbling up the bones and giving your dog a healthy feast. Home cooking is a big part […]

Create Balanced Home-Prepared Meals For Dogs

February 29, 2016

Pet Food Advisors (02-29-2016) #7047: Rick Woodford, TheDogFoodDude, discusses his recipe book CHOW and how he devised balanced home prepared meals for dogs. Tracie especially liked his recipe for a treat he calls “fish swimming in circles,” which involves putting dried fish or fish skins into a box of cheerios, which then take on the […]

Treating Allergic Dogs with Chinese Medicine

February 1, 2016

Pet Food Advisors (02-01-2016) #7045: Holistic veterinarian Dr Judy Morgan — and author of the book WHAT’S FOR DINNER, DEXTER? — talks about Chinese medicine theory as it applies to food and how in her holistic vet practice she has cured or significantly improved 80% of dogs with allergies using these nutrition theories. Her book […]

Wrong Ingredients Can Cause Allergic Reactions

December 28, 2015

Pet Food Advisors (12-28-2015) #7044: Dr. Sean speaks to the concern about where there are different proteins in pet food than what it says on the label. While this can cause problems for food allergic animals, it helps to understand that vet RX food includes a thorough cleansing of machinery of all ingredients, whereas there […]

Food Grade vs Feed Grade

October 12, 2015

Pet Food Advisors (10-12-2015) #7043: Food grade vs. feed grade — what is the difference when describing pet food ingredients? The AAFCO is comprised of state regulatory officials for livestock feed — with pet food being only a small part of their responsibility. What about the fear mongers who claim commercial pet food includes Styrofoam […]

Cancer/Kibble Connection Debunked

July 20, 2015

Pet Food Advisors (07-20-2015) #7042: Cancer and kibble — is there a connection? There is no proven scientific theory to the cancer/carb connection, which was originally based on studies that turned out to be falsified! Many of the dramatically negative “theories” against dry pet food (for example, the entirely false claim that the phenobarbital from […]

Pricing of Premium Pet Food

June 30, 2015

Pet Food Advisors (06-29-2015) #7041: What do different pet food ingredients cost — and why can legumes be more expensive than chicken meal? Dr. Sean explains why some premium dog foods cost what they do, and how compromises must be made in other foods to get the price low. Tracie asks what is the fixation […]

Raw Feeding For Cats

May 25, 2015

Pet Food Advisors (05-25-2015) #7040: Raw feeding for cats: it makes teleological sense to give cats a high protein and fat meal that is closest to a mouse. While Dr. Delaney always advises that chicken be cooked for food safety/public health reasons, for those pet owners who want to prepare their own raw chicken, BalanceIT […]