Can Dog Food Cause the Heart Disease DCM?

Can Dog Food Cause the Heart Disease DCM? I received a passionate email recently from Mike, a listener who sadly lost his dog due to the heart condition DCM. He believed that his dog died from eating grain-free dog food. Possibly his veterinarian told him it was “caused by nutrition” or Mike reading the confusing […]

Confusion over FDA Report on Grain-free Dry Dog Food & Heart Condition in Dogs

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-13-2019) #631: Featuring Dr. Ryan Yamka, Susan Cohen, and Deborah Suchman. Veterinary nutrition specialist Dr Ryan Yamka discusses the public’s misunderstanding of the FDA report on grain-free dry dog food and a heart condition in dogs, which is clearly not scientifically linked to the problem; Susan Cohen was a grief […]

Caticons: 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-29-2019) #629: Featuring Sandy Lerner, Ryan Yamka, and Krister Holm. Sandy Lerner was the co-founder of Cisco Systems, but as a lifetime cat lover, her truest passion is can be seen in her massive, gorgeous book CATICONS: 4,000 YEARS OF ART IMITATING CATS, which captures just a fraction of her […]

Perception of Pet Food Influenced by Emotions

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-24-2018) #598: Featuring Ryan Yamka, Jeff Franklin, and Traer Scott. Tracie invites Ryan Yamka — a board certified nutritionist for companion animals — to discuss the way perception of pet food is sometimes influenced by owners’ emotions, and how “grain-free” pet foods became misperceived as preferable; Jeff Franklin, subject of […]

Correlation between “grain free” dog foods and heart condition?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-11-2018) #583: Featuring Dr Ryan Yamka, Anthony Hutcherson, and Jim Kutsch. Dr Ryan Yamka, board certified veterinary nutritionist, talks about the shocking news — per the FDA — of a study from UC Davis veterinary school showing a correlation between “grain free” super premium dry dog foods with peas, lentils, […]

Crude Protein: What It Means, How It’s Measured

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-07-2018) #578: Featuring James Gorman, Ryan Yamka, and Lori Weise. James Gorman, who specializes in science and nature reporting for the New York Times, talks about how wolves are not dogs and how ancient wolves evolved to accept humans and the timing of that developmental change, as discussed in this […]

About those “Pets Are the Best Medicine” Ads

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-19-2017) #538: Steve Feldman is the Executive Director of HABRI (the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute) and talks about the hilarious mock-ad videos they made with Zoetis called “Pets are the best medicine, which are now in the NY Dog Film Festival;” Dr. Paul Kline from CityVet in Texas (which is […]

All About Crude Protein

Pet Food Advisors (07-10-2017) #7054: Ryan Yamka (PhD, MS, MBA, FACN, PAS, Dipl ACAS) talks about crude protein—what it means, how it’s measured. He is a companion animal nutritionist who studied protein and amino acids in canine nutrition for his graduate degrees and has worked for many top pet food companies. He co-authored the macronutrients […]