What Does Crude Protein Really Mean in a Dry Dog Food?

What Does Crude Protein Really Mean in a Dry Dog Food? Is the amount of crude protein in kibble a reliable way to judge the best dog food for your own pooch? Maybe not! I think the words “crude protein” should have a blinking caution light on dog food labels. Those two words can be […]

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Crude Protein

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-05-2022) #795C: Tracie’s most-read blog is about crude protein (which is a mystery to her!) so she invited veterinary nutritionist Ryan Yamka to discuss what “crude protein” actually refers to in a pet food and how that value is determined. Spoiler alert: crude protein is NOT referring to the amount […]

When is Tuna Not Tuna?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-01-2021) #738: Featuring Ryan Yamka, Risa Simon, and Sharon Morris. Veterinary nutrition consultant Dr. Ryan Yamka explains why the presumably high mercury levels in pet foods (discussed last week with a researcher) are actually not a reliable measure, and he also explains why DNA testing of food is untrustworthy, as […]

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, […]

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 […]