Last week it was Paws.com; this week it’s The Guardian. I wrote to the Guardian in response to a column by Zoe Williams in which she trotted out misinformation not very different from Paws’ effort. Of course the paper didn’t print my letter (see below) but we mustn’t let this rubbish be allowed to pass unremarked. I’ve always held Guardian journalism in high regard; on subjects I know little about, I expect good journalism to enlighten me so it’s a pity that sloppy journalism like this sows little seeds of doubt about other Guardian writers.
I admire the writing of Zoe Williams, but before publishing an article about food she should talk to someone who knows the subject better than whoever supplied her with the bones of her article: Make your own dog food? It’s not that barking.
Dogs are not carnivorous and built for protein and fat, although they may have been 15,000 years ago. They are now well attuned to similar food to humans food and are omnivores to the extent that they can be vegetarian. They do supremely well on (cooked) whole grains such as brown rice, maize and oats. Buckwheat is also an excellent food for dogs. Complex carbohydrate does not pass through them completely. In fact they digest more than 90% which is higher than for some meats.
I’ve been seeing spectacular health improvements in pets fed on whole grains, both home cooked and commercially for more than forty years so I do know a bit about the subject.
The realm of pet food is as bedevilled as other areas of society by misinformationm, so a bit of care is needed on the subject