Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Dr. Tony Buffington’s opinion
has been sought multiple times by USA Today. In the article, Fancy food? Your cat is probably okay with the basic stuff, Buffington advises cat owners to always check food labels to guarantee that ingredients meet the "complete and balanced" standard of the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Another feline expert notes that pricy feline foods probably aren’t worth the extra money, since normal brands can be just as healthy (if not healthier).
In a second article, Eat your veggies? Produce makes its way into dog food, Buffington gives his input on a recent study from Purdue University, which found that feeding vegetables to dogs at least three times a week can reduce their risk of bladder cancer. He does not “consider fruits and vegetables a necessary component of dogs' diets,” but adds that they can be healthy alternatives to treats. Always confirm that what you're feeding your dog is safe, because some produce can be dangerous for dogs to consume.
About Dr. Tony Buffington
Dr. Tony Buffington, veterinarian and professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University has spent the past 30 years studying cats and how their environment affects their health. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, 30 book chapters and three books. He is also the founder of Indoor Cat Initiative, a non-profit organization that features strategies for keeping indoor cats happy and healthy. Buffington has received numerous national and international awards for his research on behalf of understanding cats. Check out his blog post, "What I've learned from cats", and his interactive iTunes U book, "Cat Mastery".
Posted May 28, 2014