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RYAN YAMKA | Is Grain-Free Dog Food Bad?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

Grain-Free, Petco's Fake News, Industry Drama, DCM & much more with nutritionist Ryan Yamka PhD, of the Petfood Industry Community.


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Dr Ryan Yamka, award-winning companion animal nutritionist and pet food developer, sits down with Rodney Habib to discuss serious issues in the pet food industry including marketing, misconceptions, grain free formulas, DCM, synthetic ingredients, and the influence of the pet food industry on veterinary students. Listeners will come away better equipped to pick out good pet food options to feed their pets.

DR RYAN YAMKA, PhD, FACN, PAS, Dipl ACAS Dr Yamka is board certified in companion animal nutrition by the American College of Animal Sciences and a fellow with the American College of Nutrition. His career has focused on developing, formulating, and launching dog and cat foods as a senior executive with leading pet food companies. He has published numerous manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, and has 50 patents granted. Yamka began at Hill’s Pet Nutrition in research and product development. Later, at Blue Buffalo, he built and led a team that developed and launched more than 250 new products. He is the founder and an independent consultant with Luna Science and Nutrition, and, in 2017, he co-founded Guardian Pet Food Company. He has a passion for debunking pet food myths and misconceptions and is a regular contributor to Petfood Industry Magazine.

ASAS Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award (2011) Pet Age ICON Recipient (2019)


In this episode:

Yamka's journey from the "dark side" of the pet food industry to starting his own pet food company. (1:00 ) The marketing of "wolf" packaging seen on kibble pet food. (5:18) Marketing puffery and understanding package label claims. (6:20) Grain free vs non-grain free. (8:55) Why the number one macro nutrient in processed pet is not listed on the labels. (13:09) Misconceptions about expiration dates (17:00) Doing a viral video on synthetic ingredients. (24:33) Is Petco really removing synthetics? (26:00) Coloring / dying pet foods. (30:07) Concerns over synthetic preservatives like BHA and BHT. (33:00) Media frenzy. (36:34) The impact of unknown bias on young vet students by pet food manufacturers. (42:58) Is the DCM scare fading away? (46:56)

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Mentioned in this episode:

Your Dog Is Not A Wolf article Update: Can Petco be ‘PetCoached’ to be ‘PetSmarter’? Pet Nutrition Alliance provides false sense of security Pet Food Industry Magazine Yamka's Articles in Pet Food Industry Guardian Pet Food Guardian Bars

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