A proposed policy on the feeding of raw diets for pets is among the items on the agenda when the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates meets Aug. 3 through 7, 2012, in San Diego. Senior Editor Christi McDonald reports on the AVMA’s position statement on the controversial practice that has some fanciers divided along dietary lines. Find out what some supporters and detractors have to say about raw food diets.
The new AKC National Owner-Handler Series was created “to celebrate the dedication and enthusiasm of owner-handler exhibitors.” With more than 80 percent of show dogs handled by their owners, Blogger-in-Chief Billy Wheeler asks if the competition – that excludes professionals and their assistants – is accomplishing its intended goal.
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AVMA Addresses Raw Food Diets
By Christi McDonald
The American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates is meeting August 3 through 7, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. Among the items on the agenda is a proposed policy on the feeding of “raw or undercooked animal-source protein diets” for pets.
The new position statement, drafted by the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, states, “The AVMA discourages the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal-source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans.” more
AKC’s Owner Handler Series
By Billy Wheeler
Eighty percent of all entries at our AKC shows are owner-handled dogs, the vast majority of which are non-professionally handled. (I don’t like the term “amateur,” for I believe many of our non-professionals are talented, experienced handlers.) It is for that group of non-professional handlers that AKC created the Owner Handler Series.
The series got a great start, showcased at the huge Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon show in Portland, OR, and at the Oakland County Kennel Club show in Novi, MI, both on Jan. 21st this year. The series had three more test drives in February, but was only offered at a total of 17 shows through July. more