Brooklyn Bark Talks

Beware of Grain-Free Diets for Pup & Kitty

Much like the myth that vaccination causes autism caught on in the human population, grain-free diets caught on for dogs and cats. Well, actually there was one case in 2007 when, according to the NYTimes there was a batch of tainted kibble from China and the misinformation exploded.

At one time grain-free foods were a rarity but now close to half the high end manufacturers produce one or more grain-free diets. Consumer demand.


However, in July 2019, the FDA issued a warning that feeding your dog a grain-free diet may lead to an irreversible condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM. And now, at Brooklyn Bark, we are seeing Barkers with DCM.


Think about it. For millennia dogs have eaten along side us humans. They have developed their guts to accommodate the scraps and leftovers that we gave to them. As we learned to

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Tags: what's in pet food, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), grain-free pet foods

What you DON'T Want to See in Your Dog's Food

Just as in much of processed human foods, synthetic preservatives are commonly present in most commercial dog foods.  A number have been shown to be toxic in the laboratory.  Regular exercise and a healthy diet are critical to your dogs health and happiness.  So is a commitment to provide safe and nutritious food.


For starters, only purchase foods that carry the AAFCO  logo.   Membership in the American Association of Feed Control Officials is voluntary.  AAFCO guarantees WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get.  W

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Tags: pet safety, what's in pet food, pet food additives, pet treats

Tainted Chicken Jerky Treats - AGAIN!

Today's Smart Brief bulletin from the American Veterinary Medical Association reports 900 complaints about chicken jerky dog treats made in China.  They report that the implicated brands include:

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Tags: dog treats, pet health, dog health, dog food contamination, know your dog, tainted chicken jerky, what's in pet food, tainted dog treats, Canyon Creek Chicken jerkey, Canyon Creek Chicken jerkey, Milo's Kitchen chicken jerkey

You Fed Your Pup WHAT?!

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Tags: what's in pet food, what's in dog food, pet food additives, pet food ingredients, dog food additives, dog food ingredients