Veterinary Nutritionist Explains What To Feed Your Pet

One of the most difficult things to tackle as a pet owner is what to feed your pet. There is so much misinformation out there on this topic. I wanted to try to provide some valuable and factual information from someone who knows a lot more about this topic than I do. Dr. Lindsey Bullen is a veterinary nutritionist who is, quite frankly, an expert in everything related to the nutritional needs of your pet. I wanted to have a long form conversation with her, so that I could help provide some answers to common questions pet owners have in regards to the nutritional needs of their animals. We cover everything from raw food, grain free food, the best brands to feed your dog or cat, and some questions from my tiktok. I learned a lot talking to her today, and I hope you do too. She’s great. Any questions or concerns, feel free to comment below. Thank you and have a great day!

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  1. Lillie Tennen on October 11, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    man this was freaking DOPE

    gotta send to all my friends and family and hope they can spare the time to watch it through. thank you both for doing this!!

  2. Dobbies Revenge on October 11, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    I was feeding my 4 month old aussie the orijen freeze dried raw pucks and he loves them. My vet said shed like him on a kibble though that is not grain free because its linked to heart disease. I no longer use her as a vet because of that food statement from her.
    I did switch my pup to a kibble though, he loves the puppy blend from orijen so im sticking to that

  3. James Cellini on October 11, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Great job son!

  4. Kevin Moran on October 11, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I wish I had memories at 2

  5. BlueSEF on October 11, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Video starts at 16:49. Some notes I took on the video:

    Important resources: (for general health info) (toxic/unsafe food list)

    Things to Look For:
    – Manufacturers that own their facilities for quality control
    – Designated nutrition team (PhD and Board certified nutritionist)
    – Transparency with ingredients
    – Reputable companies that have been around for years, invest in peer reviewed and public research, feeding trials and quality control measures for ingredients (some good brands include Purina Hills, Royal Canin, Hills Science Diet)

    Important Notes:
    – Pet foods are nutritionally balanced, so feeding the same food everyday is fine for pets
    – Raw diets can be worse due to nutritional deficiencies not found in high quality pet foods
    – Pet food accounts for nutrient heat degradation
    – Public health risks on raw diets due to potential bacteria such as Salmonella
    – Bacteria in dog food also shows in their stool

    – Bones may reduce dental plaque and improve coats, but can also cause GI impaction, obstructions and dental surgeries
    – Fiber is important for colonic health but not found often in raw food.
    – Grains are not bad for dogs, they don’t get celiac disease but small chance for gluten intolerance (avoid wheat, barley, rye, , but rice, oats, corn and pasta are okay. Quinoa and kaniwa are risky.)
    – Heart disease with some grain-free diets if they lack taurine or it’s precursors (methionine and cystine) that make taurine in their body.
    – Gluten is used in kibble to maintain their shape. In grain free diets, a substitute like potatoes, cassova, tapioca, or legumes like lentils are used. The additional fiber may reduce taurine bioavailability.

    – Some human foods are toxic. Use ASPCA’s toxicity site for comprehensive list. Some to avoid are grapes, raisins, wine, macadamia nuts and avocado pits. Onions and garlic are risky.
    – If dog is old or has several helath issues, supplements might be helpful

  6. M Eem on October 11, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Awesome video! Thank you for doing this interview!

  7. Kev Wills on October 11, 2021 at 8:37 pm


  8. Alyssa Britt on October 11, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Such a good watch! She’s such an educated person and I wish people weren’t so hesitant to listen to her and other board certified veterinary nutritionists, there’s too many “pet nutritionists” out there claiming they know everything

  9. Domingo Santiago on October 11, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Oh man it’s sounds like the pet food industry is at war with each other lol Raw vs Kibble and Kibble vs Raw , so if fruits, veggies & grains are ok and we see how expensive commercial raw foods are why hasn’t the kibble companies stepped there quality game up and gone full human grade non gmo and organic ingredients and vitamin supplements from Whole Foods source yet ?

  10. Doris Franco on October 11, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    What? Her parents dog eat dog chow?🤢🤮

  11. nibunion on October 11, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    This is the most terrible misinformation.

  12. Owen on October 11, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    She is suggesting the brands sold by vets, and large manufacturers. This is nonsense.

  13. Crystal Karlson on October 11, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    So needing this!!! Thank you!!!

  14. Andre Giroux on October 11, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Hello …I enjoyed her knowledge she is highly qualified…but I’m perplexed by her recommendation of royal canin and purina when the engredient list is way inferior to let’s say acana?

  15. Lizzy Lee on October 11, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you for this interview!!! Wow. It is so refreshing to hear evidence-based information!!

  16. Darby Sue on October 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for this 💝

  17. Blitznstitch2 on October 11, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Royal Canine and Dog Chow are two brands she mentioned that do fine for dogs. Her focus is saying to buy from reputable manufacturers. This seems super sensible. Also, I wish someone would make human food like dog foods. It would save me so much money and time.

  18. Kim Willis on October 11, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Excellent video. I totally needed this.

  19. Alisa Obaya on October 11, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    This was such an awesome and informative video! She is so brilliant and just so knowledgeable! I also got way too excited when she talked about switching to Hill’s new Derm diet because I just switched as well and am way too excited about it 😁 now I have info to use when talking to clients about questions they may have about pet nutrition/diets. Also ran to your tik toc immediately and followed 😁

  20. Loni Arrizon-Tovar on October 11, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Everybody needs to watch this video. Easy to follow but still extremely informative… Can we get a video on commen sense with dogs during the summer… I see alot of dummies roasting pup in cars 🙄

  21. desmond skene-catling on October 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Great, feed your dog processed food with synthetic vitamins and made from ingredients that they can’t properly digest like corn and wheat.
    That is the biggest load of rubbish I’ve ever heard.
    Does she work for Purina or Alpo.

  22. Kev Wills on October 11, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    What a crock . Vets are not taught nutrition .they all sell ROYAL CANINE corn/wheat/ rice …. NOT DOG FOOD

  23. Jenna Nicole on October 11, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    What do you think of the Nikki and Dan Phillipi A$$holes who put down their healthy non aggressive dog Bowser when they could have rehomed him to one of their million + followers???

  24. Edwin Felix on October 11, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for posting. I learnt a lot. Royal Canin does not have such a good reputation in UK. Dr Bullen has made me think again.

  25. Thomas George on October 11, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    These advices from a nutritionist doesn’t sound right at all. This is more of a raw meat vs pet food. Not going into the ingredients of the foods is a red flag.

  26. Ayca Gurelman on October 11, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Sorry but i am not convinced. Our vet suggested BARF diet partially, only to be combined with cooked homemade food (with specific %of muscle meat, organs, grains, veggies and legumes) and to give kibbles occasionally to maintain familiarity just in case my dog will not refuse kibble if i do not have homemade food in hand. (He recommended the brand ND grain free kibble). When I calculated the prices to make a comparison, i saw that kibble price is almost as same as the homemade food although our prescribed eating plan is %75 percent muscle mat and organs (everything human grade) Weird huh? i seriously wonder what kind of “meat” they put to be able to sell this imported processed dog food at that price.

  27. nibunion on October 11, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Do not listen to this woman royal canin is garbage, kibble in general is. Baked, processed, preservatives, high carb crap.

  28. Dr. Cellini on October 11, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    This is amazing and full of great info! Dr Bullen for the win!

  29. cripple1313 on October 11, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Hey doc – new grad vet here, great video. Loved this idea

  30. Anna Mannix on October 11, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much to Dr. Bullen for coming to talk, this was so informative! This was my first look into vet nutrition and this video did a great job of being digestible (..get it😂) while still preserving complexity. I can’t wait for the next specialists, maybe cardiology?

  31. King Adam G on October 11, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    This is an insanely honest, realistic, accurate, informative video and for the benefit of our dogs I hope people absorb this

  32. Keyda Santana on October 11, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you!! I’m currently doing a research paper about proper nutrition in dog or the lack of and this is an excellent source information. She explained everything with such clarity and honesty that I value her opinion. Great video!!

  33. Esther Kim on October 11, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    suchhh a good video, Doc!! Thank you so much! I was a sponge soaking up all the info- definitely sharing this with family and friends!

  34. Jag G on October 11, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    What a unique educational video! Dr. Bullen did a great job explaining everything and you Dr. Cellini asked a great set of questions.

  35. radiantbritt on October 11, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Dr. Cellini will you please discuss the Nikki Phillippi situation and how they euthanized their dog? Please.

  36. Jennifer Otto on October 11, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Ugh my Husky has a broken tooth from a raw soup bone. He has an appointment Saturday to have his tooth removed. Never again will I feed raw bones. He is in so much pain. 😢

  37. JASMIN on October 11, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Me feeding my dogs raw chicken and being like 😬 but then she mentioned if the chicken is homegrown and slaughtered is fine, so im good (well actually my dogs are good) 🤗 #farmlife

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