Cherry-picked Statistics in UC Davis Canine Most cancers Analysis Paper – Fact about Pet Meals

Not too long ago revealed within the Journal of Veterinary Inner Drugs, “Modifications in weight loss plan and complement use in canine with most cancers” checked out what canine had been fed previous to and after a most cancers prognosis. Whereas this kind of analysis will surely be helpful to pet homeowners, on this case the researchers went off observe and appeared to current their information with a particular aim in thoughts.

The research is from the College of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Educating Hospital, all individuals had been sufferers on the UC Davis hospital.

Dr. Jean Dodds reviewed the analysis, and located that in the midst of a paper supposedly associated to canine most cancers, the UC Davis Veterinary Faculty researchers started discussing grain-free pet meals and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). And…the UC Davis researchers tried to plant the seed of a potential hyperlink between grain free pet meals and most cancers.

Quoting the UC Davis paper (daring added):

There was appreciable consideration to the affiliation between dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in canine and the usage of grain-free diets, and each veterinarians and pet homeowners may need elevated consciousness of this concern. Regardless, provided that greater than 1 in 5 canine within the current research had been fed a grain-free weight loss plan earlier than a most cancers prognosis, this information highlights the necessity for clinicians to debate the danger of diet-associated DCM with all canine homeowners.”

However…Dr. Dodds noticed by the UC Davis potential plan to mislead readers.

Quoting Dr. Dodds assessment of the paper (daring added):

As soon as we learn the assertion, which might alarm the viewers, ‘greater than 1 in 5 canine within the current research had been fed a grain-free weight loss plan earlier than a most cancers prognosis…’ We delved into the numbers.

Let’s flip the assertion: greater than 1 in 5 canine. The ‘greater than’ is definitely 22% on this research. So, that implies that greater than 3 in 4 canine (78%) had been fed a grain-inclusive weight loss plan previous to most cancers prognosis.”

Why would these researchers draw consideration a 22% statistic (canine fed grain-free pet food previous to most cancers prognosis) and utterly ignore a 78% statistic (canine fed a grain-inclusive pet food previous to most cancers prognosis)? What was their motivation to disregard their very own information exhibiting the vast majority of canine within the research had been fed a grain-inclusive pet food previous to a most cancers prognosis?

Maybe the opposite concern Dr. Dodds noticed is a possible rationalization… (from Dr. Dodds put up) …

The research authors turned centered on the grain-free and home-prepared weight loss plan points, such that their feedback appeared skewed.

For instance:

  • ‘Kibble’ is talked about within the textual content solely as soon as;
  • ‘Uncooked’ is talked about 4 occasions;
  • Grain-free’ is talked about eight occasions;
  • ‘Grain-based’ or ‘grain-inclusive’ is rarely talked about; and,
  • ‘House-prepared’ is talked about 31 occasions.

What Dr. Dodds identified is critical to contemplate.

Had been the researchers of UC Davis Veterinary Faculty making an attempt to make a (deceptive) hyperlink between grain-free pet food and canine most cancers?

Had been their actions within the paper intentional – did they knowingly attempt to shift the reader’s consideration to create a deceptive hyperlink of grain-free pet food to canine most cancers? Or was it unintentional – is that this paper proof that some researchers have such a skewed perspective (maybe influenced by Massive Pet Feed donations) they can’t see the forest for the timber?

Pet homeowners can learn the complete UC Davis paper HERE.

Pet homeowners can learn Dr. Jean Dodds assessment of the UC Davis paper HERE.

Our due to Dr. Dodds for her shut look into this deceptive analysis.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the perfect,

Susan Thixton
Pet Meals Security Advocate
Creator Purchaser Beware, Co-Creator Dinner PAWsible
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