Corphobia

Roger Welton DVM

Roger Welton DVM

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Cornphobia is a term veterinarians have coined to describe the fear of corn based ingredients in pet foods currently gripping a significant percentage of pet owners.  It is defined as follows (by Dr. Roger):

The general fear among certain pet owners that the feeding of corn as an integral component to most pet foods is the root of most diseases in dogs and cats.  This assertion in most cases comes, not from a veterinarian, but from correspondence with groomers, breeders, and "homeopathic" gurus either in person or, most commonly, through internet forums.  This notion often takes precedence in the minds of affected pet owners to the opinion of licensed veterinarians, even in circumstances where disease specific nutrition is medically necessary to maintain the health and quality of life of a patient, and stated prescription diet is shunned or even dismissed because it contains corn.

Tonight, Dr. Roger will discuss the origins of cornphobia, whether or not it has any medical relevance, and how it may pertain to your pet.  As always, feel free to call in live or comment my e-mail at comments@web-dvm.net.

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corn free pet food
corn allergy
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