"There has always been this argument that dogs are meant to eat meat, but now I can feel even more confident telling my clients that dogs have adapted to eat starches and can eat them in kibble, for example, unless there's a specific allergy or a chronic medical condition where we're concerned about starch digestion," Andersen said.
Andersen added that the study also points to the importance of understanding that people and their dogs and other pets inhabit a common environment, including the home, the backyard and the community. "Since the very beginning, there's been this shared environment," Anderson noted.
To learn more about the history of dogs, go to the Archaeological Institute of America.
SOURCES: Erik Axelsson, Ph.D., assistant professor, Uppsala University, Sweden; Amber Andersen, D.V.M., Point Vicente Animal Hospital, Palos Verdes, Calif.; Jan. 23, 2013, Nature
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