Message From Our Founders

You know our story, two veterinarians Drs. Karen Becker and Donna Raditic recognized the need to provide education to the pet vested community. There’s tons of information on the internet, but what should a pet parent believe? What are the credentials of the individuals providing the information? Is there a unbiased scientific base for the information? With this in mind, they saw a need to form CANWI as an independent grass roots organization whose long term goal is to be a credible and reliable source of companion animal information.

From the start, CANWI has been at work. Thanks to our supporters, we funded a 2 year Veterinary Nutrition Residency at the University of Tennessee, offered several pet parent forums across the Country, launched an ambitious research project related to heat processed foods. We also formed a Scientific Committee, whose members are nationally known scientists, to monitor our research.

Here’s what we know so far: Many of us are scooping processed dry food into a bowl or opening the same canned food every day. Is this really the best nutrition we can offer? Why do human nutritionists tell us to eat LESS processed foods and more fresh foods?

In January, 2018 we launched The Advanced Glycation End Products or dietary (AGEs) Dietary Study. AGEs have been associated with chronic diseases, aging and even cancer. And preliminary data estimates some pet foods may contain over 122 times the AGEs found in processed human foods! Is that acceptable?

We assembled a team of veterinary nutritionists, food scientists, identified specialized labs and a prestigious Veterinary College to work on this ambitious research. They are looking at the role of dietary AGEs in pet foods and compare feeding processed pet foods to fresh food and raw pet diets. We expect to have a final report on the AGE Dog Study issued in 2019.

This year we are raising funds to expand the AGE Study to include cats.  Project Molly will be a two year study looking at healthy and diabetic cats.  Research in cats, especially their nutritional needs and diseases, is scarce despite cat ownership exceeding dog ownership in the United States.  We want to be sure you are serving up the best nutrition into that bowl every single day.

Our team continues to work tirelessly on developing education programs that will result in meaningful change. Hopefully that change will lead to a brighter future.

We believe that through our own independent research, we can answer the question: “Why aren’t our companion animals living longer?

That’s our story, but we can’t do it without your support.

Please show that you believe in us and our mission by going to our Donate Page and making a donation.


Blessed, Dr. Karen