Problems with Grain Free Dog Food?

There is some interesting research going on in the field of canine nutrition. In particular, I am watching the studies related to Grain Free dog food and the connection with heart disease in dogs. Research seems to be indicating that dogs eating a grain free diet may be missing an important amino acid called Taurin.

Want to learn more?

  • Read the FDA’s statement about the connection between diet and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
  • Read about the study from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine about the link beween grain free dog food and DCM.
  • Check out this New York Times article, which summarizes the issue.
  • Find out how to select the best dog food for your dog. Check out the recommendations from the World Association Veterinary Animal Small (WSAVA). Many veterinarians and researchers familiar with this issue suggest avoiding food with legumes like peas, pea components, lentils; white
    potatoes, sweet potatoes in the first five ingredients.

Choosing a dog food

I look for dog food that :

  • is NOT grain free.
  • does not have peas, lentils, potatoes or sweet potatoes in the first five ingredients.
  • does not have the primary source of meat from an exotic source such as duck, buffalo, venison, etc.
  • is not from a boutique brand, but rather a pet food manufacturer that has a qualified veterinary experts formulating their products.

I feed my dogs Purina Pro Plan dry dog food in beef or chicken and often top it with plain chicken, scrambled eggs or plain yogurt.