My vet shares 10 reasons why a grain free diet is bad for most dogs and can actually lead to two fatal diseases.
Who is best to advise on a dog’s diet? For all of us who care about our pets, a veterinarian would be the most knowledgeable about a dog’s food and how it affects his diet. Pet stores or retailers tend to promote all products that they sell, and there is a large grain free segment that must promote this diet to make money.
In the following video, a veterinarian explains exactly why most dogs do not need grain free food AND how grain free diets can harm dogs.
To summarize Dr. Sokol’s points on why most dogs should not be fed a grain free diet:
- A grain free diet is designed for a dog with a grain allergy.
- Less than 2% of all dogs in the world have a grain allergy.
- Grain is a nutrient that dogs (without grain allergies) NEED for many reasons (i.e. fiber).
- Grain free dog uses potato and sweet potato to add fiber (that would typically come from grain).
- The potatoes in grain free dog food are being linked to diabetes in dogs on a grain free diet.
- The Journal of Veterinary Medicine recently published a study about dog’s on a grain free diet developing heart disease.
- A vet can do various tests to determine if a dog 1) has allergies and 2) has GRAIN allergies.
- A dog cannot live a healthy life without all of the nutrients, and for most dogs, grain is one of these nutrients.
- Pet Stores, magazines, and ads promoting grain free food are based on marketing and dog food sales.
- The BEST food for 98% of dogs is normal dog food.
What do I feed my dog? I feed Cam Purina One SmartBlend, and we buy the healthy weight (because Cam is on the heavy side). The vet recommended Purina, Eukanuba, and Science Diet (along with a few others that I cannot recall).
This session with Dr. Andy was SO informative to me, and a bit shocking. I didn’t really think it mattered if dogs ate grain free. I immediately shared this info with my friend Cindy, whose goldendoodle (Cam’s BFF:-) was eating grain free. After listening to the video, she took Winston off grain free food.
I so hope this information is helpful to my fellow dog lovers. Please share it with friends and family who might need it. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay (dog) savvy!!!