We all love our pets and want to give them the best, especially when it comes to food. In 2017, Americans spent $30 billion dollars on pet food alone!

Much of the information that pet owners are receiving about choosing their pets food comes from TV and online commercials designed by advertising executives, not nutritionists. As a result, there have been increased sales of diets that are trendy and expensive but may not be the best for your pet’s health. One prominent example is the Grain-Free trend.

Recently, a possible association between dogs being fed “B.E.G” diets (Boutique, Exotic, Grain-free) and a form of heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy is being considered. While more research is definitely needed to determine a possible correlation, in general, these diets are not necessary nor are they recommended.

Below are links to important articles from Tufts University’s Veterinary Nutritionists and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) about grain-free diets. Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that your best resource for what to feed your pet is your veterinarian!

Links:

Grain Free Cat Diets

Grain Free and Boutique Diets

Grain Free Diet

Grain Free Marketing

JAVMA Grain Free

JAVMA Grain Free Update

 

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