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Posted: 12/04/18 07:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As a long time feeder of grain free kibble, I was unhappy to hear about a recent study, which shows the potential for heart disease in dogs fed certain grain free kibbles. Apparently, peas, legumes, and white potatoes may inhibit the absorption of taurine, which is needed for heart development and heart health.

I have a 6.5 month old lab puppy, so I'm feeding him grain-inclusive kibble until further studies determine the seriousness of this study. Be aware that even some grain inclusive kibbles contain peas. Read ingredient lists carefully.

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Research continues on this issue. Time will tell. IMO we should follow the most recent reliable opinion.


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Our grain free kibble does not include potatoes or peas as an ingredient. We have a small dog so use Diamond Naturals small breed chicken & rice. They do have other formula's for larger dogs and I believe puppy and senior formulas. We purchase ours at Tractor Supply and know it's available at Menard's stores up north.

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Posted: 12/05/18 04:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's an older thread. There might be some helpful comments in there for you.

I never jumped on the grain free bandwagon, since it (to me) seemed obviously a marketing gimmick much more than science. Plus I've personally known more dogs to have issues with particular meat protein sources than with grains. But I still tend to believe that what's good for humans is good for (most) dogs--a wide variety of healthy food.


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After seeing what my two dogs will eat from the yard in the way of grasses, et al, I’m not that concerned with what comes in their name brand dog chow.


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Posted: 12/05/18 05:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Diamond naturals chicken & rice is not grain free; rice is a grain.
I have nothing against this food; we buy the Costco branded version of it (120-160lbs at a time).

I too agree the grain free diet fad is pure marketing. They are selling “feed your dog what a wolf would eat in the wild”. But then then tell you this fairytale of what wolves eat in the wild. They leave out the facts of wolves eating organ meat (meat byproducts) first then muscle and finally bone (meat byproducts); and wolves eating vegetation (grass) in the summer. Almost forgot to mention the consumption of rodents, birds, and invertebrates (more meat byproducts like feathers).

Source: https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/136/7/1923S/4664711

But why let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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We switched away from a grain free formula about a month ago...on advice from our vet who is also a friend of ours.
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Posted: 12/05/18 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pawz4me wrote:

....I never jumped on the grain free bandwagon, since it (to me) seemed obviously a marketing gimmick much more than science......


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Does your dog need grain free or more,likely limited ingredent? Our Lab mix we fought diahrrea for nearly 3 months before our vet put him on LID. His issues stopped over night. If you want to feed treats, try sweet potatoe fries.


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Posted: 12/05/18 10:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our vet told us she believes grain free is a sales gimmick and if your dog has allergies it is more common to be allergic to chicken and chicken by products than anything else.


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