The Food and Drug Administration has investigated the possibility of a link to DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) in dogs as well as the ingredients used in certain pet food products. In a piece published in the the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, veterinarian and certified veterinarian dietetics expert Dr. Lisa Freeman explains that the problem isn’t just grain-free dietsbut, BEG diets, which contain grain-free recipes (BEG refers to boutique companies with exotic ingredients or recipes that are grain-free).
“The apparent link between BEG diets and DCM may be due to ingredients used to replace grains in grain-free diets, such as lentils or chickpeas, but also may be due to other common ingredients commonly found in BEG diets, such as exotic meats, vegetables, and fruits,” Freeman writes.
In the meantime, it’s best to speak with your veterinarian in case you have any questions. Freeman suggests buying foods from companies that have veterinary nutritionists on staff as well as other experts.
The Best Affordable Grain-Free Dog Food
If you’re going to go to a grain-free diet for your pet do not be discouraged by the high cost. It’s possible to give your dog a balanced grain-free diet while sticking within your spending limit. You only need to shop wisely. We’re here to assist you!
Look over the label and look for ingredients of good quality. The food item should contain:
- Whole proteins, such as beef, chicken and duck and eggs
- A recipe that’s grain-free or has healthy whole grains
- Omega-3 fat acids, glucosamine and chondroitin
- Sweet potatoes are healthy vegetables, such as sweet peas, potatoes, beets and carrots
Avoid food items that contain ingredients that contain artificial colorants, synthetic flavors and sweeteners. For information about specific food items, Dog Food Advisor is an excellent source.
Check out some low-cost grain-free pet food items We’ll also look at three puppy foods that are grain-free.
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