Many clients come into our clinic and are proud to say they feed their pets a "grain-free" food. But is this really necessary?
Science says no. There are multiple studies out there that actually go against all the "grain-free" marketing that is taking place right now. Carbohydrates are carbohydrates. They are an energy source that is used in the body the same way. It can come from wheat, corn, soy, peas or beans. There is no nutritional difference. Do some animals have an allergy to corn? Yes. But the science shows that it is rare and that most allergens come from beef and dairy rather than grains. The absolute only way to know if your pet has an allergy is to do allergy testing and food trials which take 6-8 weeks. You cannot determine that there is a food allergy when you feed multiple foods, treats, etc in a 2 week period.
You as the pet owner can make the choice of feeding a "grain-free" diet. But know that it may not make a difference. There are many more pets out there with inhalant allergies rather than food allergies. The best way to find out what you should feed your dog is to consult with a veterinarian, not a food manufacturer or sales representative. Remember, they are selling you a product.
If you are feeling confused about making a decision on what your pet should eat, please ask a veterinarian at your pet's next check-up. This is the best way to make an informed decision and can lead to a long and healthy life!
Good luck and may the "source" be with you!