Going against the grain: grain free diets

Update: This post has been updated to include the latest research on grain free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy You may have heard the lastest buzzword in pet food is "grain free". However, grain free pet foods came into the market with little to no scientific evidence to support the trend that was largely led by … Continue reading Going against the grain: grain free diets

Gluten and your pet’s nutrition

With the increasing awareness in human nutrition on the prevalence of gluten intolerance and coeliac disease, pet owners and pet food companies have jumped on the bandwagon and began marketing pet foods to be gluten and grain free.But the real question is, how common are gluten allergies and intolerances in pets? What is gluten anyway … Continue reading Gluten and your pet’s nutrition

Cats and grain free diets

Grain free diets have gotten a lot of publicity in the past few years regarding a connection to dilated cardiomyopathy and pet owners are understandably confused as to whether they should steer clear or not, as the research into this concerning finding continues. However, given the ongoing investigations into grain free diets, we mustn't forget … Continue reading Cats and grain free diets

Fillers in pet food – and why they arent a thing!

What is a filler and does pet food actually contain "fillers"? Certain ingredients often get blamed for being of low nutritional value and simply filler ingredients. A filler is something that contains no nutritional value and is added to create bulk in the diet. In pet food, this actually doesn't exist. Everything included in pet … Continue reading Fillers in pet food – and why they arent a thing!

Food allergies & hypoallergenic diets

Often when pets have diarrhea or a skin condition, people immediately jump to the conclusion that their pet has a food allergy. True food allergies in pets are fairly rare (10% of all allergic pets) but they do happen, and can be diagnosed through something called a food elimination trial. This is a strict diet … Continue reading Food allergies & hypoallergenic diets

Vegan pets – is it safe?

Can my dog or cat eat a vegetarian or vegan diet? It's a common question that doesn't necessarily have a simple answer. Usually owners wish to feed a vegan or vegetarian diet because they themselves are vegetarian or vegan and feel uncomfortable feeding meat or animal products to their animal whether for moral reasons or … Continue reading Vegan pets – is it safe?