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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Lockwood

Pet Food For Thought!

At Legends Pet Care Services, our focus is on providing comprehensive pet care, including feeding your furry friends based on your preferences. Witnessing the joy in pets during mealtime is one of the many services we offer.

In recent years, the pet care community has engaged in debates over various aspects of canine nutrition. Topics like dry vs. wet food, raw diets, and the grain-free trend have stirred discussions. Personal experiences, such as my dog developing bladder stones, prompted me to reevaluate pet nutrition. Following veterinary advice, a shift to a regular dog food diet was recommended to prevent future issues, highlighting the importance of understanding our pets' nutritional needs.

The grain-free movement gained momentum in 2007, triggered by recalls of pet foods from China containing melamine. Grains like wheat, corn, rice, soy, oats, barley, and rye were initially blamed for health issues in dogs. This led to the widespread adoption of grain-free diets, visible in most pet food aisles today.

Recent research challenges the notion that grain-free diets are universally beneficial for dogs. Contrary to the belief that dogs can't digest grains, studies indicate that 90% of dogs efficiently digest grains. Furthermore, a grain-free diet may pose risks to a dog's heart health, potentially leading to Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), a condition affecting the heart's muscle walls.

In light of emerging facts, it's becoming clear that a balanced diet comprising grains, meats, and vegetables is more suitable for most dogs. Not only is this nutritional approach healthier for dogs, but it also proves to be more cost-effective than opting for grain-free alternatives.

While some dogs may require special diets due to allergies, the majority thrive on a well-balanced, regular dog food. It's crucial to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best nutritional plan for your pet. In my case, following my vet's advice to switch to a balanced diet has resulted in a happy and content dog at mealtime.

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