Are Grain-Free Pet Foods Really Healthier?

We do the best we can to keep our pets happy and healthy so they can live as long of life as possible.  One way to achieve that goal is to feed our pets the best food we can, and meet their nutritional needs for optimum health.

When it comes to shopping for pet food there are so many products on the market to choose from that it can be overwhelming at times.  Good luck with reading the ingredient labels too!

The pet food industry has given corn and soy a bad reputation.  Some people consider corn and soy as “fillers,” meaning they zero nutritional value.

The Washington Post recently published a great article to find out if grain-free pet foods are healthier.  I think you will find their research interesting just as I did.  Enjoy!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/08/15/grain-free-pet-foods-are-no-healthier-vets-say-focus-on-this-nutrition-issue-instead

P.S.  Our friends from Reviews.com also conducted research on the Best Dog Food of 2017:  http://www.reviews.com/dog-food

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Do you know if you are feeding your dog salmonella?

This is a scary thought, I know!  I don’t want to scare you, but I would rather share the information with you than to hear that one of my favorite clients was seriously affected by dog food contaminated with salmonella.

Over this past weekend there has been a surge of voluntary dog food recalls and press releases from the U.S. Federal Drug and Administration (FDA) for foods produced by Diamond Foods.

Since I feed many of your dogs during pet sitting visits and after dog walking sessions, I know the dog foods you purchase, and have seen some of the dog foods in some of your homes that are listed in the press releases.  I am no exception and saw the dog food brand I purchase too!

California is not listed in any of the press releases, but I would rather be safe than sorry and keep you informed.

Click here to read the FDA press release regarding dog food produced by Diamond Foods.  Over the weekend this press release was updated to include Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand dog food.  The other brands listed are:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild
Here are links to the other FDA press releases and dog food brands:
Click here to read the FDA press release for the WellPet LLC food recall.

Click here to read the FDA press release for the Canidae Dog Food recall.

Click here to read the FDA press release for the Natural Balance Pet Food recall.

Click here to read the FDA press release for the Apex Pet Foods recall.

The FDA issued a press release yesterday indicating that an investigation has started.  Click here to read that press release.  If you have any questions you can contact Diamond Pet Foods at (800) 442-0402, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.  You can also file a complaint with the FDA by clicking here.

The last pet food related item I wanted to bring to your attention are the chicken strips that are made in China and distributed in the U.S.  The FDA has not issued a recall, but they have received many complaints of pet fatalities and illness.  If you feed your pet chicken strips, check on the back of the label to see where the product is made.  I, too, purchased some and when I checked the package sure enough they were made in China.  I continue to see these products being sold in grocery stores and pet food stores.  Click here to read more about the advisory issued by the FDA.

Thank you friends,

Kristina