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Grain Free Foods and Heart Disease?

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:23 pm
by etexlady
Interesting article from Tufts Vets school the current concern about a pet's diet and the possible connection to a form of heart disease. Link here: ... gredients/

I've been feeding my dog a premium dog food but it does have some pea-lentil-fiber in the ingredients listing. It's not a "boutique" food and does not have any exotic ingredients so I don't plan to change her food immediately but I'll be following this story and, based on their findings, may do so in the future.

What do you all think?

Re: Grain Free Foods and Heart Disease?

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:24 am
by SherriA
I thought Dr. Dodds perspective was a good one - we need to consider why we make the feeding choices we do and remember that there's a LOT more research to be done on this. I think we all need to remember her final point: "As we keep coming back to, every dog is an individual, and we believe that individual needs should outweigh a devotion to any one way of feeding."

Article is here if you haven't seen it: https://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tu ... 46GX85JGUk

Re: Grain Free Foods and Heart Disease?

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:16 am
by Eponagirl
Here is another well respected vet's perspective on this topic as "food for thought". I notice Dr Coger is featuring more articles regarding this topic and more. Here is the article (and therefore her blog link): ... ome-types/

My new dog just went through heart (PDA plug) surgery at Tufts, so I am watching this topic as well since she is starting off compromised and we make our own food. I think we have to look at what ingredients are being replaced by grains and the effect of them. Tufts had no problem with the diet we currently feed her so far. (mostly meats, organ, bone, etc). I know Dr Coger is a fan of Dr Dodds too, as am I !

Re: Grain Free Foods and Heart Disease?

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:59 pm
by SherriA
Interesting article, thanks for that link!

I can't wrap my head around someone that educated honestly believing that highly processed kibble with low quality ingredients is the best choice because it's made by a big company, or that reading ingredient labels is bad. That's just crazy talk!