If you’re a dog owner, you obviously want to ensure your pooch is as well-taken care of as possible. Providing an adequate diet is a major aspect of good care, so finding the right food for your specific dog and breed is important. There is a great deal of conflicting information regarding what to feed dogs, and you may have heard that peas and potatoes aren’t good for them. Here is an overview of this subject, so you won’t have to stress when it comes to feeding your dog.
Research and findings
According to FDA findings, dog food containing peas, potatoes, and legumes as the primary ingredients can increase dogs’ chances of developing heart disease. The FDA is conducting ongoing research on the link between diet and heart disease in dogs. What prompted the continued research is the fact that increasingly higher amounts of dogs without a genetic predisposition to heart disease were being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and other heart conditions.
Changing your dog’s diet
Research has not yet concluded on the correlation between dogs that eat a diet primarily of peas, potatoes and legumes and heart disease. Despite this fact, it’s safe to say that there is some concern that these foods may be problematic for some dogs. If you’re especially concerned about your dog’s health and diet, you might want to visit your vet for a checkup, if one is due. You might also want to introduce a diet with a reduced amount of the above-mentioned foods. If your dog already has heart disease or other health conditions, then switching to a dog food without potatoes and peas could be the best way to keep your pooch as healthy as possible. Your vet can certainly guide you and help you determine if your dog’s current diet is adequate or not.
Finding specialty dog food
Many dogs require special diets, so more and more dog food manufacturers are creating numerous specialty choices to choose from. Your best and cheapest bet may be to shop around online, as you can easily compare prices, brands and more. Even if you ultimately end up purchasing the specialty dog food locally, the internet can decrease the amount of time it will take to find the food that you’re looking for. You could also ask your dog’s vet for recommendations. He or she could probably give you free samples and even coupons to help you save money.
While Fido will likely gobble up just about any food that you place in front of him, it doesn’t mean that everything you give him is healthy. If your dog has health problems, you may want to tweak his or her diet a bit more strictly than if no health issues exist. Regardless of the type of diet you ultimately decide to put your pooch on, if you want to treat him or her with an occasional small taste of peas, legumes or potatoes, it shouldn’t negatively impact his or her health, unless a vet tells you differently.