A year after the FDA in the US warned about “grain free” diets possibly being linked to CANINE DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY..., they have gone a step further and have named 16 brands to be associated with the disease.
While the FDA is not calling for a complete stop in the use of said brands, many vets are suggesting to move away from grain free brands that may not meet nutritional standards.
Not all grain-free diets are created equal, and this seems to be the source of the problem.
Many brands that sell grain-free dog foods are replacing nutrient-dense meats with plant-based proteins like potatoes, which are an inadequate substitute for real meat due to the lack of TAURINE (an amino acid found only in meat which plays a vital role in cardiac functions).
When you feed your dog grain free food, it usually ends up having more fats and more complex carbohydrates from those replacement ingredients like potatoes and lentils, which leads to your dog gaining weight over time.
With all the controversy surrounding the new findings, we wanted to share our own opinion with you.
Salters Says….We are a small pet food business that manufactures to recipes that are unchanged for over 20 years.In the document doing the the rounds on social media, is recommendation for a balanced meat diet, as opposed to dry food.Salters Foods, of course are NOT GRAIN FREE, but we believe that their quality is uniquely high in human grade ingredients, with NO CHEMICALS and NO COLOURS.They have a high quality meat content, are well balanced and show our recipes have stood the test of time.If you are able to produce a meat diet at home, that is well balanced and nutritionally correct, that’s great!If however you don’t have the time, experience or can not deal with potential hygiene issues associated with the meat diet… then choose Salters Foods, for your dogs!We believe in the quality of our ingredients and our recipes are important in ensuring that your dogs will get the best out of them.As such we have not jumped on the latest craze of novel ingredients, or untried recipes, before they have been properly assessed by our Nutritionists, with the experience of long-term use.Although no one is certain of the latest issue described in social media it appears to be more common in novel recipes with unusual pet food ingredients.Please call us and discuss, we are very happy to accommodate.