Many pet owners believe grain-free diets are better for their pets because they assume they are more natural, carbohydrate-free and less likely to result in health problems. This is not the case. No credible evidence has been found showing grain-free diets are better for pets, nor do any nutritional foundations support this claim.
Source: Clinician’s Brief, March 2017.
Pet owners frequently encounter misinformation about grains in pet foods. Here are some of the most common misperceptions:
- Whole grains may be fillers in pet foods
- Grain-free pet foods are carbohydrate-free
- Grains cause food allergies
- Grains cause gluten intolerance
INSIGHTS: Dr. Burns recommends these steps:
- Team members should focus on nutrition and educate clients on the truth versus the hype about niche diets.
- Encourage clients to get information on pet nutrition from the practice team and not the internet.
- Team members should research and recommend a credible brand that focuses on optimal nutrition while providing for client choice, for clients who absolutely want a grain-free product.