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Grain Free Obesity in Pets


Grain Free Obesity in Pets

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Instead of feeding one cup of food per 20 pounds of ideal body weight, feed one cup for 25 pounds of ideal body weight.

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Hello. I'm Dr. Dave Dolan from The Creekside Animal Hospital and I am The Creekside Vet. Today, we're going to discuss grain-free and boutique foods and their effect on our pets' health.

This is the first in a three-part series on the boutique foods that have recently taken over the dog-food industry. It started with Blue Buffalo who came out with the marketing gimmick and outright falsehood that grains were bad so that they could break into the multi-billion-dollar dog-food industry. Since then, at least three medical problems have become apparent.

I first noticed that dogs who had a stem weight over the previous years started to gain weight unexpectedly about five years ago. Initially, I didn't understand, but after asking about dietary changes, it became apparent that these dogs had changed from their regular dog foods to a new, better dog food that didn't have corn and grains in it.

Blue Buffalo had come into the market like gangbusters and pronounced to the world that grains, and especially corn, were bad for our pets, and people believed it. Obviously, there are a few individuals who responded positively to the change, but most just had a placebo effect.

Why Does a Grain-Free Diet Cause Obesity in Dogs?

It's a good question. Think about this, if you take a low-calorie part of a diet out of the diet, you're forming a concentrate, kind of like taking milk out of chai with milk. So my answer initially, was to feed less of the food and everything would be all right.

Instead of feeding one cup of food per 20 pounds of ideal body weight, feed one cup for 25 pounds of ideal body weight. But there was a problem. "Not so fast," the dogs say, "Where's the rest of my dinner?" They don't want to eat a concentrate. For that matter, neither do I. I'm a glutton and so are the dogs. I would much rather eat a large plate of food than an appetizer that has the same number of calories.

As a result, most people overfeed their pets and voila, they have obesity as the biggest medical problem in our pets.

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