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Despite every pet food expert and veterinarian shouting from the roof tops that there is no proven health benefit to feeding grain free pet food (with the obvious exception of diagnosed food allergy patients) and in fact most of the grain free diets lead to obesity; there remains an ilk of pet owners that have drank all the Kool-Aid and are steadfast in their insistence on feeding grain free.
While they may not have commercials showing a wolf morphing into a dog suggesting their their grain free diet will bring out his inner ancestor he descended from, there is a very reputable pet food company that offers a grain free option.
The Hill’s Corporation has an invaluable line of prescription disease management diets and also has a commercially available line of diets called Science Diet. Their quality control is exceptional, as well as their never ending research and constant feeding trials to continually hone the best possible nutrient break percentages while still maintaining taste that is appealing to our pets.
As exceptional as Hills may be, they are also a business that understands supply and demand and seeing that for the foreseeable future there will be a sizable market for grain free pet foods, they designed their own line called Ideal Balance.
So again, if you are bent on feeding grain free and there is nothing or I or any other pet health expert can tell you that it is not necessary (and in most cases unhealthy), at least take this piece of advice and choose Ideal Balance. With Ideal Balance, you will at least have a well nutrient balanced diet from a company that engages in top of the line research and exercises excellent quality control.
And if you are thinking that Hills wrote me a check or sent me on a Hawaii vacation to write this, the answer is no, so save any conspiracy assumptions.
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and highly regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.