LOGIC 101: The Anti-Grain Free Debate
We would like to present some facts.
There is growing concern of dogs developing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which means an enlarged heart. “Between January 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of DCM, including 119 dog deaths and five cat fatalities. Of those reports, 222 of them came between Dec. 1, 2018, and the end of April, the agency said.” (Gibson, 2019)
How many dogs are affected by this?
The Math: This article is using a 5-year number of 524 dogs. So how many dogs are represented in this 5 years? We know the United States has approximately 80 million dogs in any given year. So 80 million x 5 years = 400 million dogs. This means your dog has a .00000131% chance of having a problem or a 1 out of 763,358 chance of developing a problem. We also have to remember that most of the dogs getting sick or dying were breeds already predisposed to having DCM. – Even if 524 dogs were actually effected by grain free diets, the math doesn’t advocate the anti-grain free propaganda.
Was there an actual study?
The Crazy: There has never been an actual study conducted. There have only been opinions that stated maybe’s, might’s, potential’s. There was nothing definitive or conclusive.
Who did this reporting?
The Mystery: It is not stated who did the reporting for the articles. These names were not all made known – Very suspicious. From our research, the reporting came from veterinarians which most, if not all, sell grain based kibble – Again, suspicious.
Why publish these reports?
The Reason: Dogs eating grain free will eat almost half as much kibble, this means pet food companies sell almost half as much kibble. Also, the amount of money made per bag is better with grain based kibble. So, not only do they lose out on the amount they sell, they are also losing out on how much they make per bag. I can tell you as an owner of a pet food company, this grain free movement is costing the big boys in the pet industry a lot of money. No one wants their paycheck to be cut in half.
Who is funding these reports?
The Hush Hush Secret: We have all witnessed 3rd party reporting that seems to be legit, except that it turns out big businesses are funding it for their own agenda. In this case two big companies which won’t be named funded and pushed the reports. We are all wising up to false narratives.
What’s not talked about?
The Elephant In The Room: The dog’s digestive system is not designed to digest grains. Dogs are not cows! Dogs are made to digest meats and fats. Why isn’t the real issue with feeding grains being addressed?
What can we compare this too?
The Perspective: Not many people thought fast food was bad for you in the 80’s and 90’s. It was cheap, tasted good, and very convenient. We all know better now. People are wising up to what they eat, so it’s only logical that this would carry over to their dogs.
What will we do?
The Outcome: We will remove any ingredient that is proven to be bad for your dog. We won’t hesitate, blink, or procrastinate – a change would be made the same day.
Gibson, Kate. “16 dog food brands may cause heart disease in pets, FDA warns” CBS News, July 1st 2019, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dog-food-and-heart-disease-fda-warns-16-dog-food-brands-may-cause-heart-disease-in-pets/