Grain-Free Pet Food

Grain-free pet food is defined as made without wheat, corn, rice and other grains. Read the latest research, analysis and news on grain-free dog and cat food diets, ingredient and formulation trends and how this limited-ingredient market segment is evolving to meet pet owner and market demands.

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DCM fear lingers as vets say grain-free pet food unhealthy

In the 2021 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey, veterinarians especially believed that grain-free diets were not healthy for dogs or cats.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has largely abandoned their investigation into correlations among certain dog foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy, dog food buyers still make purchasing decisions influenced by the investigation.


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Fresh pet sales trends rising; Grain-free searches down

Along with the types of pet foods people buy, the places they buy the products have been changing too.

With so many new pet owners joining the market and driving sales of pet food and pet supplies forward, there seems to be opportunity everywhere, one industry executive said.


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Label pea-protein cat food as not for ferrets, vet says

Cat food makers may be able to help ferret owners by labeling their product as not for ferrets, if it contains pea protein.

During the past decade, one veterinarian has observed a rise in the prevalence of cystine urolithiasis, a type of bladder stone, especially during the past five years.


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Gut health tops pet owner discussions on social media

Identifying related themes among pet owners’ attitudes and pet food brands’ products may help pet food marketers and formulators develop new products and promote the ones they have.
When pet owners talk about pet products on social media certain terms and themes emerge. Likewise, when pet food companies describe their products on e-commerce sites, marketers use specific terms and follow definable trends.
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Foodomics study not meant to link peas in dog food to DCM

Business-to-consumer news media outlets have covered the research as if it found a causal relationship among certain ingredients, especially peas, and canine dilated cardiomyopathy.
Business-to-consumer news media outlets have covered the research as if it found a causal relationship among certain ingredients, especially peas, and canine dilated cardiomyopathy.
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Sharing pet food analysis data key to avoid another DCM

One response to the DCM situation, the rise of alternative grains, may end up repeating the problem it was meant to fix.
Providing empirical data to back up nutrition claims could help pet food companies avoid another situation like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
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