Do You Need To Feed Your Pets So Much Meat? Experts Weigh In

| October 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

By Deena Shanker

Tell your dog to get ready for quinoa kibble.

Pet food trends are following their owners’ tastes. Even the meat-loving brands are marketing plants, the very ingredients they once sidelined – just not the plants the industry has historically relied on, such as the high-protein soybean and corn-gluten meals.

Instead, Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd. offers a Chicken & Quinoa Ancient Grains recipe, for example, and a grain-free line from Nestle Purina Petcare Co.’s Beneful is now “accented with blueberries, pumpkin and spinach.” Honest Kitchen Inc., which uses only human-grade ingredients, has been selling its Chicken & Quinoa recipe since 2006 and now offers Beef & Chickpea, Duck & Sweet Potato, and Fish & Coconut blends as well.Dogs aren’t wolves, after all. They’re omnivores, said Anna-Kate Shoveller, an assistant professor of animal biosciences at the University of Guelph in Canada. “They do quite well on a vegetable-based or a lower-protein diet,” she said.

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