Amino Acids and Dog Diets

I’m convinced no dog should ever be fed a processed diet that contains grains like wheat and corn, both of which are high in phytic acids and enzyme inhibitors, prohibiting the body from properly digesting foods, limiting the available nutrients, causing nutritional deficiencies which can result in any number of disorders including epilepsy. In addition, a grain diet for dogs simply doesn’t provide the necessary amino acids.

This is a must read for dog owners, providing legitimate, thoughtful, valuable explanations as to the benefit of a proper (meat) diet for canines. My brother’s lab has severe epilepsy issues. I’m hoping with this article’s instructions and insights, he’ll put his dog on the amino acid suplement Taurine (which humans should look into also!!). It’s a vital amino acid, easily depleted in a ‘dead food’ diet of processed, canned, already prepared foods or in a vegan/vegetarian diet. Taurine can be manufactured from cysteine, but cysteine is only obtained through eating meat or fish. Whole foods and meats are the only way to go for any creatures needing amino acids, human and canine alike.

Article located at: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/healthydiet.html#NutritionalDeficiencies


  1. The best dog food I found was Natural Recipe. Is it as well as I think it was? I found that it worked really well with my dog .
    — Mark    May 14, 03:13 PM    #
  2. There are some good comparison charts available online. Each manufacturer has a different formulation for each product in their line. Therefore, you need to look at specific ingredients. Nature's Recipes includes rosemary extract in some of their formulations. For dog's with epilepsy, this can promote seizures. Much of selecting a food needs to be done for the dog's individual health and needs. Soy, corn fillers, chicken by-products (high in arsenic), etc., as well as wheat are all poor ingredients in any foods. Here are some sites which may be helpful to you:
    http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=comp-wiz&naturaid=62

    http://www.dogaware.com/

    The only food we've found to be acceptable is made by Wellness. It isn't heat extruded, therefore, it isn't "dead" nutrition. It, however, has been reformulated with canola oil which is troubling. Canola oil has a very short shelf life, becomes rancid quickly, and turns carcinogenic. We are in the process of studying other diets for our standard poodle, Beau. HTH!

    -Sharon
    Sharon    May 15, 05:28 PM    #
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