Diet associated dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

With so much info/misinformation in the media we occasionally have clients concerned about using potatoes/sweet potatoes in diets. Thus, we feel it’s important to explain the differences between how we formulate vs commercial kibble.


Our formulations provide the calories your dog needs within the volume of food s/he tolerates, therefore meeting and surpassing nutrient requirements. Amino acids are plentiful and derived from the best quality food sources i.e. meats/poultry/fish, egg, yogurt.


Commercial diets often have feeding guidelines that provide more calories than a dog needs. When people feed less food, this translates to providing fewer nutrients – including amino acids.


Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Some are essential (the body must receive them from food) while others are considered nonessential (the body can produce them). The body requires two amino acids (methionine and cysteine) to make taurine.


Sweet potato is a great source of valuable antioxidants and fiber to promote gut health.

Potato is a lower sodium food and provides even more potassium in the diet.


The choice of which ingredients to use in a formulation is based on the feeding history and health of a dog. Commercial diets may be formulated to use these foods as a main source of amino acids whereas our formulations use them for their overall positive effects rather than amino acids.


We always respect a client’s comfort level and if after reading this you still prefer grain in your dog’s diet, (and they tolerate it) we will formulate that way.