Whole Peas: The Health Benefits
Peas are a dependable source of plant protein and also contain vitamin K, manganese, fibre, and carbohydrates.
In well-balanced diets, pulses (that’s lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas) are not harmful to dogs.
A couple of years ago, pulses got blamed for causing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. The media pointed the finger at pulses, while animal nutritionists shook their heads. The media was misinformed.
Here are 10 facts to help you understand that peas are not the enemy:
- Breeds with the highest prevalence of DCM include Dobermans, Boxers, Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, English Cocker Spaniels, and Portuguese Water Dogs.
- Your dog requires the amino acid, taurine, in their diet to maintain a healthy heart.
- Your dog can convert methionine and cysteine into taurine in their body.
- Your dog’s physiological need for taurine varies with their breed, age, and sex.
- Obesity and diabetes have been related to lower levels of taurine in dogs, so it’s very important to keep your dog at a healthy weight.
- Your dog’s food should be fortified with taurine and/or its precursors (methionine and cysteine.)
- Researchers have found a link between low blood taurine concentration and DCM in breeds such as Scottish Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs, English Setters, and Alaskan Malamutes. Providing these dogs with taurine improved their cardiac function.
- Animal nutritionists combine multiple ingredients to ensure that your dog receives a healthy and balanced diet.
- Pulses have been used in pet food for two decades to provide quality protein and fibre sources.
- Peas are a great source of fibre that can help control body weight.
Norman’s Naturals includes real chicken, barley, oats, and rice, so your dog gets the methionine, cysteine, and taurine she needs. We also include DL-methionine.
Your dog deserves quality nutrition. Our delicious Chicken and Rice blend is balanced, tasty, and sure to provide your dog with lasting energy.
~Guest Contributor, Alyssa Foulkes
Alyssa is a local dog trainer based in Guelph, Ontario.