Kristen Cabe said:
.....Corn. I hate seeing corn as an ingredient in dog food. Mainly because it's pretty much useless to dogs, but also because many companies will claim it is an excellent protein source and USE it as the primary (or only) source of protein in the food. Dogs cannot digest corn well, so they are not able to get what little protein there is out of it. Instead, corn can cause hyperactivity (since it is actually a carbohydrate) and more waste. .....
Yes, corn (and other grains) are one of the dog food industry's bigger sins, and (IMO) they have lots of sins to account for.
I'm not familiar with that food, but I just looked it up. There is at least one recipe with no corn, but most have corn in second place on the ingredient list.
Corn, like wheat and barley and other grains, is a protein grain. Most canine food allergies are to a protein, and many involve a grain. Corn is way up there on that list.
Most canine allergies are not food-related. Fleas are by far number one, and environmental/inhalant allergies are number two. Food trails way behind in third place.
But I believe that a grain-heavy diet is detrimental in the long run, because of the reliance on the proteins in the cheap grain when the canine system is designed to get protein from meat, and is not equipped with the enzymes (such as salivary amylase) humans produce, to digest grains in any substantial amount. I also believe that appropriate food helps the system (directly) not to be stricken with allergies of all types, along with other autoimmune disorders.
In the longer run, I believe that grain-heavy foods can stress the canine pancreas to produce a much greater-than-normal amount of grain-processing enzymes to the point that it can contribute to pancreatic derangement, possibly including cancer of the pancreas.
The research I've read points this way, but I'm not a health professional.
I've had very very good results with rescue dogs who had been a mess on very bad diets indeed and who turned around amazingly on good food.
I agree that I too would switch to a low- or no-grain food. Even if raw is not an option, there are now several excellent no-grain choices, among which (I believe) The Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw (not baked, not kibble) shines.
Good catch, Kristen, that you knew there was a lot of grain in this food. I really like to get the word out about ingredients in some (many) commercial foods!