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The Woof Meow Show

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The Woof Meow Show, airing since 2004, is hosted by Don Hanson and Kate Dutra of the Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, Maine. The show focuses on educating people about dogs and cats, their behavior, health care, nutritional needs, and their relationship with their people. Guests range from local v… read more


Is Feeding A Grain-Free Food to Our Dogs Dangerous?, with Linda Case

Grain-Free dog food has been all over the news since July 12th and sadly the information the mass media has reported been oversimplified and incomplete. The fact is this is a complex issue.

In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from September 29, 2018, Don speaks with canine nutritionist, science writer, and the author of Dog Food Logic Linda Case about this very issue, asking, Is Feeding A Grain-Free Food to Our Dogs Dangerous? Other issues addressed in the show are:

  • Should dog parents currently feeding their dogs a grain-free diet immediately switch to a non-grain-free dog food?
  • What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy and what is the role of Taurine in the disease and grain-free foods?
  • Does the FDA know with 100% certainty that grain-free food is the cause or could it be something else?
  • There has been some suggestion in posts on Facebook and other places online that one should only purchase dog food that has been tested via AAFCO feeding trials. Is that sound advice?
  • Is it important for dog parents to review the ingredients label when making decisions about what to feed their dog?
Recommended Resources FDA Reports

FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease – 12JUL2018

Questions & Answers: FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Investigation into a Possible Connection Between Diet and Canine Heart Disease

How to Report a Pet Food Complaint

Whole Dog Journal Articles

DCM in Dogs: Taurine's Role in the Canine Diet - What is taurine-deficiency dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and how can dog owners prevent it? (Hint: It involves more than just grain-free foods.) – The Whole Dog Journal – September 2018 –

Please Don’t Panic About the “Grain-Free Thing” – Whole Dog Journal’s Blog – 2AUG18 –

Articles on Don’s Blog ( )

UPDATE! – Pet Nutrition – Grain-Free Foods and FDA Reports of Increased Heart Disease in Dogs

Grain-Free Foods and FDA Reports of Increased Heart Disease in Dogs –

What Do You Feed Your Dog?

Some Myths and Facts – Part 1 – My story with Gus – Maine Dog Magazine – Winter 2017 –

Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Patton

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( ) What do you feed your pets? – Podcast – Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton – Podcast – Pet Fooled – A Look Inside A Questionable Industry with Kohl Harrington –
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