Corn, it has somehow become the enemy of pet food and pet nutrition. I’m not quite sure where it started but now many dog and cat foods proudly state “No Corn!” Pet owners have been led to believe that corn is a cheap filler without any nutritional value and that pet foods containing corn are of lesser quality. This could not be farther from the truth. Corn is a nutritional powerhouse containing amino acids (the building blocks of protein), carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. When corn is ground and cooked it is highly digestible delivering all these nutrients to your pets.
Another common myth is that corn is a common source of allergies. In fact the most common allergens for dogs are beef, dairy and wheat. Cats are most allergic to beef, dairy and fish. So the next time you are shopping for a pet food and are concerned about pet nutrition, I urge you not to let corn be a deciding factor in which brand you choose. It is better to base your choice on how the food was formulated, where it was manufactured and what research was put into developing the food.
Ashley Gallagher, DVM